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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    Rikko, 23 Dec 2005 @ 8:38am

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    "I like to be able to swipe the card myself, to keep it in my own hands," Schiller said. "The crooks always find new ways. If they put all that creativity to better use, imagine what could happen."

    Interesting. That's illegal in Canada (or at least part of the licensing agreement for having any CC service). Clerks have to swipe your credit card and remove it from your possession during the transaction so they can verify your signature and retain it if they suspect fraud.

    This whole scary story is stupid. Before camera phone there were spy cameras. They still work better than a grainy camera phone pic, and are used by smarter thieves. Anyone dumb enough to use their camera phone is probably too dumb to use the numbers in a cunning way and will be caught anyways.

    And the tellers taking pictures of screens... Are they joking? So what? If they have that access they can also write it down while a receipt is printing.

    I'm never one to blame a victim of any crime, but a lot of people who get suckered by really obvious and stupid scams (this is more the Nigerian scam and telephone fraud than a facade ATM card reader, but still) are really being done a favour by going through the treadmill once or twice.

    Maybe the cops need a new slogan on their cars: "Crime isn't ok. But neither is sitting back and letting it happen to you."

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