This website has recently discovered people are really doing that! I'm guessing people do it in an attempt to see if their credit card numbers have been stolen and are being posted online anywhere. Unfortunately, by searching online for your credit card number, you have just made your credit card account number available to any website you then happen to land on; the website owner now has your card number.
What Happens When You Do a Search on Google, Bing, Yahoo, or Other Search EnginesSequence:
- You do a search for your credit or debit card account number.
- A list of search results comes up.
- You click on one or more of the results.
- Now here is where the problems start... Virtually all website owners automatically track what search-terms bring people to their websites; they do this for perfectly benign and legitimate search-engine-optimization-related reasons. Your credit card number was the search-term bringing you to the website and so is nicely displayed to the website owner along with all the other usual search-terms being recorded by the site. Now if you landed on an honest website, then your credit card number is simply ignored. But if you landed on a dishonest website which is looking for those kinds of numbers...
|Online credit card account number searches are a bad idea...|