We all get them: stupid email forwards. Misguided (or just plain idiotic) friends, relatives and coworkers forward us stuff that promises to be “hilarious” or “amazing,” when it’s actually so damn stupid, you want to reach through the computer and strangle them for sending it to you. These emails belong in the Stupid Email Hall of Fame. I received this week’s edition recently, and I was intrigued, mostly because of the last statement. Have a look:
I locked my car — as I walked away I heard my car door unlock I went back and locked my car again three times. I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. When I looked straight at them they did not unlock my car again.
How to lock your car safely –
While traveling, my son stopped at a roadside park. He came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later and found someone had gotten into his car, and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator briefcase…..you name it…
He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into – the police told him that there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device..
They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car, that way if there is someone siting in a parking lot watching for their next victim it will not be you.
When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting…it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain – it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be stolen. Something totally new to us…..and real.
Be aware of this and please pass this note on…look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote…just to be sure we remembered to lock them….and bingo someone has our code…and whatever was in the car…can be stolen.
Snopes Approved.Please share with everyone you know… Good information!!!
Hmm, Snopes approved? I’ve received several emails claiming this very thing, and each one was straight up lying. And so is this one. In fact, the entry for this one on Snopes even says it is not Snopes approved, and they take exception with much of what it says.
Basically, it’s theoretically possible that an extremely determined thief armed with the right technology and specialized expertise could steal your key code remotely. However, this process would take some time (days or weeks even), so the likelihood of someone being able to steal your key code remotely in a parking lot, and then go steal your car while you’re inside a store, is slim and none.
Have you received something like this? Or does this email pale in comparison to some of the stupid crap you’ve received? If so, forward those dumb emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll mock and debunk (if necessary) these stupid emails every Wednesday.