Do you have a Visa payWAVE®,
American Express® Expresspay, MasterCard®
PayPass™ and/or Discover Zip credit
card? While it can be a convenient way to pay because it is a contactless
method of payment, it can put you at an increased risk of identity theft while
you're out shopping during the holiday season.
How so?! These cards are embedded with Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID), a small device that transmits payment
information from that object to another device. Criminals are able to
capitalize on this technology via electronic pickpocketing where they use a
scanner to capture your credit card number, expiration and CVV code from a
distance without ever having to touch your purse or wallet.
With all of the foot traffic in shopping malls and travel during the holiday
season, you can’t be too careful. For added protection, we recommend that you
set up alerts to monitor your accounts, practice general security measures and
consider RFID blocking products, such as those displayed below.