4 Digit PIN only London /Paris?

Mar 11th, 2005, 11:10 AM
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4 Digit PIN only London /Paris?

When we travelled to London a few years ago we changed our debit card PINs to 4 digits per the advice of our bank. My son is going on a school trip to London and Paris soon and has been told by his bank that his 6 digit PIN is fine. Is this correct?
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Mar 11th, 2005, 11:17 AM
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There have been numerous reports that only 4-digit PINS work in europe. So - unless the person at the bank who told him 6 is ok has been to europe recently and trested it out - I wouldn;t buy it.
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Mar 11th, 2005, 03:11 PM
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Only 4 digits PINs work. Have the bank change it.
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Mar 11th, 2005, 03:21 PM
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Yes, my friend told me the same thing. That only a 4 digit PINs will work at the Automated Banking Machines in Europe. I had enough €s that I exchanged when I travelled. So, I did not test it out. I would change it to a 4 digit PIN. The bank personnel may not be as informed.
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Mar 11th, 2005, 03:29 PM
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Once upon a time not so long ago the advice was correct; most European ATM's worked on 4 digit PIN's. That is no longer necessarily so and it is claimed that 99.9% of European ATM's will take up to 6 digit PIN's. Note I used the word claimed, all my PIN's are 4 digits so I haven't tested it. But on these boards we hardly read of any reports of people not being able to use ATM's because they didn't have a 4 digit PIN.

So....well I really can't tell you for sure but I suspect 6 digit pin's will work.
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Mar 12th, 2005, 05:19 PM
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Most phone numbers in the US require 10 digits. Haven't you ever entered more after the first 10 and still got connected? Try it. The system is programmed to ignore anything but the first 10.
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Mar 12th, 2005, 05:40 PM
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All of my cards, with the exception of one, only have 4-digit pins. I leave my 6-digit pin ATM card at home.

I have never seen anyone post that they actually used a 6-digit ATM card in Europe, and it worked.

Anybody out there consistently used a 6-digit pin ATM card throughout Europe?

I think I'm going to take mine next trip just to check it out.
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