A press release says an unfamiliar website is charging $9.84 to some credit cards. Credit card owners are urged to check their statements and contest any unexplained charges with your bank or credit card issuer (the number on the back of the card).
The Better Business Bureau says the scammers may change the amount once the public becomes more aware of the mysterious charges. Those involved are hoping cardholders won't notice the relatively small charge, and the credit card companies won't go after such a minor sum.
The Better Business Bureau offers these tips on reducing your risk of credit card fraud:
- Report lost cards and incorrect charges promptly. In the United States and Canada if your credit card is lost, stolen, or used without your permission, you may be responsible for up to $50. If you report the loss before the card is used, you're not responsible for any unauthorized charges. In addition, many cardholders are protected by zero liability policies set in place by credit card companies.
- Request a new card if you notice unauthorized charges. Fraudulent charges mean your card information has been compromised. Be on the safe side and request a new card.
- Never lend your card. And don't leave your cards, statements and receipts laying around your home, car or office.
- Never sign a blank charge slip. Draw lines through blank spaces on charge slips above the total so the amount can't be changed.
- Use caution when ordering online or over the phone. Always be cautious about disclosing your account number on the telephone or online unless you know the person you're dealing with represents a reputable company.
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