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Credit Card Fraud - TWX*IIA AIM CALL OUT
2/28/2008 4:09:00 PM

For the first time in my life, I've had to cancel a credit card.  I've always been quite careful with my privacy, and I've never had a problem in the past.  Today I noticed a transaction on my credit card from "TWX*IIA AIM CALL OUT". I didn't recognize it.  I decided to call my credit card provider (Chase) to see if they had any additional information.  The team at Chase was quite helpful.  They told me that TWX is affiliated with AOL.  Apparently they deal in magazines and internet phone services.  As far as I'm concerned, it's all a scam.

Strangely enough, the team from Chase also told me that I had pending charges from iTunes.  That's interesting, as I don't use iTunes.  One charge could be a coincidence, two is fraud.

The gracious folks at Chase cancelled my card, and a new one is on the way.  I'm just posting this in the hopes that Google will index it, and it might be of help to someone else. 

Posted By Emiel, Wednesday, April 23, 2008 3:54:00 AM
This story is only remotely related to the topic at hand, but I thought I'd write it here anyway...

A while back I got a PayPal phishing email and it nearly had me fooled. I was not using my home computer, but my webmail somewhere else and the email in question didn't go into my spam folder. It asked me to sign in to check an unusual PayPal payment. By some stroke of luck, I didn't click on any of the links in the email but typed the url by hand. It was only later that I read that this is the way to go.
I always thought I'd easily recoqnize bogus emails, but I found it a bit worrying that I was nearly tricked into giving my password. It made me think about/realize that there are definite vulnerabilities in internet payments and that I needed to be more careful.