Tuesday, June 03, 2008

FYI Re:texting

This makes total sense......

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 When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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

3 comments:

The Perry Family said...

Okay,that makes tons of sense, but I've always been concerned if I got in an accident or something like that, that who ever found me would be able to figure out who to call by the "names/titles" in my cell phone.

Dacia said...

Another good point Chels. This actually happened to me too. I happened upon an accident and we had to use the guy's cel phone to call his family and that's the only way we knew how to dial for him. Maybe it would just be better not to text sensitive information right!

Bren's Life said...

I read an email once that said to put your emergency name under ICE for of course " In Case of Emergency" the fire dept. knows who to contact if you are not able to tell them.. So that's what I have in my cell. But I get charged for texting & never do it. So my hubby would think twice before giving out info. And I don't even think he knows my pin...

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