If you see a $9.84 charge on your credit card statement, you should give it a hard look, the Better Business Bureau is warning.
BBB says scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small
amount of money, and many recent victims were charged $9.84. The
scammers believe many cardholders won't notice the relatively small
charge, and the credit card companies won't aggressively investigate
such a minor sum.
The bureau does not connect the scam to the
security breach involving more than 100 million Target customers. But
some experts say credit card owners are reviewing their charges more
closely and discovering the scam.
The BBB says that for the $9.84
scam, the source listed on the credit card bill is an unfamiliar website
that turns out to be 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 e-mail address.
BBB says victims report calling the "customer support" site and
receiving verbal confirmation that the charge would be canceled.
take the scammers at their word," the BBB says in a statement. The
bureau suggests that you 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," the bureau says.
Krebs, in his blog Krebs on Security, says he heard about the scam
from a number of readers who "wondered whether this was the result of
the Target breach; I suppose I asked for this, having repeatedly advised
readers to keep a close eye on their bank statements for bogus
Krebs says it isn't clear how the credit card
numbers are being stolen in the U.S., but that the fraud appears to stem
from "an elaborate network of affiliate schemes that stretch from
Cyprus to India and the United Kingdom."