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Old 02-25-2009, 10:51 PM
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This should give us something else 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 out the house.
It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.


I would have 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 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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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 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 first.
Also, when by text you're being asked by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm
that the message actualy came from them.
If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' when it may not be them at all!.

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Old 03-11-2009, 04:30 AM
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The GPS one I had heard about (that's why I always set the GPS home location to my office and not my flat)! As the for the mobile phone, that's a clever one indeed.

And they say crime doesn't pay!!!
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:09 AM
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I am the opposite of you Si, I had heard the cell phone one, not the GPS. You must admire the ingenuity of the thieves in this regard however. This is also a case of why you should password protect your device
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