Your credit card has been successfully charged

  Woodpecker23 14:36 12 Mar 2004

I recently received an email saying that my credit card had been successfully charged for $69.99 for the purchase of Viagra. I had placed no such order and no credit card name or number was specified. I contacted the CC Companies who all said no such amount had been requested and that I was covered for recovery of monies if they did unsolicited by me.
I received another email today thanking me for the purchase of kitchenware from a website that I had never heard of. Again no CC No. or name given or amount specified. I don't wish to have to make repeated phone calls to report these infuriating assertions. Is this a scam that is proliferating and should I be worried about it?

  seedie 14:47 12 Mar 2004

You can worry about if you wish but it won't do any good.
I've done quite a few transactions on tne 'net with CCs and never had an email like that. even if your card has been skimmmed and used fraudulently do you think they'd email to tell you?

It seems to be a way of telling whether your email address is active or not; ignore it and all other spam you get, these people need a response to make spamming worthwhile.

Good luck


  johnnyrocker 14:49 12 Mar 2004

send them to [email protected] whatever the isp is


  seedie 14:49 12 Mar 2004

You can get Viagra on NHS :)

  medicine hat 14:51 12 Mar 2004

I doubt WOODPECKER requires Viagra ;-)

  edstowe 14:56 12 Mar 2004

"I doubt WOODPECKER requires Viagra ;-)"

Probably where the moniker came from;-))))

Don't answer any of these e-mails. They are designed to cause you concern and hope that the victim will reply thus confirming they have a real email address and contact.

It is very unlikely your credit card will be charged with anything as the originators of these mailshots don't have your card number. Even if you were charged, your credit card company will sort things out for you and will also be very interested in the people who are doing this.


  seedie 15:04 12 Mar 2004

It's Friday afternoon again. I've made an early start by pouring myself a stiff one.

Nice to see you back Ed, where's Bodi?

  Stuartli 15:14 12 Mar 2004

Better to make the odd phone call to ensure that these are not what they seem than have to going to the trouble of sorting something out...

Could be that someone has found your credit card number (unlikely), perhaps on a discarded receipt, and is trying to use it. However most retailers now only list the final four or five digits on a receipt and use xxx for the remainder.

One puzzle - why did you have to contact your CC companies? Do you have several cards?

  Woodpecker23 15:21 12 Mar 2004

Thanks everyone. I'll ignore these messages if they occur again.

Yes, more than one.

  fitshase 15:22 12 Mar 2004

Even if someone managed to get a hold of your credit card details, how would the company selling the goods get your e-mail address from your credit card details.

The e-mail you have is spam and is designed to get a response to show the spammer that your e-mail address is a "real" one and is valid. Once you reply, you will be inundated with spam.



  ©®@$? 15:25 12 Mar 2004

the words seedie,woodpecker and viagra

ahh that brings back memories


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