18 most popular things fraudsters buy with your credit card

When you’re scanning your credit card statement this holiday season, there are certain types of purchases you might want to keep an eye out for.

In a sampling of nearly 3 million attempted fraudulent transactions over the last six months, the San Francisco-based sales fraud detection company Forter created a list of the top items it found fraudsters purchase with other people’s credit cards.

Criminals these days have plenty of options to steal credit card information: For example, they can hack retailers, place skimmers on ATMs or gas pumps, and — if they don’t have hacking skills — buy your information on the black market for just a few dollars.
Bill Zielke, chief marketing officer at Forter, says credit card thieves make functional purchases. Pizza and Red Bull are good late-night fuel for part-time criminals who stay up in search of ways to hack into retailers’ websites, he says.

Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/18-most-popular-things-fraudsters-buy-with-your-credit-card-2015-11-24

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