questionswho has seen this video on stolen credit card…


Here's another video, showing how the credit card companies don't want you to know about this.


Tin-foil hat = crazy
Tin-foil wallet, maybe not as much.

I did a bunch of research about this a while back, because I couldn't tell if it was chicken little, or a legit threat. I don't think this is very wide spread, yet, but that article on the CC companies, makes me wonder if it is getting swept under the rug. Just to be on the safe side, I lined my wallet w/ copper mesh. I just flipped the fabric lining out, took out the stitching, slipped in the mesh, and sewed it back up. Took about 15 minutes, and the wallet looks normal. There is some dissension, as to whether aluminum foil is adequate, but it probably would be. I also toyed with the idea of aluminum duct tape, over a vinyl sleeve.


Consumer Reports has done a few stories about radio frequency blocking wallets. They found them to be unreliable and of inconsistent quality. In other words, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't, even within the same brand and model.


If you know where the chip is, you sjust drill a hole in it with something like a dremel or drill. I have done this to my Visa cards and have never had any problems.


@jnissel: Have you ever had issues with stores noticing the hole in your card? I'm not sure what the implications would be, but I'm just wondering.


@publicart: It seems that all of the stores I shop in have the self-service card reader. I can't remember the last time a clerk took my card to scan it.

That said if there has been any time I was never asked about the hole. Remember it doesn't have to be a big hole. As long as you drill through the actual area where the chip is you will damage some portion of the electronics. That will render the chip useless.


@jnissel: OUCH! I said "That said if there has been any time I was never asked about the hole."

I meant to say "That said, if there has been any time I was asked about the hole I don't remember it."