Heads up - ID scan scam @ Carphonewarehouse - Beware

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Found 29th Nov 2012
I went to buy two entry level android mobile phones @ CPW in Uxbridge and the sales girl Jay asked if she can see my ID as I am buying two phones. I gave my DL to her (Damn, yes I did) she took my ID went into the office without telling me anything and then came back and asked my details to process the sale. I said lets discuss the deals first and she told me lumia 800 for £379 (I can possibly buy Galaxy S3 for this price).

Was very tired after days work and I didn't realise (brain half dead) while giving out my ID that under no circumstances CPW staff can take my ID and then scan/photocopy it behind the doors without customer's approval/consent.

This is what they do: take your ID and then photocopy it and upload all your ID details on their database. Feeling disgusted cuz it was my fault but others can be careful. Never give your ID to any CPW employee cuz they will upload all the details on to their database and then may further sell it to third parties for £2 to £5 each.
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Get them to delete it under Data Protection Act
Move along there is nothing to see here
In what way is this a scam? A scam usually involves someone losing money or something valuable. What did you lose, your dignity?
Edited by: "roum89" 29th Nov 2012
Do you mean before you even discussed phones, ie whilst just browsing?
skellysgirl

Do you mean before you even discussed phones, ie whilst just browsing?



Yep, they even humiliated him at the door when he tried to walk in.

They checked the state of his undercrackas before they would even let him in! oO

Bloody farmers will believe any ol cow dung! (_;)
No different to what the government does every day.
skellysgirl

Do you mean before you even discussed phones, ie whilst just browsing?



@ the till point when I asked about the phones I was after. An Asian girl with s**t load of make up on her face...she will weight half if she removes her make up...lol

my point is to caution others as I fell for this trap.
Edited by: "LondonFarmer" 29th Nov 2012
What trap?
gbspurs

What trap?



Shop owners or stores may ask your ID for buying certain products that are illegal to sell to an under age person. Don't think CPW does sell any product that fall under that category. Trap because a CPW's employee ask you to see your ID and then without your knowledge and consent they scan/photocopy your ID details. Customer is under impression that CPW employee just want to see the ID and their employee discreetly scan it and use your ID details for their advantage to make money by selling to third parties.
roum89

In what way is this a scam? A scam usually involves someone losing money … In what way is this a scam? A scam usually involves someone losing money or something valuable. What did you lose, your dignity?



gbspurs

What trap?



A customer is under impression that CPW employee just want to see the ID and their employee discreetly scan it and use your ID details for their advantage and to make money by selling to third parties. Hence, a scam!
roum89

In what way is this a scam? A scam usually involves someone losing money … In what way is this a scam? A scam usually involves someone losing money or something valuable. What did you lose, your dignity?

markvirgo

No different to what the government does every day.



government does tell you what documents and other things you or they need in order to process something or even for general security. Private shops/stores must tell its customers why they need to scan a potential customers ID. Not just take the ID and scan it without customer's knowledge to build up their Database.
Cool story bro!

You do know what the DVLA do with your details? I would imagine you could print your details on the front of the Sun and wouldnt make any difference, the DVLA are notorious for making money out of your details.

Don't worry.
ehhhh.... The CPW is a registered UK company and thus has to abide by the Data protection act. and thus by selling on your details would be a breach of this act.. I.D. is required at point of sale if you are buying two phones to double check that the phones are for personal use and not being sold externally (Fraud Prevention). Op clearly has a grudge to bear with CPW "An Asian girl with s**t load of make up on her face...she will weight half if she removes her make up...lol" My point being CPW is not selling your data... furthermoree any worries about them selling information just ask to see your account in store. Tis what i did
I think the scam was a Lumia 800 for £379! oO
You deserve this. "cuz" says it all.
costa222

ehhhh.... The CPW is a registered UK company and thus has to abide by the … ehhhh.... The CPW is a registered UK company and thus has to abide by the Data protection act. and thus by selling on your details would be a breach of this act.. I.D. is required at point of sale if you are buying two phones to double check that the phones are for personal use and not being sold externally (Fraud Prevention). Op clearly has a grudge to bear with CPW "An Asian girl with s**t load of make up on her face...she will weight half if she removes her make up...lol" My point being CPW is not selling your data... furthermoree any worries about them selling information just ask to see your account in store. Tis what i did



How does showing your ID to someone prove that you are using for personal business? Their logic is flawed.
I wouldn't worry about it, this was CPW, they will no doubt have lost your details by now.(_;)
OP - there is a CIA/FBI snatch squad en route to you now. That Asian girl with the make up (nice racialist comment BTW) was an agent and has run you on the databases.

Get out. Now. If you ever want to see your family again that is.
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