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Consumer Alert: Credit card double-billing

MADISON (WKOW) -- The consumer magazine Consumer Reports ran a warning on its online blog this week telling readers to be extra careful when paying their credit card bills.

It's a good time for the warning, since many consumers will be tracking their bills closely since the new federal credit card rules took effect on Monday.

The magazine warns you about so-called "stereo charges," when a merchant bills you twice in quick succession for the same charge.

For example, you might get billed $7.19 for a trip to McDonald's and then another $7.19 a few moments later.

This is probably the result of a swipe error and most credit card companies have mechanisms to catch the problem before it ever hits your statement.

But sometimes they get passed the checks.

To read the Consumer Reports article, click here.

 

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