Bad bluff: Poker pros victims of fake sports betting accounts created in their names

by, David Purdum, ESPN


Dozens of fraudulent accounts were set up on online sports betting apps in recent weeks, many using the personal information of professional poker players, and unauthorized bank withdrawals upwards of $10,000 were processed in what one alleged victim calls one of the worst thefts in the poker community’s history.

Several of the fraudulent accounts were created on BetMGM’s sports betting app.

“We’re aware of a potential incident and are actively investigating,” a BetMGM spokesperson said in a statemen to ESPN. “The security of our patrons’ accounts is of the utmost importance to us. We encourage any impacted patrons to contact our customer service department directly.”

Online payment processor Global Payments Gaming Solutions, one of the deposit options on BetMGM and other online gambling sites, said in a statement that it is assisting law enforcement with an investigation into “fraudulent accounts set up at unaffiliated third parties using stolen personal information.”

“There has been no security breach or fraudulent accounts opened at our gaming business in connection with this investigation,” a spokesperson from Global Payments said in a statement. “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.”

The company did not respond to questions about the scope of the fraud, what authorities were involved in the investigation or what steps have been taken to make sure the issue doesn’t persist.

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