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Sue Bonham didn't waste any time hugging four firefighters from the Sissonville Volunteer Department Monday night. Nearly one year ago, she said the four men saved her life. "It will be a year on Wednesday
Sue Bonham didn't waste any time hugging four firefighters from the Sissonville Volunteer Department Monday.
The tiny chip inside some credit cards is known as an R.F.I.D.
card or Radio Frequency Identification makes it possible for you to pay without
swiping your card.
Certain stores have sensors at check-out that recognize the technology, and
can pull your information with the touch of your card.
If you have a symbol on your credit card that looks similar to the wifi
symbol, it means you probably have an R.F.I.D device in your card.
The convenient technology comes with a cost.
Criminals can purchase an R.F.I.D scanner online for a
few hundred dollars. Criminals can use the scanners to obtain your personal
information by scanning the area near your card.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Office Detective Sean Snuffer calls it a new way to
commit an old crime.
"It's a matter of being close to somebody and having a device that will make
a copy of that card," said Detective Snuffer.
You can buy wallets online that claim to protect cards that have a R.F.I.D.
Detective Snuffer said you should always be careful when it comes to
protecting your wallet.
"Be aware of your surroundings, who's around you, what they are doing when
they are around you."
You can call your credit card company if you want to request a card without
an R.F.I.D. device
If you like the technology, you can always buy a protective sleeve or wallet
for your card.
We found a link to some, here: http://www.amazon.com/Wallet-Blocking-Secure-Credit-Identity/dp/B00CJHZLEW