More Stories On Camera Phone ID Theft With No Evidence
from the let's-try-this-again... dept
Last week we wrote about a report saying that police were warning of camera phones being used in identity theft. The story had police claiming that someone with a camera phone could take a picture of your credit card and steal the number. We were skeptical here, because it seems pretty inefficient and difficult – plus, the lack of any actual evidence that this was happening made it especially questionable. Longtime Techdirt reader, Director Mitch decided to test this out, and used his camera phone to take a picture of his credit card from three feet away (a reasonable distance for the “crime” described) and posted it to the internet for all to steal. It would be a small annoyance if that was all there was to this story, but wireless guru Alan Reiter has been tracking the story and is noticing a disturbing trend of a report from MSNBC and a local news station both reporting on similar “threats” related to camera phones. Yet none of these reports has any evidence that it’s actually happened, and none have dared to go as far as Director Mitch and tested it out to see how difficult it would actually be to steal a credit card this way. Is this a potential problem? Sure. However, lazy reporting on a problem that does not yet exist doesn’t do anyone any good.