Law:Title 11. Personal Identity Information. Subtitle B. Identity Theft from Chapter 522. Identity Theft By Electronic Device (Texas)

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Subtitle B. Identity Theft

Chapter 522. Identity Theft By Electronic Device

Section 522.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Payment card" means a credit card, debit card, check card, or other card that is issued to an authorized user to purchase or obtain goods, services, money, or any other thing of value.

(2)  "Re-encoder" means an electronic device that can be used to transfer encoded information from a magnetic strip on a payment card onto the magnetic strip of a different payment card.

(3)  "Scanning device" means an electronic device used to access, read, scan, or store information encoded on the magnetic strip of a payment card.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 885, Sec. 2.01, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 522.002.  Offense; Penalty.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person uses a scanning device or re-encoder to access, read, scan, store, or transfer information encoded on the magnetic strip of a payment card without the consent of an authorized user of the payment card and with intent to harm or defraud another.

(b)  An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

(c)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section or the other law.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 885, Sec. 2.01, eff. April 1, 2009.


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