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Thieves can electronically pickpocket your credit card number

Posted on: February 25, 2011

In a recent news series from a local Denver TV station reported that criminals can now steal your credit card information without ever laying hand on your purse or wallet. In addition, victims living in the Denver area are more inclined to be involved in such crime because Denver is a test market for RFID chips for new credit cards.

The crime these thieves can commit is considered as “electronic pickpocketing” and it’s made possible by a computer chip embedded in your credit card, called radio frequency identification or RFID. RFID chips are being used in credit cards to make it easier to pay for things. All you need to do is swipe your card over the credit card reader and you’ve paid. The way you can tell if your credit card has the RFID chip is if it has 4-wavy lines on the front of the card. This is known as “pay wave” technology and it is also making it easier for thieves to get your credit card information.

Here is how thieves can steal your credit card information from your RFID credit card. With only a small laptop computer and a credit card reader you can buy online for $100, the thief can wave the credit card reader across the back pockets of men and women’s purses. This picks up the credit card numbers and puts it into the laptop for retrieval. It doesn’t matter if your wallet is hidden in a purse or your credit card is buried in your wallet. The credit card reader can read through this and pick up your information.

Credit card companies say that even if a criminal was able to swipe your credit card number and expiration date, they couldn’t make purchases without the 3 digit security code on the back of the card. However, this is not the case most of the time. Just as long as the thief has your credit card number and expiration date, they can still buy things by using your credit card.

But there is a way to protect yourself from electronic pickpocketing. You can buy secure sleeves for your credit cards for less than a $1 each, with 20 per packet, by clicking on this website www.idstronghold.com. Or if you have a debit card with the RFID chip, most banks will exchange your card for one without it.

Finally, don’t forget to check your credit cards to make sure that you are not helping out thieves who are electronically pickpocketing your wallet. For just a minimal investment you can protect your credit card and your identity.

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