An easy way to protect your credit and debit cards from skimming

Pickpocketing has reached a new level – newer swipeless credit cards feature a special radio frequency identification chip, or RFID,
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Pickpocketing has reached a new level – newer swipeless credit cards feature a special radio frequency identification chip, or RFID, which removes the need for swiping at terminals.

While these cards are smart, you need to make sure you outsmart thieves who want to scan your RFID cards while they sit in your wallet.

Here’s a simple and effective way to do this:

What you need:

  • Thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Heavy-duty aluminium foil
  • Ruler
  • Duct tape
Steps:
  1. Measure and cut two pieces of cardboard into the same size of your credit cards. Wrap the heavy-duty foil completely around each cardboard rectangle.
  2. Place your RFID credit cards between the two foil-covered cardboard pieces.

The aluminium foil should block any scanning attempts against your credit cards.

Tell us your thoughts below.

  1. Anne Mitchell

    Have had my wallet lined with alfoil since “tap and go” commenced.

    • Gail Riley  

      thanks – I am lining mine soon as I’ve typed this…

    • Anne Mitchell

      Gail Riley I was told that you really don’t need the cardboard, just a few folds of alfoil the length of a folding wallet or at the back and front of a “purse type..

  2. Lee Leary

    good idea,I’ve actually got a Chinese good luck thingy ma jig…its metal of some sort for luck. It hides the cc.

  3. Val Hoffman

    We don’t have pay wave on our debit cash cards. Have to on the credit card. Mines as it says, in foil, has been for long time.hubby never has his. Locked away.

  4. Lyn Bradford

    Years ago I had my wallet stolen & the police told me you should keep ALL cards separate from your wallet because thieves will always be in a hurry & will go for your wallet every time, that way all they will get is whatever cash you have only, so now I put all cards,credit, Medicare, ect in a card holder that is scan proof, they are quite cheap to buy.

  5. Carlo Ferluga

    unfortunately, it also means that you have to have a rucksack, if, like most people, you have more than one card. Not to mention the rest of “plastic’ that you need to carry around

  6. Sue Todd

    Scan away you thieves, I only transfer what I need for my shopping day in my card account.

  7. Evelyn Macgowan

    I would imagine going through airport scsnner could be a problem. As I had problems with just cough lollies in foil sheets setting off the alarms at airport.

  8. Jill Scheerer

    I have a holder that is scan proof, also when travelling I have a RFID bag that crosses over the body. So far so good. 😀

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