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Fake Info Business Card

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by Fosszombie, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Fosszombie

    Fosszombie Empty Pockets

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    People usually think "if someone spent the time and money to make business cards they must be legit"

    That's their weakness.

    I'm not a scammer or felon or anything like that, but from time to time I like my anonymity like at a party, bar, stakeout, or other situations you may not want to be known.

    I carry a fake business card printed on a type of paper that does not easily lift prints. I usually only touch the sides and on the face too just in case.

    When you get into a situation where someone refuses to let you go until they have proper contact info you can slip them a good old "John Doe Card" as I like to call them.

    This could save your life. I keep one with a fake home address (like as if I had a home office) on me. In actuality the address is usually a library or police station or something to that effect. I rarely circulate the same info more than 3 times.

    I was once in a situation where I was monitoring a Sexual Predator and Drug Dealer for the purpose of building a case against him. He demanded I prove that I was not a cop (which I wasn't, but I didn't want him to know really WHO I was). One business card was all it took.

    I usually don't approach the people I monitor but it's great when/if you get their attention.

    More than one time I had to get a throw-away phone and print it's number on a card so that the person could confirm the info was right. At about 15-20$ and no personal information tied to them throw away phones used to be worth it, but now I rarely use them.
     
  2. IROCKID

    IROCKID Loaded Pockets

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    Cool....I wish I had a neat job like that....then I would need them....but alas, I don't...good idea though.
     
  3. Bag Boy

    Bag Boy Loaded Pockets

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    Reminds me of Samuel L Jackson's last line in "The Long Kiss Goodnight:"

    "I've always been frand and earnest with women. In Los Angeles I'm Frank, and in New York I'm Earnest."
     
  4. crossroads

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    Interesting EDC. Not too applicable for most people, but interesting. Thanks for sharing. :)
     
  5. tradja

    tradja Loaded Pockets

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    Along the same lines as the decoy wallet. Good idea!
     
  6. bpa

    bpa Loaded Pockets

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    Just remember which one you are flashing. As the Yiddish saying goes, "You need a good memory to be a successful liar." :-X
     
  7. SF1

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    Jim Rockford had a little machine that he used to print them on the sopt,in the Television show, "The Rockford Files."

    I used to think that was so cool.

    I only give cards to people I think need them, otherwise, I'm all out. Thats it no exceptions. Frankly, I no ,longer like business cards...I just say search me on the web.
     
  8. uxu

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    That reminded me of an article from WikiHOW on that very topic. I built a cheap duct tape wallet, and as the OP suggests, had a friend print about 50 fake business cards and keep 3 in the wallet. I've populated the wallet with a couple expired Visa and AMEX rebate cards and a $5.00 in ones.

    I haven't had to use it yet - but just you don't buy car insurance after the accident.
     
  9. Stutoffee

    Stutoffee Loaded Pockets

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    Throwaway (or "burn" phones as theyre often called) used to be VERY easy to get, but nowadays (in the UK at least!) they generally have to be bought by credit card or have the SIM registered by credit card, so the phone becomes "traceable".
    Admittedly, not EASILY traceable, but it could be done.

    Unfortunately, by their very nature, burn phones are useful to & have been used by terrorists in the UK & elsewhere.
     
  10. RobertRogers

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    Too funny. Actually, many people will accept a business card as positive id. Also, carrying a clipboard and perhaps wearing a vest as though you were doing some kind of inspection can get you into places.
     
  11. yam350

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    For anyone that wants to make their own business cards fake or otherwise this http://www.clickablecard.com/?page=10200 is one of the simplest but most effective pieces of free software I have come across. I just use it to make my own cards and print and laminate them, although you can use this software for Ecards as well.
     
  12. Buzzkill

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    The Linux word processing app KWord makes it absurdly easy to create and mass-produce business cards. Lo and behold, KOffice seems to have a Winblowz port, too, for those of you foolish enough to still be running that particular operating system.
     
  13. sewer_rat

    sewer_rat Loaded Pockets

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    Use 'loadable' credit cards offered by the major credit card companies. These can usually be purchased in the same places as disposable phones and allow you to buy a credit card that you can either load with cash or comes with an amount already on it. Some of the paycheck loan places will also offer cash deposit services where you give them cash to hold and they offer cash and credit cards in exchange.

    As for decoy business cards, I'll usually keep an eye out for when the business supply or printing stores offer cheap deals on small run business cards. For $15, you get a 25 to 100 card run from a simple selection of styles. I'll make up some generic but interesting sounding titles with only an email address linked to the title on the card ie:

    Flambeau Inc.
    Network Security Intrusion Consultant
    Flambeau.Sec@gmail.com

    With gmail, you can bury the traceback to the other email address you get asked for when you make the account through a number of methods. The easiest being the onetime email addresses offered as a 'Spam avoidance'. Just watch your IP when checking those email addresses, if you ever intend on doing so.
     
  14. Crash_Fistfight

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    this is the best thread yet!

    do you guys like Jason Bourne?

    don't forget your trade craft, the opposition is everywhere!
     
  15. secondechomatt

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    I have a bunch in my wallet, ranging from professional eater, to executive assassin. I'm actually a pastor, so its funny to see peoples faces when I hand them those cards!
     
  16. Trickster

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    In this day and age of governmental paranoia I would be careful with job titles like that. Could get you a nice, free pair of stainless steel bracelets (at least for a while) when you show them to the wrong person.

    On another note: Kevin Mitnick (a famous hacker) once said / wrote that it is quite easy to get inside a corporate facility by showing the guard a fake business card. The way he tells the story you also should look like you belong, e.g. wear a suit and act extremely busy talking to no one on a bluetooth headset.
     
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    Regarding, looking like you belong in a place. Carry a Telephone Test set, they will just point the way to the rear of the store. I surprised a few Managers telling them their people didn't ask anything, just set me back there unescorted. Usually I did this in stores/offices that I already knew, and was one of my accounts to inspect/repair.
     
  18. Mike V

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    Do you live in a caravan at the beach?

    Drive a gold Pontiac Firebird Esprit?

    I think your cover is blown.
     
  19. Bushman5

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    funny you mentioned this. I used to do security penetration testing for a company. I would dress in khakis, polo shirt, polished boots and carry a clipboard, pencil and flashlight (slung around my neck). I could walk into pretty much anywhere, after all i was just the smoke alarm tester from the fire dept. :evilgrin:
     
  20. jprivott

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    Starting to tarry from the original subject, which was interesting (Thanks OP): My dad works for a beverage vendor, which puts him in the back of a lot of stores. He and I used to joke that we could rob every place blind because we could walk into the back room of any chain (even if I was by myself, and I'm a young guy with an unorthodox haircut and plain/grungy clothes, and would work with alcohol) and no one would bat an eye. "walk with purpose and look/act like you belong" is powerful stuff :slap: