Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beware!!

I never stop being amazed at how clever crooks are. They have now figured out how to use simple technology against you! My sorority sister just sent this to me, and I thought I would pass it along to yall!

GPS

A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they wereat 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 out the house. It would appear th at they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

MOBILE PHONE

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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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.

8 comments:

Lis said...

Thanks for this post - sometimes we all forget how crazy people out there are!!

Southern Belle said...

Very informative. Thanks love=)

Mona said...

Thanks for sharing. It's a good reminder to pay attention and not become a victim!

Lou Lou said...

oh my goodness. that is just too scary! thanks so much for this post!

Her Preppiness said...

Thanks for the post. We all have to be vigilant all of the time.

Kappa Prep said...

Sacry! I am thankful I do not have a GPS now and good thing I am the only person that knows my pin!!

Sweet, Sassy, and Always Classy said...

Whoa that is creepy! I can't believe people sometimes... Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm off to change my phone numbers now.

Miss Elle Lee said...

Oh my gosh!! Thank you for this post!!! I leave my Garmin on my dash...that's so scary!!! It definitely makes me think twice about leaving it up now!