The Bad Side of Technology-Protect yourself
Posted By: William Lambert on March 23, 2009 |
A couple of weeks ago a couple had their car broken into while they were at a football
game. 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 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withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the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 phone 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.
*PLEASE PASS THIS ON *
I never thought about THAT! As of now, I no longer have 'home' listed on my cell phone.
Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby
address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to,
but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.
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Marta FernandezThank you for sharing this--my home phone was on my cell--the first time I "lost it" I live in a Latino neighborhood--and the person who found it was also Latino, as we tend to feel for our own when we do wrong--I called my cell phone and my house number,came up and he repeated my house number. So I took my son with me to retrive it, but now after this post I will take house number off. Criminals came in all colors .
CUNY -Queens College class of 1985
Monday, March 23rd 2009 at 11:32AM
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