Fraud follows Globe goof: 3 say others used their credit cards

Three Boston Globe customers yesterday reported unauthorized use of their credit cards, four days after the newspaper mistakenly released the personal financial information of as many as 202,000 subscribers.

A Globe spokesman said he didn’t know the specifics of the unauthorized credit card transactions, though he said the customers did incur some losses. Those customers have since canceled their cards, spokesman Al Larkin said.

As of 3 p.m. yesterday, the Globe had received roughly 37,000 phone calls from customers in the aftermath of last Sunday’s distribution debacle. The names and credit card numbers and expiration dates of as many as 202,000 Globe and Worcester Telegram & Gazette subscribers were released Sunday when internal reports were recycled as routing slips on the top of newspaper bundles.


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