by Jeanne Hambleton ©
NFA Leader Against Pain-Advocate

As if we do not have enough to worry about with credit card frauds, those who steal our identity and take from our bank accounts and others who copy our Sims card and rob from our mobiles. It seems they now want our bodies.
I was horrified to read this story which Julia sent to me – my thanks to you – and to be truthful I had not received this good advice from my parents and I might well have fallen prey to these terrible manipulative scheming b……. I suppose I should say blighters as it is not 9pm (watershed) yet.

I am told this is a true story and I can believe that. Judging from past experience it may already have happened in the States. We usually follow suit. BUT I ask you please to tell your daughters, sisters, friends, the girls in the office – all the women you know.

Julia wrote – I don’t wish to frighten any of you but you will find this information useful. Another bit of useful advice – verified by the Dorset Police is 112 does work from a mobile. This ordeal actually happened to someone’s daughter.

Lauren was 19 years old and in college. This story took place over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break. It was the Saturday before New Year and it was about 1.00pm in the afternoon. Lauren was driving to visit a friend, when an UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put its lights on.

Lauren’s parents have 4 children (of various ages) and have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road but rather wait until they get to a service station, etc. So Lauren remembered her parents’ advice and telephoned 112 from her mobile phone. (This was an emergency). This connected her directly to the police.
She told the officer that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her and that she would not pull over right away but wait until she was in a service station or busy area.

The officer checked to see if there was a police car where she was and there was not. He told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.

Ten minutes later 4 police cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground…… .The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.

I never knew that bit of advice, but especially for a woman alone in a car. You do not have to pullover for an UNMARKED car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a “safe” place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them, put on your hazard lights or call 112 as Lauren did.

Too bad the mobile phone companies don’t give you this little bit of wonderful information.

So now it’s your turn to let your friends know about 112 (112 is an emergency number on your mobile that takes you straight to the police because 999 does not work if you have no signal). This is good information that I did not know! Please pass on to all your friends, especially any females.

Unfortunately I believe we are unable to carry anything considered to be an offensive weapon to protect ourselves. As it happens I use a lot of hairspray and always carry a body spray in my pocket as part of my make up kit. In case of frost or any other emergencies I always keep a window anti freeze spray in the car.

So ladies be on your guard on the roads and in the shops.

• Do remember to be careful and keep an eye on your credit cards at Christmas time.

• Never lose sight of it. Mobile telephones with cameras are great for copying your details in a flash. This is all they need to spend your money on the Internet.

• In a restaurant take your card to the cash desk and watch it like a hawk.

• Check the cash machines for anything unusual.

• Do not be distracted when drawing out cash from a machine. Be sure there are people around should you need assistance and just pray you are in good voice in an emergency.

• Remember to withdraw your card as well as your cash. Easy to think about putting the cash away and leaving the card. There would be no redress if you walked away and left your card in the machine for some dishonest person.

• Beware of notes through your door for undelivered parcels with odd telephone numbers – 096 – these could result in enormous telephone bills (see below).

On 27th October 2007 I wrote a warning about non-delivery of festive parcels called ON A SERIOUS NOTE – FESTIVE ROBBING HOODS. This said, among other things,

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.

By now they may be using another name. As the country’s financial crisis bites harder and harder, so will the villains. They will find new ways to rob you, so be on your guard all the time. You cannot be too careful. Beware. Take care. Jeanne


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