Q&A with Kitt Letcher
Sleeves can shield credit cards
from digital reader pickpockets
Q: I understand the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma offers sleeves for credit cards. What are these, why would someone need one and can anybody have one?
A: The new generation of credit and debit cards come with a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that has card data stored on it. These chips then communicate wirelessly to special readers at equipped retail locations that offer the consumer an easy way to make purchases by waving their card in front of a reader at the register. However, anyone armed with a reader could electronically pickpocket and take the data on the card transmitted by the chip without the card owner’s knowledge. Better Business Bureau offers credit card sleeves with a protective lining that blocks this potential threat. BBB has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust for more than 100 years, and these sleeves are just another way were helping protect consumers. Credit card sleeves are available for anyone at the downtown Oklahoma City office, 17 S Dewey Ave. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Q: Do you need them for credit cards with a magnetic strip, as well as those, like they have in Europe, with a chip inside? What's the difference?