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Check Your Credit Card Statements for a Charge of $9.84

By    |   Friday, 31 January 2014 07:13 AM

Credit card fraud is the talk of the town. In recent months, the Target and Neiman Marcus fiasco has kept consumers on their toes, monitoring account information daily and even adding protective alerts on credit card activities.

If you come across an unexpected charge for $9.84, you could be a victim of the latest fraud scam, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). 

According to a CBS News report, the BBB's ears were burning with complaints all reporting the same petty charge for $9.84.

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The culprit disguises itself as a business that provides "customer support" and is a generic landing page. The website says it will "refund 100% of your last payment," but "don't take the scammers at their word," the BBB insists.

The fraud relies on consumer carelessness, explains a former Washington Post reporter in his investigative blog called KrebsOnSecurity. These minor charges often go unnoticed in contrast with larger charges that typically send up red flags.

As the Target breach heightened consumer's awareness, the charges were easily noticed and reported promptly. Krebs investigated 230 related websites and linked the fraud to a handful of individuals operating in London, India and Cyprus.

If you come across a $9.84 charge, call the card issuer immediately to dispute the charge and place a fraud alert on your card, the BBB suggests. In addition, request a new card.

If your credit card has been compromised, Krebs predicts that it "is likely to be abused like this again."

The Federal Trade Commission offers information on how to place a fraud alert on your credit file. Of the three credit bureaus, you need only report the fraud to one as the other two will be alerted on your behalf.

The bottom line is to stay alert and report any unusual activity, large or small as soon as it is noticed.

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