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Consumer Alert!

Just got a call from a friend of mine with a weird charge on her bank account. It shows up on her bank statement as "Source Limited" and charged her $9.60. She put the company name in Google and it looks like she's not alone.

I've had this happen to me before, and if you buy anything online, I'm sure you have too. If you're unlucky like me, you didn't notice for four months and it was a real bitch trying to dispute the charges.

Most of the time these companies are legit, but use some deceptive tactic to get your credit card number. They claim you subscribed to their debt protection service, ringtone downloads, etc. just by clicking on some link or checking a box while you were checking out.

Then there are the companies that are simply fronts for credit card theft. Attorney generals in several states have ongoing investigations into these companies.

Either way, I'm convinced there is a special place in hell for the operators of these scam artists.

So check your statements for this Source Limited company (it looks like several Florida people have been affected) and check with your bank or credit card company on how to get the charges off your account. (Some tips here.)

Anyone else have similar stories?

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