Consumer Watch: Someone hacked my credit card and bought $15,001 of American Girl dolls

I was at my desk the other day when my phone buzzed out a warning: My credit card had just been charged $1.

No such dollar had been spent by me, but I didn’t think much of the notification. Typically, such unexpected charges have perfectly legitimate explanations given my various subscriptions and recurring monthly charges, all of which come at different and unexpected times.

A few seconds later, however, came another buzz, and another charge I didn’t make. This one got my attention: $2,500.

Now, I am the kind of person who sweats every cent of losses in a $3 stock market investment, but at this point I was more confused than concerned.

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