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Emergency call ATM Withdrawal

If you are ever forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will immediately be dispatched to help you. The broadcast stated that this method of calling the police is very seldom used because people do not know it exists and it might mean the difference between life & death. I hope that none of you will have to use this, but I wanted to pass it along just in case you had not heard of it. Please pass it along to everyone possible?

This seems too good to be true and it's a shame we can't test the system.


Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice!
A corporate  attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.
1.  The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your  checks.
2.  Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED".
3. When you are writing checks to  pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on  the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card  company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your  check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have  access to it.
4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your  home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If  you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS#  printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if  you have it printed, anyone can get it.
5. Place the contents of  your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit  card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the  account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in  a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel  either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social  Security number, credit cards.
Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have  firsthand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a  week, the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package,  applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a  Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving  record information online, and more. But here's some critical  information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone  you know:
1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card  numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find  them.
2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where  your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers  you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if  there ever is one).
But here's what is perhaps most important of all : (I never even thought to do this.)
3. Call the 3 national credit  reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your  name and Social Security number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was  made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that  checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
By the time I was  advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had  been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the  thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away (this weekend someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.
Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact if your wallet, etc., has been stolen:
1.) Equifax:  1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans  Union: 1-800-680-7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):  1-800-269-0271
We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just  about everything. But if you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help someone that you care about