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GPS Mobile Phone lesson that could save lives


This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic
technology. Be very careful about how you program your cell phone, leaving your GPS in
the car and answering text messages. Since your GPS usually needs your
home address to guide you home from a trip, consider putting a wrong address in
it, possibly a number on the next block. Be sure to read this thoroughly.

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 Navigation unit that had been prominently mounted on the

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 up
the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of
its contents.

A lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile
phone. 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 already.'

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already withdrawn.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he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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, Mom, etc.... and very importantly, when sensitive info is
being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you receive text
messages from 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.

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