Boston Globe article: Mysterious credit card charge may have hit millions of users

Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: Personal Finance, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Mysterious credit card charge may have hit millions of users

By Mitch Lipka Globe Correspondent / January 11, 2009

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.

Take a look at your credit card statements, and if the charge is there, don’t let it slide. It’s what the thieves want you to do. Instead, file a dispute with your credit card company, and lodge complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov) and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) – which is run by the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Federal law enforcement officials tend to react when the complaints reach a certain volume.

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