Thieves go high-tech

Still doing some holiday shopping?

If so, and you plan on paying with a credit or debit card, be forewarned – thieves are out to get your card information, and they have a new, tech-savvy way of doing it.

According this article in today’s Detroit News, thieves are now equipping themselves with camera phones in the hopes that they’ll be able to snap a shot of your credit card when you hand it over to the cashier.

Although it’s highly unlikely that this will happen to you, take extra precautions to make sure it doesn’t. If you must pay with plastic, hand your card over with your palm facing down. Or, better yet, ask the cashier if you can run your own card through.

3 Comments so far

  1. mark (unregistered) on December 17th, 2005 @ 6:27 am

    It’s hard to believe that would ever work. With the resolution on most, no all camera phones, someone would need to be breathing done your neck to get a halfway decent picture.

  2. ripi$money (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 10:39 am

    Even camera phones with more than a megapixel of resolution don’t have lenses good enough to zoom in on any kind of small text and be able to read it. Just make sure nobody is standing right next to you with their phone 6 inches away from your credit card…

  3. Girl in the D (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 8:45 pm

    Valid point.

    I can’t imagine it’ll be too long, though, before camera phones take pictures similar to those that we take with digital cameras now.

    Like I said in the post, this is highly unlikely, but I just wanted everyone to know because I found it rather unusual and had never heard of it before.

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