Add cameraphone identity theft to
bluejacking, WiFi snarfing and
other spurious "crimes" that the mainstream media want us to worry about. No, camphone ID theft doesn't involve someone
snapping a pic of your face and using it to make an incredibly lifelike mask that they then use to impersonate you
(though it would be a lot more interesting if it did). Instead, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, it happens
when nefarious camphone users take covert shots of your credit card and then use them to steal your identity. And,
according to the Sun-Sentinel, it's an epidemic. Citing such rock-solid authorities as "Cindy, the friendly and
efficient supermarket cashier" and "a reader," the paper says that ID theft by camphone is "becoming commonplace in the
disquieting world of identity theft, an insidious crime that victimized an estimated 10 million Americans last year."
How common? Well, considering that the article cites just one individual who claims he was victimized (the reader, who
says a pizza guy took out his phone while checking his card), it doesn't seem all that likely that this is a crime
wave. But, then, who are we to argue with Cindy?