The ongoing concern over a rise in credit card fraud connected to the Merge Gaming Network has deepened in the last few days, with players reporting that they were victims of fraud after sending in scans of credit cards for identity verification but never actually using the cards to deposit.
Reports came to light last week, when there were isolated incidents of credit card fraud involving players who deposited at certain poker rooms on Merge Gaming.
However, as more players reported unauthorized charges it became evident that players that had only sent in photocopies of credit cards for verification purposes were victimized. The reports suggest there may be an issue in the verification process at the network, rather than a rogue processor serving specific skins.
Merge Gaming is reportedly investigating the issue, and representatives at skins have been engaging the community on 2+2 in order to resolve the issue. However, the network has not contacted customers, nor responded to media inquires.
It is strongly recommended that any player who either deposited with a debit or credit card, or sent scans of cards for account verification, check their statements and recent account activity. Players have reported fraudulent charges months after scans were submitted. Reportedly, first very small charges appear to the test the account. Then, once those tiny charges are approved, much larger charges follow.