Boise Police say social media sites can lead people astray when it comes to ATM safety, but there are ways to protect yourself.
"ATM reversal is an exact example of a hoax," Dale Dixon, spokesman for the Better Business Bureau, told KBOI.
It's no surprise rumors spread instantaneously on the Internet, especially when it comes to social media sites. The latest craze to pop up on Facebook is a message about reversing your ATM pin number to summon police.
"I generally don't think very many things are the internet are credible," Boise resident, Jenessa Hansen said.
While many say they are careful about what they share, this ATM posts has more than half a million shares on Facebook. Boise police say posts like this start as a practical joke and end up giving people a false sense of security.
"That's just one of many, the pin number backwards one. Yeah is kind of just an eye roller," Detective Wade Spain said.
While the pin reversal won't help you in an emergency, KBOI did some digging and found some things that will. It's always important to check an ATM machine carefully. If something looks like it is out of the ordinary, it's best to use a different machine.
It's also important to keep in mind, skimming device will often block the blinking light where you insert your ATM card. You can also block your hand plugging in your pin. Skimmers take the magnetic information from your card, and use a camera to catch you typing in your pin, so by blocking any possible camera, you put a stop to the heist.
Police say skimming devices can pop up on other machines, like gas station pumps.
"We've seen activity involving across the country and including here in the Boise area," Detective Wade Spain said.
So it's important to be extra careful, especially since we access these machines at all hours of the day.