Electronic pickpocketing isn’t newest technology out there, but it’s been exploited as possibly the easiest method for criminals to snatch your information. So easy, in fact, that the bad guys don’t really need to come into close physical contact with you, or your credit card information.
RFID (radio frequency identification) chips placed in cards to make checking out and paying for items less time-consuming are also open to savvy thieves. RFID is used by “pay wave” retailers; at the register, there’s no swiping and entering information–just wave the RFID-enabled card in front of a scanner and it’s done. It’s similar to electronic tolling on US highways.