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Comment: GOOD MORNING TO ALL. YESTERDAY MY WIFE POINTED OUT TO ME A
$0.01 CHARGE ON OUR CREDIT CARD TO LOWELLAREA.COM WITH A TELEPHONE NUMBER.
I CALLED THE NUMBER AND THERE IS A MESSAGE TO ACCESS THE WEB SITE. I DID
THAT AND LEARNED THAT OVER 50,000 CARDS HAD BEEN CHARGED THE .01 AND THAT
IT IS A PRELUDE TO YOUR ACCOUNT BEING COMPROMISED AND POSSIBLE YOUR CREDIT
BEING ACCESSED. I HAVE PRINTED BELOW THE WARNING FROM LOWELLAREA.COM

Please Note:

You may have been charged .01 cents from LowellArea.com or other companies
on the internet. This is because someone has access to your credit/debit
card number and has been using virtual credit card terminal like
LowellArea.com to verify if your credit/debit card is active by charging
your credit/debit cart .01 cent.

If you were charged .01 cent, it is highly suggested that you suspend your
credit/debit card immediately.

This identity fraud has effected over 50,000 credit/debit card holders
worldwide.

We are working hard to resolve this issue. After reporting the incident
with our local authorities, they have provided us with these helpful
number to report this issue. We suggest you use these phone numbers and
information to contact the proper authorities for your personal security.

Federal Trade Commission www.consumer.gov/idtheft
I.D. Hotline 1-877-idtheft (438-4338)
TDD 202-326-2502

Credit Bureaus
Equifax- www.equifax.com
1-800-685-1111

To report to the FBI agency please visit:
www.ic3.gov

**Place Fraud Alert on Credit Reports and Review Your Credit Report

we have reported this incident to the FBI as well as our local
authorities:

It is suggested that you contact your local authorities.

Because of the abundance of calls because of this issue we will have a
very difficult time returning your call.

Thank you,
LowellArea.com

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Well, the web site says what they say it says...

If I, personally, stole a credit card number, I think I'd probably just throw caution to the wind and charge whatever I wanted on it. It seems like pussyfooting around trying to find out if the card is active or not is just giving the card's legitimate owner time to figure out that they've had their number compromised.

I actually had this happen to me once. I noticed that there was a $1.00 charge on my credit card from a business that I had never been to and had no reason to go to. I called the credit card company in a panic and their response was that it was "probably a business trying to verify if I had funds" because apparently I wanted to buy something there. When I told the credit card company that no, I didn't want to buy something there and I had never given them my credit card number, I got kind of a verbal shrug and an "Oh well." Nothing ever came of it; the $1 eventually disappeared from my statement. I still don't know how whoever it was got my number, and I still get mad at the credit card company thinking about it.

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