Your Inactive Credit Card Account Could Be A Target For Fraud

Even if you have accounts you don’t use on a regular basis, you could still become a victim of credit card fraud. Donald E. Kagarise did. His AARP Visa credit card hadn’t been used since 2007 when suddenly he got a bill for $200 with charges from the site Shutterfly.

He immediately called Visa, and they closed his account and opened a brand new one, erasing the charges in the process. Kargarise has filed a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Kargarise is not alone in this problem. In both Frederick and Winchester counties in Northern VA, there have been a number of reports of credit and debit card fraud, many linked to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

It’s hard to tell exactly what has caused the fraud at this stage of the investigation, but experts suggest carefully watching all of your card accounts to avoid any type of fraud and reporting any suspicious activity immediately.


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