Thieves use your cellphones, GPS systems, against you [Pretoria News (South Africa)]
(Pretoria News (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CRIMINALS in South Africa increasingly use technology in robberies.
Private investigator Mike Bolhuis has compiled a list of some tech-savvy scams based on his experience.
l Personal information in your car:
Someone left their car in a long-term parking lot while away, with personal documentation and keys in the cubbyhole. A thief broke in and had time to access and break into their home.
Advice: if you have to leave your car like that, do not leave things like your registration/insurance documents or your remote and keys.
While someone was at a sporting event, their car was broken into. Things stolen from the car included the GPS device, a remote control and keys. When they returned home, the house had been ransacked.
The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house and the remote control to get into the house. They had time, knowing the owners were occupied at the game.
Advice: think about not putting "home" as an address, but rather a nearby facility such as a petrol station. Don't leave keys and remote controls in the car.
l Cellphone names
A woman's handbag with her cellphone, credit cards and wallet was stolen. Her husband received a message he thought was from her, asking him to remind her of a pin number. He replied, with the number, and the thief withdrew money from their account before he realised it was a hoax message.
Advice: don't disclose relationships (such as "mom" or "hubby" or "home") in your cellphone contact list. If someone requests sensitive information in an SMS, confirm by calling the person back.
l Bag in the trolley scam:
A woman went grocery shopping and left her bag in the child seat of the trolley while she reached for an item. Next minute it was gone and she reported it stolen to the store staff. When she got home, she got a call from the store security who said they had her wallet. She rushed back, to be told that security had not called her. When she got home again, she had been burgled.
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