Aluminum Foil Used in Credit Card Fraud

October 8, 2013, Written By Natalie Rutledge

Of all the ways we use aluminum foil, you’d never expect someone to turn it into a tool for credit card fraud. Nevertheless, some criminals in Kansas City have discovered that covering satellites with aluminum foil can help them spend unlimited amounts of money on stolen credit cards.

A number of businesses have satellites on their roofs that communicate with credit card processing centers. These centers let businesses know if someone has reached his card limit or has a card with suspicious charges on it. Thus, by blocking the satellite, the crooks prevent the stores from stopping their unlawful purchases.

The thieves in Kansas City are mainly targeting small businesses with the aluminum foil because businesses with large volume transactions are more likely to catch on to the problem. In one of the known incidents of foil wrapping, a thief used a fraudulent credit card to buy $1,665 worth of cigarettes from a neighborhood business.

Kansas City police have shared images of their discovery with other police departments to ensure this problem doesn’t spread quickly. However, it is safe to assume that the small handful of thieves here are not the only ones to discover this simple, yet effective, scamming technique.



The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 8, 2013. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


About Natalie Rutledge

Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor to various entities. Natalie can be contacted directly at [email protected]
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