posted on Aug, 2 2010 @ 11:23 PM
About 2 years ago I decided to cut up and destroy my Visa Check Card. Under the hologram is a microchip. (I had worn the hologram down through so many
swipes)... I am not 100% *sure* it is RFID or not.
Before I shredded the card I wrote down the card number and expiration date, also the 3-digit security code on the back.
Well, as my spending habits at the time were out of control I wanted to buy something online. The *very* next day I tried to buy something online
using the written down information. Believe me, I tripple-checked the info I wrote down from the card before I shredded it into 50 pieces.
To my surprise, the card did not work. I tested this on various websites, not just Amazon.com and other websites that had my credit card number on
file. It simply baffled and frankly, frightened me.
I have no way to account for it. I never called anyone, never told anyone...not my bank, certainly not visa.
How this card did not work the very next day is beyond me. I had money in my account to boot. This very fact prompted me to get an RFID blocking
I even traveled to Europe with it without problems. I would have thought such a wallet would be of interest going through airport security. Nope, just
put it on the tray and let them x-ray it.
Like I said, I have several known RFID badges for my job -- and I tested them inside and outside the wallet. It works. The "foil" used in these
wallets is present (if you really look you can tell it's there) ... but normally, no one would ever know. Nice wallet to boot -- quality leather!
Good price anyway for a leather wallet.
A pretty transparent solution IMO. I even bought one for my best friend who is more paranoid than me.
[edit on 2-8-2010 by MystikMushroom]