Several US players have reported being victims of credit card fraud on cards linked to their Lock Poker and Carbon Poker accounts.
Players on poker forum 2+2 are reporting similar stories: The fraudsters start by proving that they can make a charge against the stolen account with a tiny transaction of less than $1. If this transaction is processed then they continue with larger transactions. The fraudsters are charging items as varied as grocery shopping at Walmart in Florida and mobile phone purchases and credit top ups.
Players allege that the bank accounts affected were used only for online poker transactions, suggesting that the issue may lie with a payment processor used by Merge skins to process US online gaming deposits.
Lock Poker has now left Merge having bought the Cake Poker Network and rebranded the joint operation Revolution Gaming. Shane Bridges from Lock Poker has posted in the 2+2 thread offering support: “If you can email me with a scan or photo of your statement we can look into this for you. You can black out part of your card number we just need the last 4 digits to match it up to your account.”
His email address is: email@example.com.
Pokerfuse strongly advises players to play close attention to any small transactions on their account statements with credit cards used to fund any US sites and to contact their bank immediately if any suspicious transactions are seen.