October 28, 2005

Is this just extra paranoid, or what?

Listening to the radio last night on the way home from the train station. I am such a geek these days that mostly I listen to 880 on the a.m. dial. The all news station. Anyway, they warned us not to hold our credit cards out while standing on line in a store. People with cell phones, they cautioned us, could take pictures of our card and use the information they captured to clone our cards and steal our identities.

Seems a little far fetched to me. Anyone agree with them?

Posted by Random Penseur at October 28, 2005 10:23 AM | TrackBack

unfortunately yes....

even here in my cowtown - we had an incident.

Posted by: sn at October 28, 2005 11:18 AM

its very easy to purchase things with just the name credit card # and exp date. an amateur could easily do that and it would be very hard to trace

Posted by: michele at October 28, 2005 01:52 PM

What michelle said. Name, number and experation date are all anyone needs to use your card online or over the phone.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at October 29, 2005 03:32 PM

I dunno. Judging by the picture quality on Lovely Wife's camera phone I wouldn't be particularly worried about a click-theft of information. Besides, try this - just hold your credit card in your hand. Your fingers are covering some of that critical information unless you are intentionally doing some Geisha finger contortion.

I'd mark this one down as alarmism and paranoia.

Posted by: Jim at October 30, 2005 11:11 AM
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