AMERICANS should be on alert for a new scam involving unauthorized Google charges ranging from 99 cents to $10 appearing on their bank statements, experts have warned.

The scam was first unearthed back in October when Chase bank account holders reported seeing strange charges of $13.01 on their statements.


Chase bank users have been urged to be vigilant for fraudulent charges on their accountsCredit: Reuters

The odd charge was always listed to be from Google, followed by the name of a business or person.

Dozens of other people told ABC15 that they also found bogus charges on their accounts.

Those amounts included charges of $.99, $1.07, $5, $9.99, and more.

One victim, identified only as Matthew, who uses a local bank in Bastrop, Texas, said he found 13 transactions on his account for 99 cents each.

Others have reported seeing the bogus charges on Walmart Money cards, CashApp accounts, and even accounts for government benefits.


A Discover account user in Tulsa said he found a series of unauthorized $5 charges on his account.

A Bank of America user also reported his account being hit repeatedly, asking: “what the hell?”

The Sun has reached out to Google for comment on the scam but has not heard back at the time of publication.

According to ABC, one person was able to get a $10 Google refund from a disputed charge totaling $50.

In most instances, banks are refunding the money and issuing victims of the scam new cards.

However, one account holder told…

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