BBC News - Contactless 'charging errors' at M&S
Contactless payment is coming to a wallet near you. You may have it already, but I haven't seen it in use in Ireland yet. In the UK M&S' contactless paypoints are accused of charging the wrong cards, cards in your bag, etc.
Its supposed to only work if you put the card near the till, but it seems it can accidentally find the card, and charge it (without entering a pin) at much greater distances.
If this is possible accidentally, it is surely possible for criminals to mug you contactlessly. No pin, no receipt, no record.
It reminds me of those RFID chips in passports which can allow tech-savvy criminals to steal identities of people as they walk past. Of course, if your identity is stolen, you may never know. It never appears in your bank balance - no statement will highlight it.
There is protection available. Several companies sell RF shielded wallets and handbags which prevent remote access to your cashcards.
Surely contactless payment is just a fundamentally bad idea.