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Old 03-05-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Check your credit cards

Everyone, A friend sent me the link below that will take you to a video that everyone who uses a credit or debit card needs to watch. If you are like me, you may not have been aware of the new technology that is shown in the video. My first exposure to this was in an episode of the TV program, NCIS; but I didn't pay much attention, thinking that it was something that was not readily available to the general public. Pay close attention to the part of the video that demonstrates how to tell if your card has an imbedded RFID chip in it and how you can protect yourself from potential theft of your account number. Technology is wonderful, until the criminal element uses it for creating illegal uses. Just click on the link below to take you to the video:

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Thanks for the info. That is interesting and I guess I needn't worry about that technique as mine have no RFID chip. There are other ways that they can steal your identity though. It's happened to me twice and it's no fun.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:11 AM   #3
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In didn't think mine did either, but my American Express has them.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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RFID has been around for years. When I receive a credit card with an RFID chip embedded, I take it out to the shop, put it on the anvil, take a hammer, and smash the RFID. It still works as a "swipe" card.

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I'm going to try that. On HERS first.
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So, a card is compromised and someone goes on a spending spree. All of our cards hold us harmless for unauthorized use, and the law limits liability to $50 anyway. Typically the cc company sees it before we do and calls to let us know. Within 24 hours you have a new card and move on with your life. We even had a card delivered to us by courier at a truck stop once. DW travels worldwide 80% of the time. One or two of her cards is compromised every year.

If this really bothers someone, wrap your wallet in foil or buy a wallet that is shielded (we use one for passports as that information is really valuable to crooks). In the general scheme of things we never worry about credit card compromises. We are paranoid enough about debit cards that we keep ours in the lockbox, though.
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RFID has been around for years. When I receive a credit card with an RFID chip embedded, I take it out to the shop, put it on the anvil, take a hammer, and smash the RFID. It still works as a "swipe" card.

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Does the hammer method work? I use the drill press. I *know* it works.
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So, a card is compromised and someone goes on a spending spree. All of our cards hold us harmless for unauthorized use, and the law limits liability to $50 anyway. Typically the cc company sees it before we do and calls to let us know. Within 24 hours you have a new card and move on with your life. We even had a card delivered to us by courier at a truck stop once. DW travels worldwide 80% of the time. One or two of her cards is compromised every year.

If this really bothers someone, wrap your wallet in foil or buy a wallet that is shielded (we use one for passports as that information is really valuable to crooks). In the general scheme of things we never worry about credit card compromises. We are paranoid enough about debit cards that we keep ours in the lockbox, though.
Yep! Except we all pay for it indirectly! Either in higher rates or higher fees or some other way. Unfortunately far too many have the same attitude as expressed in your comments.
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IMHO, this is unnecessary technology.

As a public service, if you all have any credit/debit cards you want this technology removed from, forward them to me and I will remove the chips for you and free ship them back to you from Nigeria. Bob
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...As a public service, if you all have any credit/debit cards you want this technology removed from, forward them to me and I will remove the chips for you and free ship them back to you from Nigeria. Bob
You must be a scammer; you're English is too good!

All seriousness aside, even though I could keep my cards in a shielded case or sleeve, or wrapped in foil, I prefer not to have to worry about it (fortunately, my credit union hasn't started using RFIDs yet). If I have to hand my card to someone for scanning, an RFID is easier to skim unnoticed than a magnetic stripe, although even those aren't that hard (it would be a breeze for the server who carries your card away from the table to do all kinds of things with your card while it is out of your sight).

Many financial institutions that are going to RFIDs will allow customers to opt out.
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You must be kidding!!
How many even know it's in there? They might now that the worm is out of the can.
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No RFIDs in our cards. But I have had 2 cards compromised. 1 discovered by me when a package arrived that I did not order. 1 by the card company when software was charged from Sweden. Total cost to me $0. Thanks for the information.
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I'm going to try that. On HERS first.
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... buy a wallet that is shielded (we use one for passports...
Not to highjack this thread but where would one buy such a wallet?
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