The following is an email forwarded by Wng. Comndr Karnik. I think it is worth keeping it in our minds.
Must read it can happen with anyone..... so easy trick......
Her handbag which contained her mobile, credit card, purse.. .etc....wasstolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, telling him whathappened. Husband says, 'I've just received your SMS asking about your 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When they rushed down to the bank, the Bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 pickpocket had actually used the stolen hand phone to sms 'hubby' inthe contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 mins he hadwithdrawn all the money from the bank account an ATM .
Moral of the lesson :
Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in yourcontact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, sweetheart, Jaanu, Dad, Mum etc..................and very importantly, when sensitive info isbeing asked thru SMS, CONFIRM by calling back .
Be Careful....Share This info with all of our friends...
But in case of emergency, is there any way-out?
Yes. We have reproduced below a small write-up from the August 2008 Issue of Dignity Dialogue (Page 63):
ICE will spaek for you when you are not able to.....
We all carry mobile phones with names and numbers stored, but none other than ourselves knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending to us may find our phone, but would not know who to call.
The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. All you need to do is store the number of a person or persons who should be contacted during emergency, under the name "ICE" (in Case of Emergency).
The idea came to a paramedic who found that at the scene of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but no clue whom to call. He therefore thought it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognised name for this purpose.
In an emergency, Police and hospital staff would able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE". For more than one contact, simply enter ICE1, ICE2, and ICE3 etc.
A great idea that will make a difference !