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ALERTS: GPS & Mobile Phones

Something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

1. GPS

Our friends had their car broken into while at a football game. Their
car was parked on the green adjacent to the stadium and specially
allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included: a
garage door remote control, some money and a GPS prominently mounted on
the dashboard.

When the victims got home, they found that their house had been
ransacked and just about everything had been stolen. The thieves used
the GPS to guide them to the house ("Go Home" feature), and used the
garage remote control to gain entry to the house. They knew the owners
were at the game, 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.


Never thought of this: This lady has now changed her habit of how she
lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag, containing her
cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen.

20 minutes later when she called her husband, from a pay phone telling
him what had happened; and he says: "I got your text asking about our
Pin Number and I've replied a little while ago." When they rushed down
to the bank, they were told all the money was already withdrawn. The
thief actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact
list, and get the pin number.. Within 20 minutes he had emptied their

Do not disclose relationships between you and those in your contact
list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom,
etc. Most importantly, when sensitive info is asked through texts,
CONFIRM by calling back.

Also, if you get a text from friends or family to meet them somewhere,
be sure to call back to confirm 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 - Be alert how you list personal information on your
cell and GPS

Retired in Pensacola and enjoying it.