Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Your credit card has been charged $234.65 for "laundry service."
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: There's nothing subtle here, just an outrageously transparent attempt to scam people into divulging their credit card information by conning them into believing they've been charged $234.65 for some type of transaction associated with money laundering or child pornography. (The hook is that if the recipient falls for the scam, even if he selects "No" he still believes he has to type in his credit card information so the scammers will know which card not to charge.)
This "laundry" scam was originally spammed to many inboxes back in August 2003. It made another appearance in September 2003 with different contacts listed at the bottom:
icq: 181184; firstname.lastname@example.org - Err0r32;Since an earlier "joe job" directed at the web site DarkProfits was also amended to include the carderportal.com domain name in September 2003, the resurrection of this scam appears to be more of an attempt to cause trouble for the target domain than a real effort to collect credit card information. Some of these
icq: 106561; email@example.com - Fidel
Either way, the best approach to this type of message is to simply delete it — don't respond to it, and don't under any circumstances fill out the fields with valid credit card information. If you're truly concerned that unauthorized charges may have been placed on one of your credit cards, contact the credit card company directly.
Last updated: 6 January 2008
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