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Special Report: Smart Card Theft. Little Rock Gets Electronically Pickpocketed

This man looks to be a businessman, carrying what appears to be an iPad.

But little do the surrounding travelers know, he has a device that can steal their credit card information. He bought a contactless credit card reader on line.

You can buy these new for $150 or used for about $100 on auction sites.

The card readers can scan credit and debit cards that have a little chip called RFID or radio frequency identification.

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High-Tech Credit Cards Easy Target For Thieves Privacy Experts Critical Of RFID Technology

INDIANAPOLIS -- They're billed as faster and more convenient, but some high-tech credit cards could be opening customers up to identity theft.

In 2005, JP Morgan Chase was the first to unveil an RF credit card, equipped with radio frequency technology that allows customers to skip swiping and simply wave the card in front of a special reader.

Cards with radio frequency identification technology, commonly known as RFID, are now used by all of the major credit card companies, including...

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The risk inside your credit card; Electronic Pickpocketing

Bob Segall/13 Investigates

Millions of credit cards now have a built-in device designed to make them more convenient. But is it also making your credit cards more vulnerable to fraud? 13 Investigates shows how credit card information can be stolen from your wallet while it's still inside your pocket.

Identity Stronghold is the leading provider of RFID security sleeves and badge holders to the U.S. government, and offers a full line of consumer products from card and badge holders, to...

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Electronic Pickpocketing News Report

The Electronic Pickpocketing Threat is Real. Compelled to provide information on shielding RFID technology because the major credit card companies are not forthcoming with card holders, "Dispelling Myths. Straight Talk on RFID" security can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/06jKsbOiruc

Walt Augustinowicz continues to address the growing threat of electronic pickpocketing made possible by the issuance of RFID-enabled credit cards. Nearly 100 radio and television outlets throughout the U.S.,...

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RFID Security Expert Walt Augustinowicz Clones College Student's ID's and Credit Cards

RFID Security Expert Walt Augustinowicz Clones College Student's ID's and Credit Cards for National News Demonstration

A demonstration for Inside Edition on electronic pickpocketing and phantom keys by payment and security expert Walt Augustinowicz on the campus of Northern Arizona University shows the security risks inherent with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in point of access key cards, identification and personal credit cards, proving that constant shielding of these cards is...

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Watch out for the modern pickpocket

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- More credit card companies are now sending their customers credit cards equipped with an RFID chip, known as a Radio Frequency Identification chip. The credit card companies say that it's a convenience but critics are convinced that it's a pretty sneaky way to pickpocket.

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Electronic pick-pocketing possible with smart cards, patent warns

DALLAS -- The inventors of the so-called smart cards, the credit cards and passports with radio frequency chips known as RFID inside, warned that they are susceptible to electronic pick-pocketing in the patent filed with the U.S. Government.

"This is perfect for thieves," said Walt Augustinowicz, owner of Identity Stronghold.

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Visa knew of 'electronic pickpocketing' risk, documents reveal

DENVER -- Documents recently uncovered at the US Patent and Trademark Office show VISA knew that credit cards containing RFID chips are "a major concern for consumers and businesses alike."

Yet the credit card companies never warned their customers about the risks and continue to issue millions credit cards with RFID chips today.

source: Heidi Hemmat, Investigative Reporter, KDVR

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Florida considers RFID chips for driver's licenses

An amendment to a Senate bill is working its way through Florida Senate committees that would require an "electronic authentication" to be added to Florida drivers' licenses.

Right now, drivers' licenses have all the information on the back strip. But to access it, it has to be swiped. The amendment would place Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips in the license, which could compromise the security of your identity.

Security expert Walk Augustinowicz breaks down the bill.

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Los Angeles Gets Electronically Pickpocketed

Los Angeles Gets Electronically Pickpocketed

An ongoing effort by credit card companies to issue 1 billion radio frequency identification chip-enabled contactless cards by 2016 will dramatically increase the public's susceptibility to identity and financial theft from electronic pickpocketing.

More than 60 radio and television outlets throughout the U.S., Canada, England and Australia have reported on the threat and ease of "electronic pickpocketing" in an effort to get the credit card...

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