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Never give your card PIN number

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Never give your credit card PIN number to anyone. Absolutely nobody. This is as sacred as it is obvious. And then, why do you get bored talking about something so elementary?

Well, it turns out that an American tourist was traveling in Rome and was approached by two men who identified themselves as policemen dressed in camouflage.

This is how he tells it:

On June 14, 2008, on a deserted street in Rome, two men approached me who claimed to be camouflaged police officers. They asked me for the identification and PIN of my debit card on the grounds that it was a common practice in Italy to verify identity with the bank.

Despite my obvious suspicions, my instinct was to follow the game. The appearance of these men was threatening, they claimed to be police officers and my condition as a foreigner conditioned me not to resist their demand. So I handed them the PIN because I felt that not doing so the consequences could be much more serious.

They returned my wallet without the debit card. I called my bank to cancel the card but the thieves had already withdrawn 250 euros from an ATM. Later that day, I reported the case to the bank but the request was denied since it had been me who had voluntarily offered the PIN number to a third party.

I suppose that by presenting to your bank a report of theft through an Italian commissioner made the same day, I would have solved the issue. However, it seems that he did not. I doubt that thinking that pair of guys were really cops would throw him back. Anyway, it is very easy to criticize from a distance. To know what would happen to Derek in those moments ...

At least, I wouldn't have doubted it for a second and went to the first police station on duty.

Via | Elliott

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