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St. Petersburg, Florida - If you had any doubt that someone could steal your credit card numbers by simply walking past you, a few minutes with Walt Augustinowicz will probably chance your mind.

"Wow that is crazy. It kind of makes me nervous," said Reina Monsour after watching one of Augustinowicz's demonstrations.

"Technology is getting scarier and scarier," added Ivan Marik after watching another demonstration.

By simply using a credit card scanner attached to a battery pack, Augustinowicz shows how easy it is to grab sensitive information from an unsuspecting person.

"If I just get kind of close to (a person's) back pocket or purse, where ever their wallet is, I can read their credit card numbers, expiration date, actually the whole tracking data," Augustinowicz said.

The founder of Identity Stronghold, Augustinowicz says cards with a RFID or Radio Frequency Identification chip in them send out a signal that can be picked up by someone with a scanner.

"Probably 98% of the people have no idea that these (RFID) cards are in circulation and there is 100-million of them already out there now and in the next 2 years every single card is going to have it," Augustinowicz said.

To prevent being a victim of an electronic pickpocketer Augustinowicz's company sells credit card sleeves and wallets with a protecting shielding metal.

"People have to be made aware of it because it's easy to protect yourself," he said.

For more information on the items sold by Identity Stronghold visit their website or call 1-800-610-2770.


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