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Have you been charged $9.84? Scam is afoot, watchdog says

Better check your credit card statements, the Council of Better Business Bureau warns.

Stolen credit card numbers have made their way to scammers, and numerous victims have reported the same, strange amount charged to their accounts: $9.84.

Many people contacted Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter who made news with his scoops on the Target breach last month. On his blog KrebsOnSecurity, Krebs traces domains associated with the scam $9.84 charges and has determined that it’s “an elaborate (and probably successful) scam set up to steal little bits of money from lots and lots of people.”

What do you do if you find a similar unauthorized charge on your bill? Request a new card immediately, BBB advises. The scammers may start using a different amount now that the $9.84 alert is out, the bureau notes.

Read the rest of the business bureau’s advice here.

Find out more about the phony firms and domains that seem to be behind the scam at Krebs.

h/t CBS News



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