Notice A Strange $9.84 Charge On Your Card Lately? It May Be A Scam

January 29, 2014  |  

Time to check your credit card bill more closely. If you see a mysterious charge for $9.84 at any point over the last few months, your card info may have been stolen by fraudsters, reports the Huffington Post.

The Better Business Bureau recently issued a fraud alert, telling people to examine bank statements for “unexplained charges of $9.84.”

“Scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money,” according to the alert. “Recent victims were all charged $9.84, but scammers may change that amount as word gets out. The expectation is that many cardholders won’t notice the relatively small charge, and the credit card companies won’t go after such a minor sum.”

The fraud was discovered by former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs, reported CBS News. The scam has hit at least several hundred consumers.

Krebs currently runs an investigative blog called KrebsOnSecurity and he suggests the scam may have come “from an elaborate network of affiliate schemes that stretch from Cyprus to India and the United Kingdom.”

The phony charges are linked to a list of websites, and while they increased over the holiday season, Krebs writes the scammers may have “been at it since at least the first half of 2013.”

So if you see an unauthorized $9.84 charge on your credit or debit card, alert your bank right away.

“I think it’s also a good idea in cases like this to request a new card in the odd chance your bank doesn’t offer it,” Krebs writes. “After all, it’s a good bet that your card is in the hands of crooks, and is likely to be abused like this again.”

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