Another website has made news in the Palm Beach Post today for using deceptive tactics to run unauthorized credit card charges. Changemyaddress.com, a site designed to mirror USPS.com, the website of the United States Postal Service, charged Paul Mojzes, a part-time resident of Palm Beach Gardens, over $50 in unauthorized charges.
Mojzes found three charges for $19.95 each when he was reviewing his monthly credit card statement. He then called ChangeMyAddress.com using the information he found on a bill he received from the company, asking how the charges occurred and demanding they be refunded.
According to Mojzes, he received a "very evasive answer" offering to remove two out of the three charges - none of which were authorized by Mozjes.
The credit card company willingly cancelled his card after they were contacted and will reissue a new one.
A quick Google search for "USPS change my address" shows that changemyaddress.com is not the only culprit.
Unfortunately, Mojzes' case is not the only one. Billions of people flock to sites such as RipoffReport.com and ComplaintsBoard.com to post rants about similar "scams" from "illegitimate" websites.
Although these sites may be considered fraudulent by some, the truth is that in most cases, no illegal activities have occurred. While it can be infuriating to have unauthorized charges from a website that used deceptive tactics, it is up to consumers practice scrutiny and cautious discrimination when using their credit cards or sharing any other personal information over the Internet.