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Cellphone Cameras

Everyone uses the camera function of their cellphones. They are easy to use. They are also easily and often used by identity thieves to photograph your credit card or your PIN (personal identification number) and then use the information gained to steal your identity. In 2011, John Sileo, an expert on identity theft and fraud, was on a business trip to Orlando, Florida, to give a speech to the Treasury Department about avoiding identity theft. He took the opportunity to take his daughter to Disney World while he was in Orlando. Upon returning to his hotel room after a day with his daughter at Disney World, he was informed by his bank that his credit card had been compromised and someone had stolen his identity and purchased $3,000 worth of goods online. Sileo believed that it was someone using a cellphone camera who took a picture of his card when he used it at Disney World’s electronic ticket booth.

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