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Jan 292014
 

BBB-logoWith this new con, scammers are banking on the fact that many consumers don’t check their credit card statements all that carefully. Don’t fall for it. Review your recent statements for unexplained charges of $9.84 and contest them with your bank or credit card issuer (call the number on the back of your card).

How the Scam Works:   

You spot a recent strange charge of $9.84 on your credit card statement. The source listed on your bill is an unfamiliar website. You check out the web address, and it’s not the business website. It’s a generic landing page that claims to offer “Customer Support.” The text promises to “refund 100% of your last payment” and provides a phone number and email address.

What’s going on here? Scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money.  (Recent victims were all charged $9.84, but scammers may change that amount as word gets out.) The expectation is that many cardholders won’t notice the relatively small charge, and the credit card companies won’t go after such a minor sum.

Victims report calling the “customer support” site and receiving verbal confirmation that the charge would be canceled.  However, don’t take the scammers at their word. Contact your bank to report the charges and request a new credit card. Your card card information has been compromised, and it’s likely scammers will be back for more.

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