Stopping digital pickpockets: contactless credit cards face fraud risk

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MONTREAL – They’re easy to use. But the information inside? Easy to lose.

As more consumers buy things by waving their credit or debit card or cellphone at a payment terminal — no PIN, no signature, no contact — a new frontier has opened up for digital thieves.

With something as simple as a downloaded freeware app, hackers can place their phone near your wallet or phone and get your name and basic card data immediately, without you knowing. 

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