Nevertheless, nearly all of us have signed up for one these programs at some point and many have a multitude of cards in our wallets or on key chains. Based on customer feedback, more and more retailers now allow you to enter your phone number into the credit card machine to access the program’s “savings” so you don’t have to carry your Neiman Marcus card, Shop Rite card, Best Buy card, Giant card, and the 15 other places you spend money. It’s very easy to end up with a George Costanza wallet.
However, with today’s thieves finding new and creative ways to steal whatever they can, it is becoming more and more common that your phone number is ending up in the wrong hands. Armed with just those 10 digits, a skilled hacker can use software to pull your full name, home address, e-mail address, as well as personal messages and pictures (thank you Scarlett Johansson) from your phone. Thieves can even track your current location via GPS from your wireless network. As smart phones become more popular, we are utilizing them to store all kinds of info (like passwords) and thus providing thieves with a lot more opportunity.
So what do you do if you want to protect your personal info while still realizing the savings at your favorite retailers? Call Jenny! Many of us couldn’t forget Tommy Tutone’s catchy 1982 hit “8675309” despite how hard we tried. There is a very likely chance that at some point, someone used that number to sign up for a rewards card that didn’t want to provide their personal info. At checkout you can simply use your local area code and 867-5309 then boom – savings! No more carrying around that Petco Card rewards card.
It’s also very convenient while traveling. Do I want the savings of buy one, get one free containers of hummus? Yes. Do I want to waste my time signing up for a Winn Dixie rewards card for the one time a year I’m in Florida? No. I’m calling Jenny for a good time instead.