Guard data against tech-savvy thieves [Star, The (South Africa)]
(Star, The (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Criminals in South Africa are becoming more tech savvy and are using belongings like cellphones and GPS devices to rob their victims twice.
Private investigator Mike Bolhuis said he has come across a number of scams which he says show that many thieves are far from stupid.
He has compiled a list of some tech-savvy scams which he says people need to be made aware of to ensure the same thing doesn't happen to them:
Private information |left in your car
Some people left their car in a long-term parking lot while away and a thief broke broke into the car. He used the information from the car's papers in the glove compartment, including their address. He then drove to the victim's home and robbed it.
"So if you're going to leave your car in long-term parking, you should not leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener," Bolhuis says.
A car was broken into while the owners were at a sport event. Their car was parked on a green adjacent to the stadium.
Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS device which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.
When the victims got home, they found their house ransacked and everything worth anything 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 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. They had enough foresight to bring a truck to empty the house of its contents. "Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in to it. Put a nearby address (like a store or petrol station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else knows where you live if your GPS is stolen," says Bolhuis.
A woman has changed the way she lists her contacts on her cellphone after her handbag was stolen.
Her handbag, which contained her cellphone, credit card and wallet was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he told her he had received a message asking about their pin number.
The husband said he had replied to the message giving the pin he thought she had forgotten.
When the couple rushed to the bank, they were told their money had already been withdrawn.
The thief had used the stolen cellphone to text "hubby" in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Bolhuis says you should never disclose the relationship between you and the people on your contact list.
"Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom and very importantly, when sensitive information is being asked through texts, confirm by calling the person back, Bolhuis says.
"Also, when you're texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, call back to confirm 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."
Purse in the shopping|trolley scam
A woman went grocery shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the trolley while she reached for something.
Her wallet was stolen and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a call from the mall security saying they had her wallet.
She rushed to fetch it only to find security had not called her. By the time she returned home, her house had been broken into and burgled.
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