Electronic Pick Pocketing Is for Real. Please Watch

Of course the bad guys always figure something out to steal your money.
If you have any of these certain cards that you will see in the following story, I would suggest leaving them home. Anyone who gets too close as in vid, bust ’em in the chops. 😉

How to Keep RFID Credit Cards Safe

By an eHow Contributor
Keep RFID Credit Cards Safe 

RFID credit cards use a radio frequency to transmit personal financial data. They are not swiped through a scanning machine like a traditional credit card. Unfortunately, RFID credit cards can be skimmed when an unauthorized user grabs the unencrypted data from your card using an RFID reader. The technology Website EnGadget found that data from RFID credit cards is easily skimmed using an $8 reader purchased on eBay. Credit card companies are aware of the problem and are creating security fixes, but there are a number of steps you can take to protect your financial information.

  1. Leave your RFID credit cards at home. If you are concerned about the safety of your information on your card, use it only at home for online purchases. Pay for purchases outside your home with cash or regular credit cards.
  2. Stack your RFID credit cards together in your wallet. Putting your cards next to one another will make it harder for a scanner to read the data on a particular RFID card. However, this only offers a small amount of protection.
  3. Wrap your RFID credit cards in aluminum foil before putting them in your wallet. Some users have reported that this simple, homemade technique helps block RFID scanners from reading the card.
  4. Consider a credit card shield for more advanced protection. There are a number of companies that manufacture shields that hold your credit card when it is not in use. Most companies use aluminum material to prevent RFID scanners from reading the data on your card, and they usually cost less than $10. RFID Blocking Sleeveswww.IDstronghold.com
  5. Consider a special wallet, such as a DataSafe wallet, if you would prefer not to have a separate shield for each individual credit card. These wallets look completely normal, but they are manufactured with materials that have been approved by the Government Services Administration to block RFID transmissions.
  6. Monitor your credit card statements regularly for errors or odd charges. Credit card theft and fraud can occur even after taking the best precautions, but regularly monitoring your bank statements can alert you to any suspicious activity.

H/t beloved Joan and Shireen.
~Steve & Eowyn

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Patriot Angel

What about the 3 digit safety confirmation number that is on the back of the card?


OK, I give up. What about that three numeral code on the back? What is it for, and when should we give it out? My main cc recently went missing w/o my knowing it. It was only a short time between then and when I got home, perhaps less than an hour. Five minutes after I returned, I got a phone call from MasterCard. The woman asked if I’d used my card to charge .92 cents. Yes, you read that correctly, ninety-two cents! Of course not, I said, that would be crazy to do so. She said she was cancelling… Read more »


Wow! Thanks for the warning! This explains why my mom had her debit card wrapped in tinfoil at the Albertson’s check out stand.
I think I’ll make a thinsulate lining for my purse. It has a layer of mylar (like the baloons) sandwiched between fabric. Do you think that would work?


Steve, thanks for confirming this! Mylar it is!
Come to think of it, sensitive computer components always come in a mylar bag.


Electronic pickpocketing: Stealing credit card data from a distance…
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Genius article – thanks for posting! It’s a different picture here in the UK, although we’re catching up fast with you guys. By 2012 it is estimated that over 29 million British citizens will carry some form of RFID enabled device. All UK passports issued since 2006 store bio-metric information about the holder. Likewise, credit cards are also being issued with embedded RFID chips. At https://www.rfidprotect.co.uk there’s a very real measure of protection for individuals who view RFID information theft as the next major crime wave to hit the UK. RFID Protect also tracks the very latest developments in the… Read more »


Also, if you have a passport or passport card with an RFID chip keep them covered as well.