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The citizens americans they should be on the lookout for a new scam involving unauthorized charges on behalf of fake Google ranging from 99 cents to $ 10, which appear on your bank statements, experts warned.
The scam was first discovered in October when Chase bank account holders reported seeing strange charges of $ 13.01 on your account statements.
It was always indicated that the Weird title was from Google, followed by the name of a company or person.
Dozens of other people told ABC15 that they also found false charges on their accounts.
Those amounts include charges of $ .99, $ 1.07, $ 5, $ 9.99, and more.
One victim, identified only as Matthew, who uses a local bank in Bastrop, Texas, said he found 13 transactions on his account for 99 cents each.
Other users have reported seeing the bogus charges on Walmart Money cards, CashApp accounts, and even government benefit accounts.
A Discover account user in Tulsa, Oklahoma said he found a series of $ 5 unauthorized charges on his account.
According to ABC, one person was able to get a $ 10 refund from Google for a disputed charge totaling $ 50.
In most cases, banks are reimbursing the money and issuing new cards to the victims of the scam.
However, an account holder told network user Joe Ducey that they had another bogus charge even after blocking his card.
One woman reported receiving a new card along with two new 88-cent charges.
One man also said he received more charges the day after his new card arrived.
“The low amount of money, it seems like they are testing my waters,” said a victim named Matthew, who has a background in law enforcement.
“Why are these financial institutions so quiet about it? That is the question of the day, “he added.
With the scam seemingly spreading beyond Chase bank account holders, experts say that all Americans should pay close attention to their bank and credit card statements in case they have unknowingly fallen victim to the same scheme.
Any problem or suspicious activity should be reported immediately to your bank.
Chase said any of its customers who have concerns about the scam or any other potentially bogus charges should visit the bank’s site.
“We encourage clients to check their accounts regularly for transactions they don’t recognize,” says Chase. “They will not be responsible for transactions that they did not authorize and for which they inform us immediately.”
Discover Bank said it did not believe the scam was currently a widespread problem.
“We offer multiple ways that Discover Bank customers can protect their accounts and our 100% US-based customer service teams are available 24/7 to assist and service any question or concern ”.
Those services include activating account alerts, which will show all charges via email, text message, and push notifications.
You can also freeze your debit card on the Discover app or website temporarily if you suspect fraudulent activity.