Beware GPS users!!


Just want to share this. It's very important if you can read it until the end. If you've read this, let just take it as a reminder.

This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology. Even if you do not have a GPS, the rest of the story is interesting & may prove to be useful too.

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.

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, 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 ." 

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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.
"Always be careful, prevention is better than cure"



16 Responses to "Beware GPS users!!"
  1. oh my this is scary..
    it seems the environment we live in and the technology we are using, are no longer save to ease our daily lives..

  2. yup. we need to be extra careful using these technologies.

  3. Tq shu'bah.Info menarik.
    Ada cadangan ke if x d galakkan letak name list dlm hp mcm ummi,abah,hubby etc.Nak d gantikan dgn apa?

    Tak kan nak letak nama2 makanan,e.g kakak=bayam,abang=carrot,adik=fish n chip etc.
    or maybe benda like abg=kasut,kakak=akuarium etc.

    Just mintak pandangan n cdangan..hehe

  4. ouch.. teknologi makan diri nih..

  5. @nabil

    shh..xleh bgtau org nk letak pe. kang same gak org tau. letak je name penuh,kite pon tau name mak bapak kite pe kan?


    yup. kna lebih bhati2 la.

  6. tq for info..

    baru tau pasal ni. be more careful these days. macam-macam boleh terjadi

  7. no problem. just sharing important info.

    Jgn lupe sebarkn.

  8. ohooo... skang ni mmg kena b'hati2. saya pon kalu kuar mana2 takut gile beg kena ragut. haha. so slalu kad bank letak dlm poket sluar. in case pape jd.. still ada backup :)tp bila hujung sem.. kad bank letak dlm beg. duet lak letak dlm poket. haha. hujung sem mana ada duet dlm bank. :))

  9. bgus. kna slalu bhati2. jgn bwk latge sum of money dlm beg or poket satu2 mase. :)

  10. hmm..need to be more carefull of things like this..thanx 4 sharing

  11. @matgeo

    yup. this day & age, private info like this is very important and can also cause you your life. Nauzubillah


    ini sangat serius..haha

  12. what is diff between gps n gprs?

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  13. GPS = Global Positioning System, help you when you're travelling by giving directions.

    GPRS = General Packet Radio Service, for internet on mobile phone.

    I thought you guys in UK know about this since you'll need it when travelling.

  14. no if by train

    adik amru?
    keciknye dunia blog ni
    ku skrg tinggal dalam bilik dia masa kat sini

  15. yup. mmg kecik dunia blog ni..hehe

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