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Plano Auto Service Provider Warns About GPS Units and Mobile Phones

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago a client came into the shop and told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game.Their car was parked in the stadium parking lot.

Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the windshield.

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.

MOBILE PHONE
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 contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, keys (think about everything that women carry in their purses).

Twenty minutes later when she called her husband, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he said ‘I got your text asking about our PIN number and I’ve replied a little while ago. How did you forget it?’

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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 the request by calling not sending it via a text.

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.

At The Auto Shop, we are always working to help to keep you safe even if it has nothing to do with your car. :-) Safe motoring,

Jerry

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