A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their
car broken into while they were at a football game. 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 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.

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.

A lady who got taken 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.' "That wasn't me," she screamed.

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money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank

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....Harry, Mary and The Fairy will do just fine.

And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts,
CONFIRM by calling back. THE PHONE. VOICES. Old fashioned
but hey...super identifiable!

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. Cuz it might not be Harry, Mary or the Fairy.

*PLEASE PASS THIS ON * I never thought about the above! As of now, I no
longer have 'home' listed on my cell phone.