Keyless Entry … means Easy-to-Steal

August 9, 2019 
Gone in 30 seconds …
Love your ‘keyless entry’ modern car?
Know that they’re hacked more easily than US voting machines.

~      “… motor theft insurance claim payouts hit their highest level in seven years at the start of 2019. ”  ~

Gone in 30 seconds …

 ” … I believe people are being misled when manufacturers say vehicles are even more safe. According to my insurance there had been more than 10 cars stolen with keyless entry in my postcode … that month. “
 
All it takes is a pair of simple signal boosting RF-repeaters** … exactly the same as boosting your Wi-Fi signals around your house (with simple repeaters)  
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Gone in 30 seconds

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” How Keyless Theft Works “
” Thieves, normally working in pairs, will target a car parked outside a house. … One criminal will hold a device close to the car that boosts the signal meant for the key, while the other thief will stand close to the house with another device that relays that signal to the key, fooling the system.”
 
“Once the cars have been stolen, they will be stripped for parts, police say. ”

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** US cars keyless remotes use 315 MHz  (UHF band)
…. 433.92 MHz for European, Japanese and Asian cars.

UHF band repeaters … can be bought on Mercado Libre & Ebay for about $100 US dollars.     😦

The best defense?
Install a lo-jack tracking system, to let the cops track the car when it’s been stolen.

Hopefully, the cops can get there before the car is too badly trashed ~ chopped … into parts. 😦

Old School … aka KEYS … (like paper ballots) do have some advantages.
😉

http://www.lojack.com.mx/

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Mexico’s New 10 Digit Simplified Phone Dialing

August 3, 2019
As of August 3’rd, 2019 … Mexico simplifies telephone dialing:
Telephone dialing system Mexico

Effective August 3, 2019, there will be no more special rules needed to to dial long distance nor between or to cell phones. Mexican phone dialing will follow international dialing standards (as in Canada and the USA).

http://www.ift.org.mx/comunicacion-y-medios/marcacion-a-10-digitos

After Aug. 3, 2019 … Just dial 10 digits …

Happy Trails, Steve

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August 5, 2019
Minors Traveling Abroad out of Mexico?
If you want to avoid hassles, consider checking-out the Mex. Govt’s … “Formato SAM” … ~before~ going to the airport. You can fill it out on-line first … and then take it to INM ~before~ travel, for easy INM approval … to avoid airport INM hassles or missed flights.

“Formato SAM” … permission for minor children to travel out of Mexico when 1 or both parents are not present.  This site gives general instructions.

https://www.gob.mx/inm/acciones-y-programas/formato-de-salida-de-menores

This additional website has the actual “Formato SAM” to fill out and take to INM:
https://www.inm.gob.mx/menores/publico/solicitud.html

To avoid setbacks, we recommend you go to the nearest INM office, 
before travel, or to the internment and departure points abroad 
(airports, sea and land ports) with the SAM form (Formato SAM) 
duly filled out, plus the following documentation:

Original and 3 copies of the child's Passport
3 copies of the child's birth certificate
3 copies of the current identification 
of the person exercising parental authority or guardianship of the minor.
and 
 3 copies of the valid identification of the minor's companion 
(in case you travel with a third party of legal age)

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Mexico’s Immigration System Continues to Improve Ex-pat Services

August 3, 2019  Update
Ever since all the very good Nov. 2012 Immigration policy changes, Mexico’s immigration system just keeps getting better & better.

Consider how we foreigners-in-Mexico now do our “Change of Address” process: …  The Change of Address (“Cambio de Domicilio“) charges no fees … We simply fill-out the online form,  take it to INM (where they have a letter you can fill out) and submit the change.

We receive an email with a password ( “contresena” ) to get into your online portal.   INM then notifies you, in that portal, when you can go down and pick up the document.

Click here to go to the INM website for tramites …
Immigrants Form for Filing Applications for Changes in Immigration Status

INM-Merida’s New Address:
Calle 31 * #94 x   C16 y C20, Colonia México
Merida, Yucatan

*Note that this section of Calle 31  also corresponds to Circuito Colonias.

