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Will you be a victim of digital pickpockets? Hacker reveals how easy it is to steal credit card numbers in seconds while you still have them in your hand.

  • Criminals use RFID and NFC wireless communication to steal numbers
  • The readers can be brought online or downloaded to phone via an app
  • Within a matter of seconds, the technology can pick up and store data
  • A $300 machine can then replicate the card so it can be used elsewhere
  • It is estimated 70% cards will soon be vulnerable to digital pick pocketing


A new breed of digital pickpocket has been discovered lurking in stations and shopping centres.

They come armed with technology that can effortlessly steal credit and debit card details without so much as touching your wallet.

Standing just six inches (15cm) away, these criminals use radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers to harvest bank details in a practice known as ‘digital skimming’.

HOW DIGITAL PICKPOCKETS WORK

The technology in the card, known as radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal.

Standing just six inches (15cm) away, these criminals use RFID readers or apps to harvest bank details in a practice known as ‘skimming’.

If a readers or RFID-app enabled smartphone is within range, it can pick up the wireless signals transmitted when that card is being used to buy a product.

The information can then be input into a machine that can be purchased for $300-$400 to replicate the card.

Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being kept in special foil-lined wallets like Phenwall RFID Wallet.