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Here is a story that happened to some body.

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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Morals of the story:

  • Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mum, 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.

And, if your phone is just... lost, what a good idea is to have an ICE-help label to allow the finder to contact you and other contacts that you decide.

This is the safest way to get it back.