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How to Destroy a Metal Credit Card at Home

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How to Destroy a Metal Credit Card at Home

"Your metal credit card—at least, the one I’ve been using—isn’t embossed. It’s just two layers of plastic that have been adhered to a thin piece of metal. Accordingly, you can peel off these plastic layers and shred or destroy them without having to worry about the metal itself."

 

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Metal is so 5 minutes ago. Bring on the glass cards already!

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I'm used to Canadian (Chip + PIN) cards. If the card is compromised and cancelled by the issuer they're completely useless in Canada, even the cardholder wrote their PIN on the card and it's stolen.

 

When an American Chip and Signatured card is cancelled where/how could it be used?






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@RealityBites wrote:

I'm used to Canadian (Chip + PIN) cards. If the card is compromised and cancelled by the issuer they're completely useless in Canada, even the cardholder wrote their PIN on the card and it's stolen.

 

When an American Chip and Signatured card is cancelled where/how could it be used?


In addition to using the numbers on the card for a card-not-present transaction?

 

Anywhere that's still swipe-only (lots of places, sadly), assuming the account hasn't been issued a new number.

 

Also in most cases, failing a chip read three times (by, say, intentionally damaging the chip contacts) will allow a fallback to swipe.

 

Some issuers treat a fallback like that as an auto fraud-alert, some don't.

 

Some issuers (Amex and Discover, for instance) can distinguish different physical cards when swiped (so turning off individual cards actually works)... others have identical swipe data (even on AU cards).

 

(And a light-duty industrial or high-end office shedder handles metal cards just fine... also staples and large paperclips.  Just don't try binder/bulldog clips!)

 

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@iv wrote:

@RealityBites wrote:

I'm used to Canadian (Chip + PIN) cards. If the card is compromised and cancelled by the issuer they're completely useless in Canada, even the cardholder wrote their PIN on the card and it's stolen.

 

When an American Chip and Signatured card is cancelled where/how could it be used?


In addition to using the numbers on the card for a card-not-present transaction?

 

Anywhere that's still swipe-only (lots of places, sadly), assuming the account hasn't been issued a new number.

 

Also in most cases, failing a chip read three times (by, say, intentionally damaging the chip contacts) will allow a fallback to swipe.

 

Some issuers treat a fallback like that as an auto fraud-alert, some don't.

 

Some issuers (Amex and Discover, for instance) can distinguish different physical cards when swiped (so turning off individual cards actually works)... others have identical swipe data (even on AU cards).

 

(And a light-duty industrial or high-end office shedder handles metal cards just fine... also staples and large paperclips.  Just don't try binder/bulldog clips!)

 


It probably won't work on the Apple card to put it in the shredder. I watched that video of them shooting it with at .22 caliber bullet. It didn't go through it at all. The bullet just bounced off of the card. 😱

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@HighAchiever wrote:

It probably won't work on the Apple card to put it in the shredder. I watched that video of them shooting it with at .22 caliber bullet. It didn't go through it at all. The bullet just bounced off of the card. 😱


Eh... It wasn't secured well, and the card bounced out of the holder.  Try it with the card firmly anchored in place, and it would look like the average rural road sign.

 

But yeah, all home shredders and almost all office shredders would fail on that card.  But even fairly small industrial shredders would handle it just fine.

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@iv wrote:

@HighAchiever wrote:

It probably won't work on the Apple card to put it in the shredder. I watched that video of them shooting it with at .22 caliber bullet. It didn't go through it at all. The bullet just bounced off of the card. 😱


Eh... It wasn't secured well, and the card bounced out of the holder.  Try it with the card firmly anchored in place, and it would look like the average rural road sign.

 

But yeah, all home shredders and almost all office shredders would fail on that card.  But even fairly small industrial shredders would handle it just fine.


When I had to destroy my Amex Business Platinum card it was a nightmare. I had to bend it back and forth with a pliers approximately 30 or more times.

 

It was really solid.

 

There's no way I'd risk breaking a $500 shredder to destroy a closed credit card.

 

 


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@SouthJamaica wrote:

There's no way I'd risk breaking a $500 shredder to destroy a closed credit card.


$500 is a mid-range office shredder...

 

...this is a small/midsize industrial shredder: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MIE01E

 

Not something you'll have at home, no.  But if you have one in the office, go ahead and drop that card in - the shredder won't even notice.

 

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@iv wrote:

@SouthJamaica wrote:

There's no way I'd risk breaking a $500 shredder to destroy a closed credit card.


$500 is a mid-range office shredder...

 

...this is a small/midsize industrial shredder: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MIE01E

 

Not something you'll have at home, no.  But if you have one in the office, go ahead and drop that card in - the shredder won't even notice.

 


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