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Consumer Alert: Watch Out for Credit Card Cramming

"Cramming" is the process of billing customers for unauthorized purchases. This problem has been widely reported with regard to charges included on local telephone bills from third-party vendors, but reports are now occurring that this is happening with credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard.

There are at least two scenarios reported with regard to credit card cramming:

Although this article refers to "credit card" cramming, the account to which these charges are made could just as easiliy be a debit card, or possibly even a checking account.

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Updated March 9, 1999