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Lost keys tags carry identity info

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    Pulled in to a Kroger last night and decided give 867-5309 a whirl and to my amazement this # has not been used as a Kroger alternate ID in the three major area codes (404, 678, 770) for the Atlanta area.

    Fyi, I would have canceled the transaction had it actually worked ;)
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

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    There was a story on our local news about those cards with the RFID technology (the cards where you just have to have them near the receiver and not actually swipe them)... and how it was possible with the right equipment to read information from people's wallet/purse as they walked by.

    What amazed me about the story, though, was how everyone was surprised!

    I mean... that's what the technology is for... remote reading of your secure info! So I'm amazed that more people haven't (or maybe they have and don't know it) been victim to having their RFID cards read like this.

    I never thought this technology was a good idea for credit cards and passports and stuff... It just begs to be abused, since it no longer requires a thief to actually pick your pocket or have your card in his hands. He can just hang around with his laptop and act like he is working on something or listening to music while he is stealing away.
     
  3. Mike Bertelson

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    We have RFID chips in our ID badges at work and they can be read a couple of feet away.

    There are wallets and passport covers that have built in shielding (IIUC, it's a kin to a Faraday Cage) just to block RFID readers.

    Mike
     
  4. Drucifer

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    Well, we are becoming a keyless society. So soon, you wont have keys to lose.
     
  5. coldsteel

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    Wasn't that on a recent episode of NCIS?
     
  6. Steve

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    Yup. IIRC, they caught a girl using a scanning gadget to somehow transfer cash out of passerbys' accounts to her debit card. Then Zeva used it to locate a perp.
     
  7. phrelin

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    Well, apparently isn't a universal problem. I used my Rite Aid Wellness+ card on my key chain using cash and there was no name or any other information on the receipt.
     
  8. Mike Bertelson

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    Additionally, IIUC, that unit isn't something you can just buy at Radio Shack. It's a controled item or you have to build one.

    Mike
     
  9. TheRatPatrol

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    This is also why I don't like having my address on my drivers license and vehicle registration. If a thief steals your wallet or car (with your garage door opener) they will know where you live, and like the lady with the lost keys, will be able to go to your house and rob you.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

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    I suspect that the ultimate lesson here is to have have the minimum items with you when you travel or get around, especially those things that contain identity information.

    Furthermore....keep a tight eye on that all, and periodically check to make sure its still where it should be. That is not the big deal it appears, as through all my flying around the country on various work and other trips, its a standard routine to periodically check my credit cards and ID.
     
  11. Doug Brott

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    Just carry cash only .. Walk or take public transportation to your destination .. and keep an eye out for scoundrels so you can take intentional wrong turns. :p
     
  12. Drucifer

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    The key is too keep things separate on your person. All my small shopper cards are already on their own keyring that's on a larger keyring. All I got to do, is take it off and get another keyring clip.
     
  13. chevyguy559

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    When I get my registration for both my vehicles, I make a photocopy of it and my insurance card, then white out my address on the reg and insurance card, then copy it again, then put the copy with no address in my vehicles. That way is any one of my vehicles is stolen, there's no way for the theif to have my address :D I also don't have my actual "Home" address programmed into my navigation units, its set to a corner liquor store about 3 blocks from my house, I know how to get home from there :lol:

    As for the driver license, NO ONE is gonna get my wallet ;)
     
  14. TheRatPatrol

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    Got your friends Smith and Wesson with you? ;)
     
  15. Stewart Vernon

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    Those shielding cases were mentioned too... except of course you have to take them out of such protective cases to actually use them as intended, during which time you are vulnerable to anyone hanging around with a scanner.
     
  16. Stewart Vernon

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    I had forgotten about the NCIS episode...

    Of course honest people aren't going to have these scanners and be hanging around to scan the info... but you can bet serious crooks will find a way to have them because it's just so darn much easier and safer for them to get your info that way rather than having to pick your pocket or go through your trash.
     
  17. chevyguy559

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    :lol: No, nothing that drastic, I carry my wallet in the front pocket of my jeans, so I'd DEF. know if someone was trying to "pick my pocket"....not to mention if you have your hand in my pocket, you better be my wife and if you're not, you're in trouble :D
     
  18. Herdfan

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    I went to a boarding school for high school and the summer before my junior year they came in and put combination locks on all the doors. It took one of my enterprising classmates less than a day to discover that the installation company had used 867530(9) as the master code. :lol:
     
  19. Lee L

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    Just because it is a massive pain to keep all the various cards, my wife took a hole puncher and punched all her loyalty cards (most were the full size kind) and we put them on a locking keyring. She keeps them in a small bag in her purse. When she whips out a keyring with 30 plus cards on it at the store people are all amazed someone would ever think of it.

    Personally, I have only 3 on the mini cards and I keep them in my wallet. The grocery store we go to, Ace Hardware Rewards and a place I buy Dog food. I have started putting some into an app in my phone but most scanners still can;t read off the screen.
     

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