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Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby knapplc » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:00 pm

Looks like someone is having some fun with credit cards:

Several Internet complaint boards are filled with comments from credit card customers from coast to coast who have noticed a mysterious charge for about 25 cents on their statements.

The charge shows up on statements as coming from "Adele Services" in Melville, N.Y. There is no business by that name listed in Melville, or registered to any business anywhere in New York, for that matter.

Two theories of what is going on have advanced on message boards and among consumer advocates: Someone is trying to find out whether an illegally obtained credit card number will work before making a bigger charge, or they're trying to rip off tiny amounts from tons of people.

The latter theory has more credibility at the moment. The Better Business Bureau in Louisville reports that, at least so far, those who have been hit with the small charge have yet to get slammed with a bigger charge. The bureau speculates that the number of possible victims could be in the millions.


I'm going to have to check my credit card...

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Re: Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:18 pm

That is interesting... Thanks! ;-D
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Re: Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby Tavish » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:44 pm

I have my own theory. I think there are a bunch of people who bought a pornsite trial membership and are trying to deny it.
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Postby StlSluggers » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:52 pm

I don't know what you're talking about. :-o :-o :-o
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Re: Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby Art Vandelay » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:55 pm

These guys are smart for going after high volume but a small charge. Most people (like myself) probably don't think placing a call to the credit card company is worth getting a $0.25 charge removed.
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Re: Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:01 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:These guys are smart for going after high volume but a small charge. Most people (like myself) probably don't think placing a call to the credit card company is worth getting a $0.25 charge removed.

I wish I could say I wouldn't... :-/
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Re: Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:32 pm

Pretty clever. Very few would notice it, or care about it. No one would be effected by it so why would anyone investigate?
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Re: Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby Amazinz » Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:14 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
Art Vandelay wrote:These guys are smart for going after high volume but a small charge. Most people (like myself) probably don't think placing a call to the credit card company is worth getting a $0.25 charge removed.

I wish I could say I wouldn't... :-/

LOL. I have fought with the phone company for less. On principle. }:-)
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Postby jlm53089 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:15 pm

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Re: Weird credit card issue that could affect you

Postby jfg » Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:26 pm

Has anybody ever had their paypal account hacked? It happened to me yesterday, luckily only for 55 bucks. Anybody have any horror stories and better yet advice on what to do? I changed my account and everything.
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