“Gray charges” may be lurking on your credit card bill

Infographic: These sneaky, recurring charges can cost you hundreds of dollars.

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"Gray charges" may be lurking on your credit card bill "Gray charges" aren't generally fraudulent, but these sneaky, often-recurring items can add hundreds of dollars to your credit card statements. How do they get there? You might make an online purchase and not notice a prechecked magazine subscription box. A free trial could become a paid monthly subscription. Or you may think you canceled automatic payments only to have charges return, zombie-style. To stop gray charges, be vigilant. For example:
  • When buying online, read the fine print and uncheck boxes for goods and services you don't want.
  • Be suspicious of any free trial that requires your credit card information.
  • Carefully review every item on your monthly card statements.
  • If you spot an unusual charge, contact the vendor.
  • If the vendor refuses to cancel recurring charges or refund your money, complain to your card company.
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