OMAHA(KPTM)-If you use your cards a lot, you might be used to unusual totals, but if you find a charge for $9.84 on your statement, it could be a red flag that you've been the target of a scam.
The Better Business Bureau put out a warning last week that scammers were using that total to bill consumers for bogus charges.
That kind of theft is something Don Leu from Consumer Credit Counseling services says can cost you in more ways than just one. "It can have a tremendous impact on your credit score in a number of ways. Obviously if you're not paying attention to what's being charged on your account, it can drive up the balance of your account which can make your credit score go down," said Leu who adds that there are a lot of reasons you should protect your score. "From renting a house to the amount of money you pay for insurance, whether it be home insurance or car insurance, it's tremendously important. It really kind of controls your future," said Leu.
Although scams come and go, Leu recommends consumers take the same approach. Keep a close eye on your credit score and shred all personal information.
Here's one place you can get your annual report free of charge: