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Thread: I had an idea about using insul-bright to protect credit cards - will it work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz View Post
    One would want to protect there credit and debit cards from being scanned in your wallet from thieves. Such technology has existed for a few years now. You can be anywhere and someone goes by you with the right tool which you would not see and it will scan the cards in your wallet/purse if not protected to block such. I have had one of those card holders for about 2-3 years now. You can purchase such for about 6-10 dollars in most stores anymore which would be still alot cheaper than buying insulbright and making one.
    I agree, and if the insulbrite didn't work...you have problems. I have one of the metal cases and figure that it is insurance...I've had fraud and don't want to deal with it again.
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    I've never heard of this, but glad to know about it. Boy, thieves are smarter than the average bear, are they not? Wow! Thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter View Post
    I was wondering if I made a tote or wallet using insul-bright if it would protect a credit card like those metal wallets you can buy.

    Here's a description for insul-bright:

    Insul~Bright consists of hollow, polyester fibers needlepunched through a nonwoven substrate and through a reflective metalized poly film. The needled material is breathable and won’t break down with washing. The hollow fibers resist conduction while the reflective metalized poly film resists radiant energy. The energy, hot or cold, is reflected back to its source.

    Any and all comments appreciated.
    Not sure if that will work but wouldn't wrapping them in a tin foil packet be a possibility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by callen View Post
    Not sure if that will work but wouldn't wrapping them in a tin foil packet be a possibility?
    After discussing this with my DH, I'm thinking of lining a pocket inside my tote with foil. Use velcro on it and keep a small credit card holder in it. Those metal wallets are thick. Someone posted a tutorial for a thin wallet that looked like it holds several credit cards. I could also line one of those too.

    35 plus years ago when we lived overseas in a high pickpocket area, we were told to carry our purses in front of us and if we are walking with someone to walk closely and have the purse on the side next to your walking companion. Guys were told to carry their wallets in their front pockets. And sometimes no matter what you do you still get robbed. One of my roommates when I was single had money stolen by a friend. We had a party and we knew everybody there. I hid my stuff under dirty laundry. She did not she just hung her purse in her closet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alienquilter View Post
    read this info at ehow: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5772197...ds-purse_.html

    i was not aware of this type of technology until my dh told me about it a year ago.
    there was a show on tv showing a man using this new technology and picking up all info from passerby's while their cards were still in their pockets.

    Kinda scary, right. Will be anxious to read if the insul-bright works...let us know if you find out anymore.

    And thanks........mj

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    My mom bought one of the metal wallets from a "As on TV" stores after she had someone steal her credit card information. Tin foil is supposed to work, but for $10, Mom has a neat wallet and doesn't have to fuss with the foil.
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    My SIL travels thru airports a lot for his work and had his 2 credit cards scanned by one of those machines. Not until the charges starting coming in did he realize what had happened. We now carry the aluminum wallets. Walmart carries them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    I've never heard of this, but glad to know about it. Boy, thieves are smarter than the average bear, are they not? Wow! Thanks for the information.
    It happens. A family member had her bank card info stolen--apparently--while she was filling her gas tank. The thief immediately drained her bank account. The bank was cooperative but it was a real and very scary hassle. And we live in a medium size town. Thieves of all stripes (pun intended) are everywhere!

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    They say in this report tho it is possible it is highly unlikely
    http://www.snopes.com/fraud/identity/pickpocket.asp
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    About two yrs ago, they showed on the news how easy it was to get acct numbers.
    They were walking down the crowded street in ny city and got a bunch of numbers.
    Its a shame that someone always has to use technology for its worse.

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