PHONEY TEXT – WHAT NEXT?

by Jeanne Hambleton © 2008

NFA Leader Against Pain-Advocate

 

 

An email arrived at my inbox this morning warning of the dangers of too much information.

As if it is not enough with our Govt.  taking money from us without our permission, we now have to put up with more ‘robbing hoods’ stealing our money from the bank.

 

This information which is called cell phone advice is certainly worth recommending to friends and family.  

 

It reads, “I never thought of this…
This lady has 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.
Twenty 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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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, Mom, 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.



 

PLEASE PASS THIS ON

I never thought about THAT!  As of right now, I no longer have ‘home’ named on my cell phone.”

 

The moral of this story is get your own PIN number and do not share it with anyone. Take care and beware. Jeanne 

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About jeanne hambleton

Journalist-wordsmith, former reporter, columnist, film critic, editor, Town Clerk and then fibromite and eventer with 5 conferences done and dusted. Interested in all health and well being issues, passionate about research to find a cure and cause for fibromyalgia. Member LinkedIn. Worked for 4 years with FMA UK as Regional Coordinator for SW and SE,and Chair for FMS SAS the Sussex and Surrey FM umbrella charity and Chair Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK - finding funding for our "cause for a cure" and President and co ordinator of National FM Conferences. Just finished last national annual Fibromyalgia Conference Weekend. This was another success with speakers from the States . Next year's conference in Chichester Park Hotel, West Sussex, will be April 24/27 2015 and bookings are coming in from those who raved about the event every year. I am very busy but happy to produce articles for publication. News Editor of FMS Global News on line but a bit behind due to conference. A workaholic beyond redemption! The future - who knows? Open to offers with payment. Versatile and looking for a regular paid column - you call the tune and I will play the pipes.
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