Thieves steal credit cards without laying a finger on your wallet

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 10, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 10 at 8:23 PM

SEATTLE -- There's a new high tech way thieves can steal your credit card number, just by zapping your card using radio frequencies.

It's called electronic pickpocketing and it's just in time for the holiday shopping season.

It starts with radio frequency identification technology chip, or RFID, found in everything from passports, to enhanced drivers license, and credit and debit cards. RFID chips are designed to make paying for things faster and easier.

Nowadays, a growing number of cards come with a tiny chip and embedded antenna that can be read by radio waves. You can tell if your credit card has the chip if you see a sound wave symbol on it.

There are a couple of security measures you can take: keep your cards wrapped in tin foil or a special lead lined cover, and it may be harder to read the radio waves if the card is up against your skin.

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