A couple of people in my Facebook circle shared this meme around the same time as each other yesterday afternoon. Within an hour, each of these separate posts already had someone posting a Snopes article debunking the “reverse PIN panic code” delusion.
“If a thief forces you to take money out of an ATM, do not argue or resist. What you do is punch in your pin # backwards. EX: if its 1234, you’ll type 4321. When you do that, the money will come out but will be stuck in the slot. The machine will immediately alert the local police without the robbers knowledge & begin taking photos of the suspect. Every ATM has the feature. Stay Safe.”
First off, every ATM does not have this feature. Second, ATM cameras are recording 24/7. Finally, notice how this message completely glosses over what to do if your pin code is a number that reads the same backwards as it does forwards (a palindrome)?
At this time, “The Spirit Science” isn’t quite organized enough to be classified as a cult, but their recent fundraising threatens their status as being just a “New Age movement.” Spirit Science’s YouTube videos feature cartoon characters who talk about drugs, peddle conspiracy theories and target anyone who’s gullible enough to overpay for their tawdry merchandise.
The creator of Spirit Science is a Winnipeg native who goes by the names: “Jordan Duchnycz” or “Jordan David Pearce.” As per usual, RationalWiki catalogues it all:
Frauds, hoaxes, pseudoscience, fake news, scams, certain “trends” or “movements,” conspiracy theories, and any other BS lurking around on the internet will serve as content fodder for this blog.
It’s no secret that there’s a lot of questionable content on the internet.
Some of this content is there to troll the gullible, some of it’s there because desperate people are willing to mislead others to make a living, but the bulk of it is comprised of the unsubstantiated, uneducated opinion of average individuals.
And that’s all okay, because we learn from our experiences whether they are good or bad. But what’s not okay is loitering in this impressionable state for too long as there are many out there who thrive on taking advantage of the temporary ignorance of others.