Lots more Details at:
https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/new-rules-and-procedures-for-immigration-visiting-and-staying-in-mexico/

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PEMEX Guys Come Up with New Scam

Imagine that you briefly see that the helpful Pemex attendants have pumped $720 pesos of gasoline (as momentarily shown on the pump’s display) ,  yet now ,  the pump’s display now shows:  $920 pesos …. the YES, they zeroed the pump out at the beginning & you verified the Zeros  ( $0.00  & 0.00 Litros).

Hint: Zero’s at the beginning do not help (at all) to stop this new scam.
(Instructions on how to defeat their scam are at the bottom of this report.)

This scam works by ~abusing~ the PEMEX option of the client choosing a specific $$Peso amount of purchase versus just filling the tank to its FULL amount.
How the scam works:
As normal … The PEMEX attendant ZEROS’s out the display …
First Step of the Scam:
Then, he discreetly enters a bogus-HIGH ‘pre-pumping’ Total $Peso value to pump – an operation you do not pay attention… and he starts pumping gas.
Here’s where the Second Step of the Scam enters:
Near the end of “filling your tank” … a second guy (or 3’rd guy) briefly distracts the driver … or even blocks your view of the pump-display … During that split-second the attendant clicks OFF the pump, early … For that moment, the pump BRIEFLY displays the real amount (Litros) pumped & the real $$Pesos pumped.
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3’rd Step of the Scam:
They distract you yet a little more, to quickly hit a button that makes the pump display show the ORIGINAL BOGUS too-high pre-pumping Total (expected) $$ value that the attendant discreetly entered at the start of the process.
The driver then sees that pre-entered    too-HIGH    bogus $$Peso amount on the display … and coughs up the extra cash … for gas that was never pumped.

If you catch them doing this switcheroo … INSIST that they show you the amount pumped~delivered … NOT the amount pre-ordered value … The correct value is still there, in the pump’s display system … It’s just 1 screen back from that bogus-HIGH pre-selected “Total Ordered” $$Peso value.

This latest scam is about at cute  as …

Neotropical Rattlesnake 2
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HOW TO BEAT THE SCAM?
The key is that the attendant should NOT touch the handle while it is filling. … The pump should shut-off automatically … without the attendant touching it.  

We can try to watch both the display and the attendant during the delivery, but just like magicians and other cheats rely on Humans being easily distracted … It’s better to just note that the pump    shut*off by itself  , without any attendant touching the handle.
 
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If you want to try to focus & watch:    The Display numbers should continuously increase, running up to the expected values – and the attendant should NOT touch the handle, until it shuts off automatically.
 
It’s when the attendant shuts-off the pump manually (early) … and then quickly~deftly manually scrolls the display forward to    instead   show the “Ordered Amount” … that was never actually delivered,    that they cheat us.
 
Happy Motoring!
😉

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Interested in the other ‘old-school’ Pemex scams?
Click here:
https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/pemex-gasoline-issues-the-article/

aka Pemex Gasoline: Issues?

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Mexico’s Curious Rules for Listing Prices

July 8, 2019
There’s been a recent kerfluffle on our local “Expats in Yucatan” FB group, with many grazing-gringos writing angry (confused) comments over a supposed ‘cheating’ restaurant bill that offers some fun insights into Mexico & how gringos react. … Check out the bill below ….   If you do simple math, it looks like the restaurant’s computer cannot add up the items correctly,  …. but … This is Mexico …  The line items on a Mexican receipt are different than the USA or Canada – because we tell the consumer the REAL final price, by including the tax.  (but the receipt has a final hidden additional twist) …

Where American businesses & Canadian businesses hide their tax charges from consumers, by adding special State & Local taxes only at the end, when you pay the bill,  instead Mexico’s list prices are exactly what you pay.   Unfortunately, this Mexican system confuses many foreigners,  especially when they see the Total Taxes listed~reported (broken-out) as a  separate additional line item at the bottom of the bill … making it look like some sort of double billing of taxes.

