Issue 35

February 2010

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Telephone Callers

Recently a lady in a village near Ripon was contacted by telephone and told she was eligible for an extra £50 of winter fuel allowance. The caller required her bank account details to deposit the money. This is a scam to obtain bank account details. Please do not pass your bank account details to anyone who rings no matter how official they may sound.

GPS

Something to consider if you have a GPS -

A) don't put your home address in 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 would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

B) Don’t leave it in your car.

An example:

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 a GPS 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 appears that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

The following items have been submitted as reminders of potential dangers; some are commonsense, others are less obvious. I think some emanate from the USA.

Mobile Phones

Have you thought of this?

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When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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

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.

Outside Activities of interest to U3A Members

Two Opportunities to Learn and Play Crown Green Bowls

If you would like to learn to play Crown Green Bowls please contact Mary & Alan after 30th March.

 

Mary Mason

Low Harrogate Bowling Club is seeking new members.

Our premises at Tewit Well Road include a fine bowling green and good club house facilities.

Bowls is a good social activity providing exercise, plenty of fresh air and good company. (Some of our members are also members of U3A).

No experience is necessary and tuition is readily available.

We open our summer season in April and are planning an open Day to welcome new, potential members.

Please contact our secretary — Carol Hawkins

Are You Security Aware?