There’s no doubt about it – there’s a first time for everything. Still, I was more than a little surprised this morning when a spam email (one of those forward this to everyone you know, types), actually contained information that had value.
Rather than forward the email to those on my contact lists ( I never forward emails – not ever), instead, I’ve posted it below. I’ve edited it somewhat, but I think the basic information could be useful.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have, and requires no installation.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night:
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home, or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down, or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.
It works if you park in your driveway, or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough, the criminal won’t want that.
And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.
It would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad, that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm, and then she’ll know there’s a problem.
If you enjoy forwarding emails (jokes, humorous movies – whatever), then you need to protect the email addresses of the other recipients so that they are not shared. That long list of recipients addresses you frequently see in FW: emails -is often harvested by spammers/scammers. That’s the whole idea behind FW: spam scams.
Rick Robinette, over at What’s On My PC, who’s often a guest writer here, has a great tip in his article “Tip: Bcc Protects Private Email Addresses”, on how to avoid being part of the spammers and scammers game plan. Definitely worth a visit.
Just a little aside here: I expect to receive 100’s of spam/scam article comments, based on the key words in this article. For example, after my last article on Hard Drives, I was overwhelmed by spam comments from porno sites, and sex pill pushers. I have to admit it was good for a laugh. Thankfully, the WordPress Akismet spam filter was up to the task of sorting the wheat from the chaff.
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