By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Seniors alerted to new credit card scam
Placeholder Image

The Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is calling attention to a new credit card scam in an effort to protect the state’s senior citizens.

Since December, hundreds of consumers nationwide have complained about seeing unauthorized charges on their credit and debit card accounts from a website they’ve never heard of - typically for $9.84.

Complainants say the unauthorized charges were listed as stemming from an unknown website–most commonly but also,,,,, and It is unknown how the scammers obtained their credit card information.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) sent out an alert in late January about the scam. The BBB suspects the small charges could be a trial balloon for other, bigger charges to come later. Some victims have already seen more than one charge, one for $9.84 and one for a few cents.

Contact your credit card company to report the activity and to cancel your credit card.

Contact your local police and/or sheriff department immediately to report this activity.

People should also file a complaint with both the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection Consumer Protection Hotline, 1-800-422-7128,   and the Federal Trade Commission (