Were You Charged $9.84? Beware of Fraud - WBAY

Were You Charged $9.84? Beware of Fraud

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Nine dollars and 84 cents.  It's the amount officials say you should be on the lookout for on your credit card statements.

If you find that charge from an unknown source you could be a victim of credit card fraud.

It's not clear how widespread the fraud is but the Better Business Bureau says a large number of accounts might be compromised.  The BBB says the amount of the transaction is part of the reason some may not even know they are victims, 

"They're hoping to charge just small amounts of money on your credit card hoping that your not going to be checking your credit card and you'll never notice, and if they do that to a hundred thousand consumers that's a pretty nice pay day for them," said Susan Bach of the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin. 

 The charges are attributed to generic looking web sites which claim to offer customer support services.

"In addition to it is they're hoping that for credit card companies it's too small of a dollar amount for them to investigate," said cyber security expert Curt Esser of Esser Consulting, LLC. 

Esser says it's one reason people should be paying close attention to their bank statements.

If a charge looks suspicious he says it should be disputed with the bank right away and a replacement card issued.

So far the local branch of the Better Business Bureau hasn't reported any victims, but other branches across the country haven't been as lucky. The exact number of breached accounts is unclear.

Bach said,"I think in today's world we're your credit card number is floating out there in cyber space it's pretty hard to prevent this kind of freud, but the best thing we can do is just stay on top of it."

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