engine - 4:51 pm on Nov 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
Sorry to hear about that scam. It can be very inconvenient, as well as financially burdensome.
Scanning the card is one of the easiest things to do, and it takes very little time to do. With chip and pin cards they have to get your pin, or the cvv code on the back. That's not difficult with some people that make it obvious when keying in the pin, or making the cvv number visible.
Over the phone purchases are also risky, of course. I had to take a supplier to task over the card details they wrote down on their multi-part form. How dumb of them was that! I found out they'd written id down in clear, legible text when they mailed me a copy. I insisted they track down every copy of that multi-part form and provide me with evidence they redacted the relevant text.