(a)        A person is guilty of financial transaction card theft when the person does any of the following:

(1)        Takes, obtains, or withholds a financial transaction card from the person, possession, custody, or control of another without the cardholder‘s consent and with the intent to use it; or who, with knowledge that it has been so taken, obtained, or withheld, receives the financial transaction card with intent to use it or to sell it, or to transfer it to a person other than the issuer or the cardholder.

(2)        Receives a financial transaction card that he or she knows to have been lost, mislaid, or delivered under a mistake as to the identity or address of the cardholder, and retains possession with intent to use it or to sell it or to transfer it to a person other than the issuer or the cardholder.

(3)        Not being the issuer, sells a financial transaction card or buys a financial transaction card from a person other than the issuer.

(4)        Not being the issuer, during any 12-month period, receives financial transaction cards issued in the names of two or more persons which he or she has reason to know were taken or retained under circumstances that constitute a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-113.13(a)(3) and subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of this section.

(5)        With the intent to defraud any person, either (i) uses a scanning device to access, read, obtain, memorize, or store, temporarily or permanently, information encoded on another person’s financial transaction card, or (ii) receives the encoded information from another person’s financial transaction card.

(6)        Knowingly possesses, sells, or delivers a skimming device. The prohibition set forth in this subdivision does not apply to an employee, officer, or agent of any of the following while acting within the scope of the person’s official duties:

a.         A law enforcement agency.

b.         A State or federal court.

c.         An agency or department of the State, local, or federal government.

d.         A financial or retail security investigator employed by a merchant.

(b)        Financial transaction card theft is punishable as provided by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-113.17(b). ?(1967, c. 1244, s. 2; 1979, c. 741, s. 1; c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1; c. 179, s. 14; 2002-175, s. 3; 2021-68, s. 2; 2021-88, s. 2.)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 14-113.9

  • Cardholder: means the person or organization named on the face of a financial transaction card to whom or for whose benefit the financial transaction card is issued by an issuer. See North Carolina General Statutes 14-113.8
  • Financial Transaction Card: "Financial transaction card" or "FTC" means any instrument or device whether known as a credit card, credit plate, bank services card, banking card, check guarantee card, debit card, or by any other name, issued with or without fee by an issuer for the use of the cardholder:

    a. See North Carolina General Statutes 14-113.8

  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of a statute, shall be construed to mean the section next preceding or next following that in which such reference is made; unless when some other section is expressly designated in such reference. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3
  • Issuer: means the business organization or financial institution or its duly authorized agent which issues a financial transaction card. See North Carolina General Statutes 14-113.8
  • Receives: "Receives" or "receiving" means acquiring possession or control or accepting a financial transaction card as security for a loan. See North Carolina General Statutes 14-113.8
  • Scanning device: means a scanner, reader, or any other device that is used to access, read, scan, obtain, memorize, or store, temporarily or permanently, information encoded on a financial transaction card. See North Carolina General Statutes 14-113.8
  • Skimming Device: A self-contained device that (i) is designed to read and store in the device's internal memory information encoded on the computer chip, magnetic strip or stripe, or other storage mechanism of a financial transaction card or from another device that directly reads the information from a financial transaction card and (ii) is incapable of processing the financial transaction card information for the purpose of obtaining, purchasing, or receiving goods, services, money, or anything else of value from a merchant. See North Carolina General Statutes 14-113.8
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories, so called; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3