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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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