Fraudster Targets Online Poker Players, Global Payments Acts

Fraudster Continues to Target US Online Poker Players, Global Payments Responds

Fraudulent gambling transactions costing US online poker players up to $10K remain a threat, but Global Payments and other operators are working to resolve the problem.

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Data breaches continue to cause problems for US online poker sites as a fraudster has been targeting BetMGM, WSOP.com, and DraftKings. (Image: Pixabay/Tumisu)

News that a fraudster (or team of fraudsters) was using stolen data to create fake online poker accounts and steal money from players’ bank accounts broke last week. The fraudster was able to use VIP Preferred, a deposit method owned by Global Payments, to carry out the scam.

Any poker players who have used VIP Preferred are potential targets and, according to new information, the scam has been happening since October 12. It’s also emerged that the fraudster is creating fake accounts on DraftKings, as well as on BetMGM and WSOP.com.

Global Payments reassures US online poker players

CardsChat contacted Global Payments to ask whether the company was aware of the problem. Emily Edmonds, Vice President of External Communications, told us that the gaming division at Global Payments is aware of the problem and working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

“Our gaming business has been assisting law enforcement with an investigation into fraudulent accounts set up at unaffiliated third parties using stolen personal information,” Edmonds told CardsChat.

She went on to explain that Global Payments’ database hasn’t been compromised. Instead, the fraudster used unaffiliated third-party sites to steal information that’s now being used to create fake accounts at US online poker sites.

“There has been no security breach or fraudulent accounts opened at our gaming business in connection with this investigation. The protection of our customers and their clients’ information and funds is our top priority and we are working with these third parties to ensure any impacted individuals are refunded,” Edmonds continued.

CardsChat also contacted BetMGM, one of the online poker sites being used by the fraudster to steal money from players. A spokeswoman for the company told us the matter was under review.

“We’re aware of the issue and are working with impacted patrons to make sure refunds are processed,” said the BetMGM spokeswoman.

Based on the statements provided, the issue doesn’t appear to be directly linked to Global Payments or licensed US poker sites. The fraudster appears to have stolen customer data from somewhere else.

They’re now using this information to create fake poker accounts and, in turn, use VIP Preferred to deposit eChecks. You can click here for our previous article to get a breakdown of how we believe the fraudster is stealing money from poker players.

Poker players should remain on high alert

A statement from DraftKings supports the theory that information has been stolen from somewhere other than Global Payments or US online gambling sites. Following a spate of unusual activity, the online gambling company posted the following message on Twitter.

The threat to US poker players who have previously used VIP Preferred remains. What’s more, the situation continues to evolve. Melissa Burr, a poker player and operations expert, outlined the current state of play in a lengthy Twitter thread.

She believes the issue may go beyond data being stolen from third-party sites. Her tweets state that two-factor authentication data has been breached at a variety of online gambling sites. Burr’s advice is to change all passwords associated with your gambling accounts. She also suggests locking your SIM card.

The message for online poker players and anyone else who uses gambling sites is to be vigilant. Changing passwords, locking SIM cards and, if necessary, closing bank accounts used for online gambling transactions are the best ways to stay safe.

Written by
Daniel Smyth
Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.

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