At Taber Extrusions, we’re a major proponent of being creative when it comes to aluminum. Lightweight, strong, and flexible, it’s the perfect material for do-it-yourselfers and artists alike.
But credit card fraud? First off, we don’t recommend doing anything illegal. Second, we don’t have any idea where these men (appropriately from Jupiter, Florida) got the idea for their shenanigans. From WPTV.com:
Jupiter Police are investigating an attempted fraud at a Jupiter gas station Saturday afternoon.
Thieves allegedly used aluminum foil to try to get away with free merchandise.
Employees at the BP gas station on Indiantown Road say two men helped each other climb up the back of the gas station to get to the roof.
The men then targeted the satellite dishes that were once used to transmit credit card transactions.
The thieves covered the sensors on the dishes with aluminum foil with the goal of making bad or maxed out credit cards process, and be approved.
Little did the thieves know, the satellite dishes are no longer active.
Aluminum foil to disrupt satellite transmissions of encrypted credit card data – we might need to call in the Mythbusters to give us definitive proof that this wouldn’t work, but somehow, we think that the perpetrators don’t exactly have a degree in material science or electrical engineering.