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Visa Says Fraud Warnings Are Unfounded

PERSONAL PRIVACY

April 13, 2012

Visa Canada says recent concerns raised by police about "electronic pick-pocketing" are unfounded, North Shore News reports. North Vancouver RCMP warned residents to protect their chip-embedded credit cards in a release earlier this month, warning that "By simply walking past you, a person with a card reader acquires your credit card number, expiration date and more." But Visa Canada says no such incident has ever been reported, and cards can't be read from a significant distance. Additionally, only the card number and expiration date could be captured, not an individual's personal information. "We just don't see it happening," said a spokesman.
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