In recent weeks, dozens of fraudulent accounts have been set up on online sports betting apps, many using the personal details of professional poker players, and one victim has been described as one of the worst thefts in the poker community. Call it what it is, it processed over $10,000 of fraudulent bank withdrawals. history.
Some of the fraudulent accounts were created on BetMGM’s sports betting app.
A BetMGM spokesperson said in a statement to ESPN, “We are aware of the potential incident and are actively investigating it.” Receiving patrons are encouraged to contact our customer service department directly.”
Global Payments Gaming Solutions, an online payment processor, one of the deposit options for BetMGM and other online gambling sites, said in a statement that it “uses stolen personal information to make payments to unaffiliated third parties. It said it was assisting law enforcement agencies in their investigations into “fraudulent accounts.”
A Global Payments spokesperson said in a statement, “There have been no security breaches or fraudulent accounts opened in our gaming business in connection with this investigation.” This is our top priority and we are working with these third parties to ensure that affected individuals receive their refunds.”
The company did not respond to questions about the extent of the fraud, the authorities involved in the investigation, or what steps were taken to ensure the matter did not linger.
Todd Witteles, a well-known poker pro from California, said a betting account was opened in his name at BetMGM in West Virginia using a $10,000 deposit directly from his checking account. Witteles does not have an account on any of his BetMGM sites, and West says he has never been to Virginia. A $7,500 withdrawal to the Venmo debit card was processed the same day the account was set up. The remaining $2,500 was withdrawn in the same manner on Nov. 4, Witteles said.
“They withdrew to another account on the same day without playing on that account,” Vitteles told ESPN on Friday.
Witteles said he was working with local detectives and his bank, but as of Friday, his $10,000 had not been returned. Las Vegas poker pro Joseph Cheong received $9,800 from BetMGM. tweeted that it had been deducted, and many other poker players also posted on social media that they were affected. Some players affected in small amounts told ESPN that they received the funds, and Witteles estimates the number of casualties he could put at 50 or more.
“This is arguably the worst bank account theft in poker history,” he said. “Poker He’s seen cheating scandals at the table, online, live, and bigger thefts than this, but I’ve never seen anything like this as far as stealing directly from people’s bank accounts.”