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Crooks stealing your bank info by snapping pics of your credit card while you pay

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We all know to watch out for people who may grab your purse or break into your car while you are out shopping. But now there's something else you should watch for.

People who have their smartphones out when you are paying for gifts with a credit card may be stealing your card number with their phone.

Between video and still photos, cameras in smartphones have such high resolution now some consider smartphones as just another set of human eyes that can take advantage of you.

"If you're at an ATM and someone is videotaping you, they can maybe see your pin number. There's so many things you can do beyond take pictures of your friends and family and food with these cameras, because they've become so high resolution," says Ken Colburn, Data Doctors.

Colburn says there's a growing concern that thieves can use high resolution smartphone cameras to steal your information from a distance.

"So when you're in a public space, especially with the propensity of these smart cameras around, you really need to be cognizant of the fact it may not be a person maybe trying to steal your information, it may be a smart phone camera."

Police advise to be aware of your surroundings. They say by just standing in line with your card out ready to pay, someone in back of you could easily snap a photo and have all the information they need to start using your card.

"They may not exploit them themselves, but they will sell them to other people to try to exploit them."

Shopper Gerard Hernandez says he's careful with his credit card whether he's in public or online.

"It's nothing different than shopping online, where you use your credit card and everybody sees your credit card. We just have to be careful," says Hernandez.

He points out credit cards do provide some level of fraud protection. And Colburn suggests, when you're in public, protect your information like you would if someone was looking over your shoulder.

"So you really just need to assume there are eyes, electronic eyes looking at all times, so you need to shield that information at all times."

Colburn says there are even credit card processing systems that all you have to do to take a picture of a credit card to begin processing.

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