The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and
Consumer Protection is warning credit card consumers
about recent widespread scams involving small fraudulent
charges easily overlooked by cardholders.
said Thursday that a consumer complained about an
unexpected charge of about $13 on his credit card from
an unfamiliar company.
fraudulent charge included a foreign transaction fee of
$0.37. This situation is similar to another recent scam,
where consumers worldwide found unauthorized charges of
$9.84 on their monthly credit card statements.
“Scammers hope that consumers will overlook the small
charge on their monthly statements or not review the
statements at all," said Sandy Chalmers, state
administrator of trade and consumer protection. "Report
unauthorized charges immediately to minimize your
Consumers should closely review their monthly
statements. If an unauthorized charge appears on a
statement, immediately contact the financial provider
(using the number on the back of the credit card) to
report the fraud and request a new card.
According to the DATCP, there are several steps you can
take to protect your credit account and to lessen the
potential for fraudulent activity in your accounts. Some
tips to consider include:
not give your account number to anyone on the phone
unless you made the call to a company you know to be
Carry your cards separately from your wallet to minimize
your losses if someone steals your wallet or purse. Only
carry the card you need for that outing.
your eye on your card during a transaction. Make sure
you get it back before you walk away.
Never sign a blank receipt. Draw a line through any
blank spaces above the total.
your receipts to compare with your statement.
your bills promptly - or check them online often - and
reconcile them with the purchases you have made.
Report any questionable charges to the card issuer.
Notify your card issuer if your address changes or if
you will be traveling.
additional information or to file a complaint, visit the
Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, send
an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Consumer
Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.