I got this from an Australian friend today. He says it has been checked out on Snopes. I'm going to invest in a set of "Worry Beads".
THIS HAS BEEN CHECKED ON SNOPES; I personally checked with the local police and they confirmed that this is happening.
While traveling, my friend stopped at the roadside reststop with bathrooms, vending machines, etc. 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 (transmitter). They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. Since they know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom, it gives them a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to be sure to manually lock your car door by hitting the lock button inside the car, that way if there is someone sitting 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 thru the airwaves where it can be stolen.
I just wanted to let you know about this...it is something totally new to us...and this is real...it just happened this past Thursday.
So be aware of this and please pass this note on...look how many times we all lock our doors with our keys (transmitters)...just to be sure we remembered to lock them....and bingo the guys have our code....and whatever was in the car...can be gone.
"He says it has been checked out on Snopes." Or has it ? click here "Variations: In mid-2008 some anonymous person thought to add a "Snopes approved" line to the e-mail being circulated. In a nutshell, no, the item is not "Snopes approved" — we take issue with almost all of the e-mail's premise. "
"Quality cars use rolling codes,to defeat this.Code chages everytime pliper is pressed"
Not just quality, pretty much every remote locking device has used rolling codes for several years. I know the budget alarm I fitted to my first car in the early 90's had a rolling code - fairly simple to check with the right kit - take your car to an auto electrician and they should be able to check it out for you...