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1. Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

2. GPS.
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and aGPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been 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 football 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. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.


I never thought of this…….

This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell 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 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 When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:

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

b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

c. 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.


* I never thought about the above!

As of now, I no longer have ‘home’ listed on my cell phone.

Even if this does not pertain to you….Pass it on to your family and friends.


You can’t be too careful. Hackers are cleaver.

You can’t be too careful. Hackers are cleaver.


I’m writing this so everyone is updated on what the creeps are doing now

I received the following message today from SKYPE:
Hi there XXXXXX (my name),

Registered email successfully changed
Registered email address successfully changed. We’ve updated your registered email address to

(an email address CLOSE to mine but NOT MINE)

. Visit your account (THIS WAS A CLICKABLE LINK) to review your changes at any time.

If you have not changed your email address, please contact Skype Customer Service with any questions as someone may have fraudulently gained access to your account.
Talk soon,
The people at Skype

STUPID ME..I KNOW BETTER , but glanced at the mlm911 address I used for accounts online. I clicked on the view my account and as soon as I clicked, I closed the browser realizing that was stupid to click. IMMEDIATELY my Skype online closed, so I realized that something was NOT right, so I went to and looked for a # to call them. I could not find one so I called Ben. In talking to him I realized not only was my friends list at danger but also my CREDIT Card.

I had put in a credit card to buy minutes to call when I was in Europe and evidently Skype kept it online. I logged on to my credit card account and saw a long list of about 25 charges ALL Today from $10-$25 each ready to drop from Skype. I called my credit card company and shut down the account immediately.

Now I have to wait to get a new credit card.

I KNOW not to click links yet it happened so fast as I glanced at the email, I did it without thinking. DUH.

I also got a 2nd email from SKYPE saying I ordered something DUH obviously these jerks are busy at work. ( I HAVE FILED A REPORT WITH SKYPE)

We’ve delivered your order
Your Skype Number is now ready for you to use. In some cases you may have to wait up to an hour for your Skype Number to be activated. If you’re still having problems, visit our help section.
So now what?

You should be able to start using your purchase immediately. However, in some cases, you may have to wait up to an hour for it to be activated. If you’re still having problems, visit our help section.
Next steps

Here’s your Skype Number: +44 1264 98 xxxx. Share it with family and friends:




I also learned a new Facebook trick they are doing from my credit card security company. Hackers are sending messages to people saying HI beautiful, or hi cutie, or hi there, and a message saying they want to connect and get to know you.

When you connect with these people, they now have access to your friends as well. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THEM DO NOT ACCEPT ANY FRIEND REQUEST and check your facebook privacy settings

It’s always wise to be careful. I’m one of the most cautious ever and yet I did a stupid thing today. Be advised to pay close attention. Make sure you set up your security on your FB account so only friends and family can see you.

I posted a note on my own Facebook page today direction on how to do that.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you can’t be too careful these days.



Do you ever receive strange emails? Not a week goes by that I don’t get at least 2 or 3 dozen emails, from companies claiming my package shipped, my bank account is over drawn, Or I just need to click to see my invoice.

The look very real. I have to stop and look at it and let the email process thru my brain. At first it looks so official, that you don’t tend to think about how you don’t even have a bank account at that bank, or you didn’t order anything.

When in doubt, HIT DELETE. Never click a link from a stranger even if the email sounds good. If it’s real, they will contact you some other way.

Never chick the link and NEVER log in to your account or put in your information when you get a link like that. Better to be safe than sorry.


Proceed with Caution

If you are offered something “free”, or an ebook because you bought something else, proceed with caution. A lot of times you may buy something online, and the site will offer you some bonuses.

Usually the free bonus, is to capture your contact information, your email or phone number, so they can put you on a list to sell you more and more things.

Having been burned so many times I have learned to be careful and look at all the angels. If I do sign up for something, I have also learned to use a junk email address. There were too many times, I didn’t know better and then got put on a mailing list and buried alive.

It’s always best to take time before making that purchase. Ask around, ask others that bought the same thing. If you insist on signing up for a free bonus, be sure to set up a junk mail address. It’s better to be safe than sorry.