Contact Names in Your Handphone

Be very careful how you list names on your handphone! Be safe!

Recent case:

One lady had her handbag stolen/robbed. The handbag contained her handphone, wallet (cash, credit cards), etc. She called her Hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened. Her husband said "I've just received your sms text asking about our PIN number, I replied a little while ago".

They rushed to the bank, only to be informed all the money in the bank account had been withdrawn. The criminal had actually used the stolen handphone to text the "Hubby" in the contact list and got hold of the PIN number. Within several minutes the criminal had withdrawn all the money from the bank account.


1. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Sayang, MyLove, Dad, Mum, etc... Instead, just use given names!

2. When sensitive info is requested through sms texts, please CONFIRM BY CALLING BACK.

3. If you're being texted by "friend" or "family members" to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you cant reach them, something is not right and think twice about going to the places mentioned in the sms text.