Service Allows Customers To Mask Credit Card Info From Retailers

February 6, 2014 4:23 AM
Service Allows Customers To Mask Credit Card Info From Retailers
" BOSTON (CBS) – Whether you are shopping online or in a store, every time you hand over your credit card, the retailer is storing all kinds of personal information. As we learned from the Target breach, there is no guarantee that any of that information is safe from hackers.

It’s a lesson Stewart Fuller learned the hard way. “They charged everything from bus fare, plane fare, computer products, and stuff like that,” he said. He spent money and time replacing cards, paying late fees and checking his credit report. “This has got to stop. There has got to be a better way,” he said.

After some research, Stewart found his answer at Abine, a Boston-based startup. “Our service is called Do Not Track Me and it works by giving you unlimited email addresses, credit card numbers and personal mobile phone numbers,” explained Abine co-founder, Rob Shavell.

Every time you make a purchase, Do Not Track Me creates a one-time use credit card number on your phone with the exact amount of the purchase. The transaction is linked to your real account, but when you are done, so is the virtual card "

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