Reports across the country have found that a growing number of restaurant workers are committing identity theft by taking a customer's credit card number when he or she pays the bill. But now there's a free smartphone application that removes this threat from the payment process.
With the new iPhone and Droid app, Tabbed Out, consumers at participating restaurants can pay without ever handing over their credit card to an unknown person, according to a report from MassLive
. The program allows patrons to view and pay their restaurant tab through their phone automatically.
The diner presents the server with a unique code generated by the app. The server inputs that code into the restaurant's point of sale system, the report said. At the end of the meal, the customer can check his or her phone to ensure the total is correct, then pay wirelessly via the Internet.
Credit card fraud continues to be a growing concern for consumers, which is why many are looking for new protection methods and security technology to safeguard their information.
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