A number of years ago I had an experience with attempted theft of personal information that actually encouraged me to believe that the bad guys would have a tough time stealing important data from anyone who took reasonable precautions (I have since learned better).  

At that time I was using a phone card provided by my long-distance carrier to make calls from the road and charge them to my home number. One day, I made such a call from a railroad station, little realizing that someone was observing me and taking down the code numbers I punched in. The perpetrator then tried to make some very long-distance calls to South America, but the calls never went through because my carrier’s systems kicked them out as an anomaly and shut down that service before possibly thousands in fees were attached to my account.  

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