Anecdotal Cameraphone Identity Thieves Plaguing Malls Again

from the cops-with-tinfoil-beanies dept

Just in time for Christmas, questionable stories about people stealing credit card numbers with cameraphones are back. Like all the others, the latest one, from Troy, Michigan, is short on facts, but long on conjecture. The police there warn people about the practice, but don't ever mention actually having any reports of it happening, just one complaint -- which they couldn't prove -- that a store clerk used a phone to snap a picture of a cash register screen that displayed a card number. They must not be all that concerned about it, in any case, because they also fail to mention what people can do to protect themselves, but maybe that's because there's really nothing to worry about.
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    James Zane, 23 Dec 2005 @ 9:35am

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    Someone 'stealing' your credit card number does not put you at risk. No issuer in the US or Canada will authorize a transaction with the number alone. Or even the number and the expiration date. They verify a number of data keys before authorizing transactions. Stupid 'journalists'.

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