Misuse of gadgets

India
January 25, 2013 4:56am CST
A friend told me that as per his knowledge, there is a syndicate of criminals selling beautiful key holders at Petrol Stations, parks, public places. Some say, they are sales promoters giving out free key holders. He advised me not to buy or accept these key holders no matter how beautiful they look. The key holders are very beautiful to resist. The key holders have inbuilt tracking device chip which allows them to track you to your home or wherever your car is parked. Accepting same may endanger your life. He requested me to pass this message to colleagues, family members and loved ones and be alert. [b]Are you aware of such thing in your place? If you have not faced any so far, may be soon. Hope you find this information useful. Please comments on this please. Thanks in advance. Cheers have a lucky day ahead.[/b] January 25. 2013.
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10 responses
@topffer (36370)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
25 Jan 13
Actually it is a hoax, as owlwings said. However it can become true soon : since 2 or 3 years several companies are selling GPS systems to track luggage, but they are still expensive and not very useful. When you take a plane, you can know that your suitcase was sent by mistake in Rome while you were expecting it in Paris.
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@owlwings (39875)
• Cambridge, England
25 Jan 13
One such device is available here: http://www.pocketfinder.com/ As you can see, it can be 'keyring sized' (the people and pets trackers, for example) but the data is held securely on the website and is only accessible to members. Of course, it would be possible for a criminal to place such a device on a person or vehicle but, at a cost of a hundred dollars or so, it is very unlikely to be given away as a keyring! There are cheaper luggage trackers but they involve actually being close enough to the device to hear an audible signal or to receive quite weak radio signals.
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@topffer (36370)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
25 Jan 13
It is probably more interesting for a dog than for a suitcase, but I agree that these trackers are too expensive to be given away !
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• India
29 Jan 13
May be it is hoax, i didn't know, i will tell my friend not to tell me about such bogus things.
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Frankly if such modus is true, I won’t be fooled with it since I don’t entertain freebies and I don’t like entertaining people endorsing their product over a traffic field environment. Whenever I am on the streets and the car is parked, I don’t entertain people knocking on the car’s window because they are more likely annoying and wasting my time. Although this was quite a modus, there are some who would do the extreme to fool and to get information to others such as asking help while on public places and the last thing you’d noticed is that your wallet is gone. So the bottom line, is that you shouldn’t trust strangers and never accept things that are given away by suspicious people.
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• India
29 Jan 13
Thanks for the response and views, since owlwings says it is hoax,and he is always right; i never knew, i will tell my friend not to tell me about such stuff.
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
You are very much welcome. yes, in some cases some are hoax on this modus.
@owlwings (39875)
• Cambridge, England
25 Jan 13
This is a hoax that has been circulating for some years: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/key-ring-tracking-hoax.shtml There is NO such 'tracking device' being distributed and any keyrings which appear to contain electronics may either be non-functional or simply operate a flashing LED. Please ALWAYS check information like this before passing it on (I was able to check it very quickly and easily as follows: http://search.mylot.com/search.aspx?t=web&k=The+key+holders+have+inbuilt+tracking+device+chip (and with the potential of earning a few cents for my trouble!)
@owlwings (39875)
• Cambridge, England
25 Jan 13
Please also tell your friend about this and ask him to stop unwittingly perpetrating hoaxes! Such stories are very often sent out by email with a request to 'forward it urgently to all your contacts'. There are people who send out these emails and receive them (with hundreds of email addresses attached from all the Forwards they have undergone). The object is to collect valid email addresses which can be used for spamming and phishing. Once someone has forwarded one of these emails, they have compromised not only themselves but ALL of the people they forwarded it to!
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• India
29 Jan 13
Thank you so much for telling me and guiding me, i will ask the friend not to tell of bogus things.
@Mavic123456 (15118)
• Thailand
25 Jan 13
i am not aware of this new modus operandi. thanks for telling us. and true it makes sense then can put a device chip in that they may track down you and can actually know where you are as long as you have the key chain with. Such a smart move. Be careful ... thank you again. this is very helpful.
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@owlwings (39875)
• Cambridge, England
25 Jan 13
It is a hoax! Please see my response below.
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• India
29 Jan 13
May be it is hoax, i didn't know, i will tell my friend not to tell me about such bogus things.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
25 Jan 13
wow, thats clever of them. Never heard of anything like that one.
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• India
29 Jan 13
Thanks for your views, owlwings says it is hoax, i never knew,he is always right so i will tell my friend not to tell me about such stuff.
• India
25 Jan 13
This is a news for me. I dont think this hi-tech procedure of stealing is happening in India at least. Still thank you for this information.
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• India
29 Jan 13
owlwings says it is hoax, i never knew, i will tell my friend not to tell me about such stuff.
• India
25 Jan 13
kalyani mam, lot of persons are misusing the modern items in various ways, you shared an useful information here. Surely it will be useful to mylotters to be aware about this issue. In our place this kind of modern trend is not popular and no one is giving key holders in petrol bunks and parks.
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• India
29 Jan 13
But now i know it is hoax.
@mebuhalog (110)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Hi, I'am not aware of this new modus of this syndicate and thanks for sharing this information,this serves as wake up call to anyone to take a precausionary meaasure for thier safety.
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• India
29 Jan 13
I too did not know, but now i learnt it is hoax
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Hello, Kalyni! Thanks for informing us about that new modus operandi of those bad elements. Although I have not heard anything similar to it here in our country, I am sure that it is not impossible that something like that would happen here. People are so much engrossed in getting free items most especially in these times.
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• India
29 Jan 13
I shared thinking it to be true and useful, but it is said to be hoax
@sriroshan (2586)
• India
25 Jan 13
I have read about this in one news paper and like you even my husband have advised me not to buy any electronic items special on road side and if I want to buy such things either buy it when he is their or my son is their.
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• India
29 Jan 13
So you are aware of this?Thanks for response.