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Foiled by foil: The latest weapon in credit card theft

A Christie's employee stands amongst Kader Attia's aluminium foil sculptures entitled 'Ghost.'

This final note comes by way of Businessweek:

The FBI says criminals have found a new way to use stolen credit cards. They scale the roof of a store and wrap aluminum foil around antennas. Stores use antennas to communicate with credit card companies. That foil blocks the transmission, which means stores can't verify whether a card is legit or stolen. 

Businesses figure the connection's down temporarily, which happens every once in a while, and approve the transaction.

By the time a business finds out what the card was stolen, the criminals are long gone with the merchandise they bought and the stores ... are on the hook.

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David Gura is a reporter for Marketplace, based in the Washington, D.C. bureau.

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