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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire

    How do they know this info. Scary

    I shopped at Trader Joes grocery this morning while I was out working on my honey do list. Just picked up a few things that my wife likes that we can't get anywhere else. They announced over the store speaker system that they had special discounts and coupons if you signed up for their email announcements. When I checked out the cashier asked me if I wanted to sign up and I said no thanks and paid with my debit card.
    When I got home and checked my email there was an email from trader joes welcoming me to their discount program. I didn't give anyone there my email address

    Did they get this info from my bank card ????

    All this tracking and loss of personal information and privacy is really starting to worry me.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  2. #2
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Had the same experience with only now when hitting the brick stores. About the only way to keep your privacy online nowadays is to stay offline
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    I'm sure they just contracted with the NSA to get it. Simple, really...

    Not even sure staying offline will keep your privacy...
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash

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    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Big Brother is. . . Click image for larger version. 

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    Jesus was a Woodworker

  5. #5
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    Dec 2006
    Melbourne, FL
    This is NOT a jab at Bob G. and how his data got to Trader Joes. Just a general statement about digital data.

    I gotta laugh when people tell me Facebook stole info from them.

    I would bet at one time or another they gave the info and that somewhere in very fine print (very fine print ) they were told this was happening.

    Case in point. Person says - Facebook released where I live. Did you ever upload a photo taken with your phone to Facebook? Of course.

    You do know that most modern cell phones include location data within the image data of photos taken! ---- I did not know that.

    I have no sympathy for people who give away their data then complain that it was stolen.

    Example - The recent celebrity private photo release. Did they upload these photos and really expect them to remain private.

    Today once you transmit anything by any medium it is in the public domain.

    It all started with unauthorized people reading smoke singles that were not intended for them.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2014
    Humid Gulf Coast
    How is your opinion about Trader Joes now that they did this?

    Doesn't it make you want to do business with Trader Toms, or Trader Bills instead?

    Penny smart pound foolish on their part.

    Certain businessmen take pleasure in gaining from trickery vs from fair dealing.

    It has always been so, but more often than not, they hit the windshelid like a bug in July.

    Very short sighted on their part if you ask me.
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

  7. #7
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    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    Has anyone ever noticed that almost all web pages have advertisements - even youtube.

    Even more interesting is that those advertisements are in YOUR personal interest.

    That is NOT just dumb luck.

  8. #8
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    Dec 2006
    Melbourne, FL
    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    Has anyone ever noticed that almost all web pages have advertisements - even youtube.

    Even more interesting is that those advertisements are in YOUR personal interest.

    That is NOT just dumb luck.
    Yes - search on some odd item and ads for that type of item start showing up on most of your web pages.

  9. #9
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    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    no one is safe.
    my wife and I are very cautious.
    we were the victims of identity theft back in the mid 2000's.
    It was the most stressful thing in our lives.
    There is nothing anyone can do, if you use cell phones, credit cards, your security is wide open.
    Human Test Dummy

  10. #10
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    ... There is nothing anyone can do, ...
    We have very little issue with annoying email and no issue with credit card fraud. Not that the rest of the world can't get to some of our personal information, but there are a few things we do to ward off some issues.

    Online purchases: Sites with which we do business regularly are NOT fly-by-night outfits. If we research an item and the best price leads to an "iffy" site, we bail out and go elsewhere. For stores like Lowe's, the store site gets one email address; the credit card site gets a different email address. I use PayPal for purchases on sites like eBay to add a layer. I could go on and on.

    Credit cards: We use Discover for most purchases because it, like some other cards, has great fraud protection. They have notified us of a couple of occasions where they suspected fraudulent transactions, killed our cards and rushed new ones to us.

    As to the email addresses to which I referred, I have at least a dozen different addresses in order to isolate where an issue develops. If necessary, I delete an address and set up a new one, but haven't had to do that in many years.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
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