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Credit card fraud is nothing new, but the amount of fraudulent
claims is. More major retailers are reporting security break-ins. There is
another new claim to be aware of and it entails a small charge to your credit
or debit card of $9.84.
Forbes Living TV learns that the Better Business Bureau
issued a fraud alert for consumers who see the above small charge show up on
credit and debit account statements. It will often appear with the wording “customer
support” or identify itself as any number of different websites. If you see the
charge on your account, call the card issuer and report the charge as fraud.
The investigative blog KrebsOnSecurity, the first one to
notice this type of fraud, dug into the $9.84 charge and found that it led them
through a maze of more than 230 websites stemming from London,
India and Cyprus.
As we have mentioned before, monitor all credit and debit
account statements regularly for charges – no matter the dollar amount. As was
the case this time, the small charge is the first sign of credit/debit card
fraud. Thieves will often charge small amounts to test the card first, before
trying to charge something major to it. Forbes Living TV encourages readers to
be vigilant about their financial accounts. Be proactive when using cards in
stores. Switch buying purchases from a PIN request to a signature request. This
is more secure than quickly keying in a four digit PIN. Be aware. Be alert. And
report anything suspicious.