The Risk Inside Your Credit Card

Your credit card may not be as safe as you think it is!

The latest technology in credit and debit cards may be putting you at risk for fraud.  Called RFID (for Radio Frequency Identification Chip), it’s a tiny chip hidden in millions of credit cards.   About a third of all credit cards have RFID’s embedded in them and the number is growing.

Designed as a way to make it easier for you to use your credit card and to be a faster way to pay, the technology allows you to simply wave your card at the scanner.  The device sends out a signal with your credit card information.  Unfortunately, this technology can leave you exposed to electronic pickpocketing.  Thieves with scanners designed to read the information broadcast by the chip can capture your credit card information and use it to make purchases or sometimes sell the information to others.

RFID’s are also being placed in passports and in some school identification cards.

RFID not good for financial vibrant health

Symbol indicates RFID

How can you tell if your credit card has an RFID and what can you do to protect yourself?  Many cards with the technology have a symbol on them like that shown here.  Others are imprinted with wording that indicates they are RFID equipped.  Play the movie for examples.

To protect your credit card information, you can purchase protective sleeves for your credit and debit cards, as well as shielded wallets.  But something as simple as wrapping the card in foil will work.  You can also tell your bank that you don’t want a card that has RFID.

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