This is post #450 on this blog.

You: I can’t believe it.

Me neither.

Gary: And you still haven’t sold the suckers anything.

They’re not suckers, Gary.

Gary: To you, maybe.

Just trying to teach, man.

Gary: Good luck with that.

It’s going rather well.

You: I’d agree.

Thanks, but before we get overconfident, take a look at the CBS News video below which had my jaw wide open for a couple of minutes.  This was news to me. To you?  Got an easier way to make a few bucks and destroy somebody’s life?

Gary: No comment.

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4 Comments to “Post #450: Identify theft in the scariest and easiest of ways”

  1. Fiamma says:

    That just blows.

  2. Nora says:

    Holy smoke, Michael! Count me as one of the “60%” of average Americans who did not know that digital copiers had hard drives and that all documents that were copied were stored on that drive!! My first question is “Why??!” Why in the world would a copy machine need to store images of the documents it copies? If this ability is supposed to be a some kind of “value-added” service to the companies that lease the copiers, I’m willing to bet that not one company in ten even knows that the copier stores any information beyond the total number of documents copied. Furthermore, of what possible use would the random information contained in the copier’s hard drive be to any honest company?
    Thanks for making this video available. Just when you think you’ve got your bases covered with regard to identity theft, the lowly office copier betrays you…

  3. Alex says:

    Thats Crazy! this makes me not want to make copies at local chains at FedEx KinKos or even at my job ever again.

  4. Michael says:

    @Fiamma: The most powerful three words in sports.

    @Nora: I wondered at the “Why?” part also. Sounds like they do it because they can. Sounds like a pretty bad feature to me. Sometimes including technology for the sake of it is a bad idea. I imagined there was some sort of “memory” inside those machines since it seemed necessary to produce the multiple collated copies of a 40-page document, but I always incorrectly assumed that the memory was rather limited and would simply be deleted after the run so that it could memorize the next job. Oops.

    @Alex: Giving me pause too!

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