Here’s an image of the bill that drew all the outrage on a local FB group:
Restaurant Receipt

As required by Mexican law … The food items prices on the receipt MATCH the full price listed on the menu, including the 16% IVA.

So … If you add up the individual items,  they do NOT match the “Subtotal”, because the “Subtotal” does NOT include the 16% IVA … while the menu’s full list-price and the receipt line items include the 16% IVA.

A talented local expat (Chris) explains:
Here is the Correct explanation, verified by an ★experienced, highly qualified Mexican accountant who works for Hyatt★ and knows all the applicable laws about restaurant bills backwards and forwards:

The menu price is shown in the detail. First item is one hamburger for $320 pesos. That amount, matching the menu, *includes* IVA.

Notice both points: 
1) matching the menu and
2) including IVA.

(Menu prices must include IVA by law)

Total all the DETAIL food items and you get $2255 pesos.

Add the Subtotal and the IVA lines and you get $2255. Detail total matches, that’s good.

★ Note this point: By law, IVA must be shown on the bill, so the Subtotal is the food total *without* IVA. IVA is then listed separately to show you the tax amount.

Perfect so far: We have a match between Detail Total and Subtotal plus IVA. This far is correct.

But the Total is MORE than $2255!

$2593 pesos. What..???

It is 15% more, exactly $338 pesos, but there’s no line showing “Tip” added.

So the customer may just glance at the total, add 10-20% and pay the Tip TWICE!

The Total MUST EQUAL Subtotal plus IVA, which also equals the sum of all ordered menu items.

Otherwise, you’re paying a tip twice.

By the way, adding the tip to the bill in Mexico is not legal. This ticket could be taken to PROFECO for an official complaint against the restaurant.”

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So … Yes,  the top part of the receipt was correct … but … the restaurant did have a big ERROR by inappropriately adding a hidden 15% Tip in the Subtotal.

and Yes … PROFECO is the Mexican government agency for Consumer Advocacy.

https://www.gob.mx/profeco/documentos/yucatan-37469?state=published

and Yes … Someone did some special programming on the restaurant’s POS (point of sale) software, to illegally add in an extra 15% tip …

~ ON TOP of the $16 US dollar hamburger …
~ ON TOP of the $45 peso (typically cheap) Sol beers …
~ ON TOP of the $34 US dollar steak …

So … Yes,  you can save even more by enjoying simple tacos, added up by a real cashier, without the cheating-programmer’s tricks …  God bless programmers *grin*

Happy Trails,
Steve

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Dangerously Venomous Snakes of Yucatan State (3)

June 24, 2019

Fortunately … up here in the north-west part of the Yucatan peninsula, aka Yucatan State, we have very few venomous snakes that are dangerous to humans … just three (3) kinds.
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“Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, the Yucatán, and Belize,” (Jonathan A. Campbell) lists our Yucatan State’s dangerously venomous snakes as:
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~ The Variable Coral Snake,   Micrurus diastema … ~ Throughout the peninsula …
~ Red to Yellow, Kills a Fellow ~
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~ The Yucatecan Neotropical Rattlesnake,    Crotalus tzabcan ~   Throughout but infrequent

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~ The Cantil,    Agkistrdon bilineatus …     ~ Northern Yucatan
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Sidelights if you venture **outside** Yucatan State into the Peninsula   …

** Here in Yucatan State … we are TOO FAR WEST for **

~ The Fer-du-Lance,  ~ Barba Amarilla … ~ Eastern Yucatan Peninsula …

 

 

 

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… and … We’re too far north for
~ The Jumping Pitviper, ~   Atropoides nummifer …   ~ Southern Yucatan Peninsula.
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Yes,  we do have a few (3) indigenous poisonous snakes here in Yucatan State …  but they’re pretty distinctive looking …  which makes ALL the other snakes you see here … ~ HELPFUL ~ and Useful !

Happy Trails, Steve

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