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Old 05-12-2010, 11:27   #1
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Credit Card Scams - FYI

This is not boat related per se but is relative to ones accounts. But good info to know. I have one card thats vulnerable and will contact the bank.

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I guess we are never really safe when it comes to this kind of thing. All I can say is that we always want to be aware in our surroundings.

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Yea, I saw this the other day too. Fortunately, I don't have any cards that are vulnerable. Scary.
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Isn't technology great?

What do these RFID credit card and other devices really save in time? 5 seconds? 10 seconds maybe? I'm all for doing things faster, but for tasks that really don't take a whole lot of time anyway, I think we should leave it as is.

I can understand a grocery store wanting every item to have an RFID tag, since this can speed up checkouts and accuracy, but there's really no reason we should pay for things this way.
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There are some RF-shielded wallets (thin layer of metal foil in the outer skin of the wallet) and a thin sheet of copper probably would accomplish the same thing. If you don't use the RF feature, you can always spot the chip and crudely smash it with a screwdriver.

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If you don't use the RF feature, you can always spot the chip and crudely smash it with a screwdriver.
Good idea! But I wonder if it is conjunction with the strip?

I can see a slight bulge about 1/4" square in the same spot on both sides of my card. I would assume that's it.
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Ouch.. Thanks!

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Usually nowhere near the strip, which probably could interfer or get corrupted by the radio activity and resulting EMF.

Some of the card manufacturers were very up-front about sending out a cover letter with the new cards that pointed out exactly where their proud new feature was installed, or they show it on their web sites.

Or you could ask them for a replacement card, then stick the old one in the microwave for a couple of seconds and see where the plastic burns up first.<G>
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The banks shoved this down our throats. I'm inclined to say screw em. Let them come up with a way to prevent it. I check my card balance every few days, If something's on it that I didn't do, I call them and let them deal with it.

BTW, the NCIS episode a couple weeks ago had a young lady going round doing this. She got nailed because one of the cards she grabbed and cloned was a card known to be used by terrorists and they jumped on her with guns out. Scared the crap out of her. Pretty funny to watch.
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Usually nowhere near the strip, which probably could interfer or get corrupted by the radio activity and resulting EMF.

Some of the card manufacturers were very up-front about sending out a cover letter with the new cards that pointed out exactly where their proud new feature was installed, or they show it on their web sites.

Or you could ask them for a replacement card, then stick the old one in the microwave for a couple of seconds and see where the plastic burns up first.<G>
Or smack it with a hammer ! That'd be a twofer. Get your agressions out at banks while protecting your i.d.
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