In an act of public service, or maybe as a way to show the stupidity of over-sharing personal information on the Internet, a Twitter account has been set up called @NeedADebitCard . The twitter account reposts post from people who have taken pictures of their debit and/or credit cards, and posted them online for the world to see – without hiding any of the numbers.
The @NeedADebitCard's bio reads, "Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people."
It is hard to believe that there are people who would post full pictures of their debit and credit cards for the entire world to see. The photos could attract unsavory types looking for targets for identity theft.
Brian McGinley, Senior Vice-President of data risk management at Identity Theft 911, told PC Magazine's Security Watch , "Something so blatantly obvious as posting your credit or debit card number just speaks to the lack of awareness of what consumers think criminals can do with a set of numbers."
One may think that it doesn't matter if people post the front of their card because they are not showing the security code; however, according to Naked Security , not everyone requires the three-digit code on the back of the card when making a purchase.
Many of the pictures being retweeted by the site have since been deleted, and Instagram is looking out for its users by deleting the images, PC Magazine reported.
Some of the retweeted posts on @NeedADebitCard include:
• "Just got my debit card in the Mail...mad as [expletive] they spelled my name wrong [Link for picture of debit card]."
• "NO MORE WAITING IN LINE WHEN I DON'T HAVE MY DEBIT CARD #LIFEINLA [Link for picture of debit card]."
• "I was able to the get bank to put myself on my debit card(: like my sexy seductive pose? :) [Link for picture of debit card]."
It seems that there are those who are learning their lesson by having the spotlight shed on their naive mistake.
One Twitter user who was exposed by the site later wrote, "Damn I swear I did the stupidest thing. Well that's y u make mistakes to learn from em," according to PC Magazine.
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