Saturday, April 3, 2010

If you have a Mobile Phone and/or a GPS read on...

We all know not to put our address on our house keys or our registration on the car keys - but have you thought of this?

A couple of weeks ago , some people 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 match, 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 were stolen.

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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their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

* I never thought about the above!
As of now, I no longer have 'home' listed on my mobile phone.


  1. This does all sound a bit urban myth like, but quite plausible too. I have found about half a dozen lost mobile phones and at least three of them had home programmed in, so it was easy to call and tell them to come and collect their phone.

  2. It's extremely plausible :( - shopping centre - GPS gets knocked off - car at shopping centre - fair chance owner's not home - 2+2=opportunity. Better than knocking on the door and taking your chances with any housee (or cutting th epwer and see who comes out) which is what happened to friends!
    It is extremely plausible :(
    I love to think it was an urban myth - but... alas it's not