What’s that acronym that kids use these days to describe their dismay to a certain act of foolishness? SMH? Yes, there certainly will be a lot of head shaking after a visit to NeedADebitCard‘s official Twitter account which retweets a random person when they post pictures of their debit or credit cards, numbers and all.
Why this is currently a worldwide epidemic, we have no clue, but we are loving the idea of a public service announcement by real life examples.
“Jus got my debit card. Time to ball hard :)” tweets a random person. We don’t think these guys realize it will be some Internet predator who will be the one “balling hard.” Someone else replies that it’s dumb to post a picture of your full card online, only to meet the original poster’s response of “ohhh well.”
“Just customized my debit card; so perfect:’)” tweets another user awaiting an identity theft that’s likely happening as we speak. Worse, the damage is also amplified by the three retweets this post received.
And we thought We Know What You’re Doing was bad.
According to the United States Bureau of Justice, about 8.6 million households had at least one member age 12 or older who experienced one or more types of identity theft victimization in 2010. In these households, 64.1 percent experienced the misuse or attempted misuse of an existing credit card account. With it being two years later and Twitter and Instagram more popular than ever, these numbers may continually increase — sadly and unsurprisingly.
We get it; credit card customization is cool and sometimes you do want to share the graphics to the world just as you do with your Facebook Timeline cover photos on business cards. But revealing your full name, card number, and expiration date is a surefire way to get all the money in your bank account drained out to pay for some scammer’s summer vacation. Currently, NeedADebitCard has 5,523 followers and we expect this number to bump up quickly the more people realize posting credit card photos is actually a thing. Stop it guys! Or don’t, I don’t know, this is pretty entertaining. Credit card companies are either loving these new string of clients or working overtime to create new criteria for card applicants to require some common sense.
Of course, it’s not as funny when you actually get scammed so if you are a victim of plastic fraud, here’s how you can go about solving such problem. In the mean time, follow the Twitter or pass it along to your friends. You never know, you decent act of public service could help some very naive netizens.