There seems to be rampant credit card fraud running through St. Thomas. Dozens have posted on Facebook, many who have found charges in the states and other countries. Some people have found the charges had to wait for a new card to come in only to be hit again.
Since the police don’t seem to be involved yet you should protect yourself.
Many credit card thieves get your card info using a device called a Credit Card Skimmer.
A credit card skimmer is a portable capture device that is attached in front of or on top of the legitimate scanner. The skimmer passively records the card data as you insert your credit card into the real scanner. Read more about that here: Credit Card Skimmers.
Then you have to worry about the RFID hackers:
For years, digital pickpockets have built RFID readers that can electronically sniff someone’s wallet or purse for account information embedded on an RFID (radio frequency identification) enabled credit card. That step has all but been eliminated by the cell phone manufacturers. The newest versions of Android smartphones have the hardware to do the same thing and more.
Read all about the slime bags here: RFID hackers.
So it’s become very easy with the use of smartphones and technology to steal your credit card info.
And it’s happening a lot now in St. Thomas.
Read your credit card bills regularly. You can purchase Aluminum Wallets that block RFID readers. I found a lot of styles on Amazon. Or for now, be extra careful and pay cash until these thieves are caught.
Comment here on the blog if you’ve had this happen and let us know where you were on St. Thomas when you used your card.