Worked in telemarketing
Let her off. She's obviously working towards going straight.
Brazilian cops have cuffed two members of the so-called "gang of blondes" - a pack of she-devils who allegedly carried out up to 50 express kidnappings in Sao Paulo between 2011 and 2012. The group - led by Wagner de Oliveira Gonçalves and his wife Monique Awoki Casiota - are accused of targeting visibly affluent female …
then if threatened give a working pin number that does hand out money but also sets off a sequence of threat-related actions - such as capturing images at cashpoint machines, car and mobile phone tracking etc, that can only be stopped by a trusted third party verifying that the cardholder is safe and well.
because you just know that the average punter (who has enough trouble remembering One pin, let alone two) will at some point type in the wrong one, or, more likely, will not remember the alternative pin at the crucial time due to brown-trouser issues.
I thought that there was some plan to have it as being your existing PIN in reverse. That way you don't have to try to remember it. I.e. if pin = 1234 then panic = 4321. Note ATM gives out the money in any case.
It would seem reasonable to have a low impact panic system such as having the card blocked for the next x hours (after the panic transaction completes), rather than squirting ink in the face of the user. That way, the mugger knows they have the right PIN, but they can't use the card again. They would have to hold onto the mugee for x hours until the card became free, or else Mugee would raise alarm. Also having got 1 'amount' of money out (i.e. the panic transaction) they would be more inclined to just chuck the card away.
So more of a damage limitation for both customer and bank... Also means mugee can give out PIN without having fingers broken etc.
...and the fact that if the PIN were reversible, the mugger might just call your bluff and enter the PIN you gave them backwards, thus entering the correct PIN and rendering the under duress pin pointless.
Also, if the consequences of entering the under duress pin were that cash was dispensed the first time but then the card was blocked, would the kidnappers not keep hold you you until the second transaction and then break your fingers anyway for giving them the wrong pin?
Because then people would *use* it. And banks would then be liable for what happens to the victim when an angry mugger gets a face full of indelible dye from a cash machine.
It's easier just to tell the user to "Never ever give out your PIN to anyone else".
Ah, that's a joke. You see, for one reason or another, a huge number of people believe that Buenos Aires is the capital of Brazil. And this is incorrect. The capital of Brazil is Brasilia - Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina.
Come to think of it, I believe it would be most the north americans who believe this...
And we (brazilians) speak portuguese - not spanish. :D
Only El Reg would get away with being so dismissive of the intelligence and linguistic abilities of its own readership. I'm sure that there would be plenty of El Reg readers like me who, although not speaking Portuguese, had no trouble reading what Lester wrote about us, without any need to resort to Google Translate or the like.
Couple that with a culture of corruption. Seems like the more oppressive a nation's laws, the more money there is to be made by selling out.
Being poor, relative or otherwise does not make criminals, and saying that denigrates a lot of very good people. I know plenty of very poor people that would and do literally go hungry rather than take what's not theirs. Crime being viewed as acceptable is what makes criminals.
I have apprehended far, far, far more wealthy shoplifters than I have poor ones. They do it for the thrills.
Let's just get this over with and extend the philosophy to 'all sales is bad' after all customers will just 'appear' handing over the money to pay our wages. We just need to hang out a sign.
Alternatively of course we can pay our wages via the traditional start-up method of conning the investors/banks/pension funds etc. that works out well.
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