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Remember, Not ALL Thieves Are Stupid..

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Technology is great, but just look at how electronics we use on a daily basis can be used against us if they fall into the wrong hands:

GPS:
A couple of weeks ago, a friend told me that someone she knew 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.

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 gets stolen.

Cell Phones:
This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc. was stolen.

20 minutes later, she called her husband from a pay phone to tell him what had happened. He 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 When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account!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 Story:
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.

Most importantly, when sensitive info is being asked for through texts, CONFIRM by calling them back.

Also, when friends or family text you to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back and 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 texted you..

 

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Francesco

    March 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I always get a good laugh when people “check in” to their homes on social media sites. It’s such a stupid thing to do.

    • Ron E46

      March 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Better to check in at home than to check in “away”

  2. Rich Lavene

    March 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    The one issue with the address in the GPS…isn’t everyone’s address on their insurance card in the glove compartment?

    • Sujeet

      March 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

      I had the same thought.. But I know a lot of people who carry their insurance and registration cards in their wallet.

      If not, maybe you can just hide them somewhere in the car where thieves wouldn’t think to look.

      • Francesco

        March 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        I’ve come across people who keep their birth certificates and social security cards in their wallets. Some people just don’t think.

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