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An Urban Legend About RFID

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Snopes.com debunks an urban legend that suggests Mondex and Motorola are planning to replace money with RFID chips in people’s heads and hands.

If the legend weren’t so laughable, the idea of implanting a chip to replace carrying around money or credit cards might actually be intriguing. But of course, it is not true.

Snopes.com is a site that exposes and debunks “urban legends.”

So what’s all the fuss about? According to Snopes.com:

    “March 2004 saw the latest iteration of a form of conspiracy theory that attempts to tie automated systems related to financial transactions to the “mark of the beast” prophesied in Chapter 13 of the New Testament’s book of Revelation….”

The perpetrators of this urban legend claim that two companies — Mondex, which is a subsidiary of MasterCard, and Motorola — are supposedly planning to implant RFID biochips in people’s heads and right hands.

They further claim that by choosing the head and the right hand, areas of unique significance according to the Bible’s Revelation 13, the companies will be marking people with the mark of the devil (“mark of the beast”).


As the legend goes, “real money will be insecure in the general market. There is only one solution to this problem embraced by MOTOROLA… implanting the biochip in the right hand or the head, where it cannot be removed. If it is removed by surgery, the small capsule will burst and the individual will be contaminated with Lithium and the chemical in the microbacteria, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) will detect if it was removed, and will alert the authorities.”

Double hmmm. (And if YOU can follow the garbled science in this last quote, let me know.)

Well, as you might imagine, none of this is accurate.

The Snopes.com report lays out a clear case that debunks this urban legend. It turns out that the perpetrators of this myth have confused a number of unrelated issues, and twisted them to foster a religious fundamentalist point of view.

This post originally appeared at The RFID Weblog.

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  • MV

    No matter what or how it happens, the prophicies is Revelation 13, as well as the rest of the Bible have/will occur. To the “unbelievers”, sceptics, secular, or people hiding sin and too afraid or stuborn to come clean, ideas like these will look appealing and harmless, as a way of protecting us (security). Believers understand that these “harmless” innovations have the hideous face of the beast hiding behind their beautiful packages. However or whenever; these prophicies WILL come to pass.

  • secret agenda in place

    Terrorism is manufactured by the elite of the world. Their goal is to attain total control of the factors of the world including the world’s population. Fear is one of the most powerful elements and you can manipulate flocks with controlling their fear element. so terrorism does this for the elite. There’s certain goals they have to accomplish.
    This will come in baby steps. Firstly they are looking towards making cash extinct so that the birth of the cashless society takes place. When this is done we will all have a national ID that contains a microchip with all of our information including SIN and driver’s liscense. and it will act as our bank card for Electronic money transfer. The world will be safer because crime will be detectable because human tracking will be possible via GPS. when ppl start losing their cards which equals their lives they will move towards making the injectible microchip under your skin mandatory and the mass media will do a lot of the persuasion by praising its benifits.
    You will not be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast warns the new testament bible which was written about 2000 years ago. We are living the first signs of the end of times that was foretold. people are already getting microchipped as a result of 911. We are living in orwellian times no doubt.

  • brush off your tin foil hat. this is coming