Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Be aware of your modern gadgets

> This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic
> technology.
> A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had
> their car broken into while they were at a football
> match. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the
> football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things
> stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some
> money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.
> When the victims got home, they found that their house had been
> ransacked and just about everything worth anything had
> been stolen.
> The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then
> used the garage remote control to open the garage
> door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were
> at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to
> finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean up the
> house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of
> its contents.
> I never thought of this.......
> This lady has now changed her habit of how she
> lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen.
> Her
> handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet...
> Etc... Was stolen.
> 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a
> pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your
> text
> Asking about our Pin number and I've replied a
> little while ago.'
> When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff
> told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had
> actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact
> list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had
> withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
> Moral of the lesson:
> Do not disclose the relationship between you and
> the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey,
> Hubby,
> Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.... And very
> importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts,
> CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you're being text by friends or
> family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that
> the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful
> about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
> * I never thought about THAT! As of now, I no
> longer have 'home' listed on my cell phone.
> .

Circulated by Poi W. Story has some holes, so I doubt how true it is.

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