I received this story from my friend and colleague Toni Guerrero, who writes:
“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 payphone telling him what 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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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 and so on.
And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked for through texts CONFIRM by calling back. Please note, I said “calling” back and not texting back!
Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back and 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.”
I certainly did not think of the above! Take care and be safe. Oh, and don’t forget – pass this on to everyone that you know.