|With the advent of card readers for vending machines,|
scammers hit consumer's cards for small amount
transactions and hardly anyone even noticed...
PIN Debit News Blog: Major Credit Card Hack Starting?
- Dec 3, 2008 ... A company called Adele Services, based in Melville, N.Y., has been charging cards small amounts — 21 to 29 cents. Such charges are usually ...
Last night PC World provided more information on Adele Services. It seems that, according to the FTA, they stole about $10 million over four years. With the advent of card readers on vending machines, it's easy to lose track of small transaction purchases. That's why, according to the article below, out of 1.35 million credit cards tapped into, only a little over 70,000 even noticed.
- Robert McMillan – Sun Jun 27, 8:30 pm ETThe U.S. has disrupted a long-running online scam that allowed offshore fraudsters to steal millions of dollars from U.S. consumers -- often by taking just pennies at a time. The scam, which had been run for about four years, according to the, provides a case lesson in how many of the online services used to lubricate business in the 21st century can equally be misused for fraud. "It was a very patient scam," said Steve Wernikoff, a staff attorney with the FTC who is prosecuting the case. "The people who are behind this are very meticulous." <<Read More>>According to the FTC, the fraudsters charged 1.35 million credit cards a total of $9.5 million, but only 78,724 of these fake charges were ever noticed. Typically they floated just one charge per card number, billing on behalf of made-up business names such as Adele Services or Bartelca LLC.