Dozens of fraudulent accounts have been set up on online sports betting apps in recent weeks, many using the personal information of professional poker players, and unauthorized bank withdrawals of over $10,000 have been processed, which one alleged victim called one of the most serious thefts in the poker community. story.
Several fraudulent accounts have been created on the BetMGM sports betting app.
“We are aware of the potential incident and are actively investigating,” a BetMGM spokesperson said in a statement to Sportzshala. “The security of our customer accounts is of the utmost importance to us. We encourage all affected customers to contact our customer service department directly.”
Online payment processor Global Payments Gaming Solutions, one of the deposit options at BetMGM and other online gambling sites, said in a statement that it is assisting law enforcement in investigating “fraudulent accounts created with unaffiliated third parties using stolen personal information.”
“In connection with this investigation, there have been no security breaches or fraudulent accounts in our gaming business,” a spokesperson for Global Payments said in a statement. “Protecting the information and funds of our clients and their clients is our top priority, and we are working with these third parties to ensure that any affected individuals receive refunds.”
The company did not respond to questions about the extent of the fraud, which authorities were involved in the investigation, or what steps were taken to make sure the problem did not persist.
Todd Witteles, a prominent California poker pro, said that a betting account with BetMGM in West Virginia was opened in his name using a $10,000 deposit directly from his checking account. Vitteles says he does not have an account on any of the BetMGM sites and has never been to West Virginia. On the same day the account was created, a $7,500 withdrawal to a Venmo debit card was processed. The remaining $2,500 was withdrawn in the same manner on November 4, Vitteles said.
“They switched to another account on the same day without even playing on that account,” Vitteles told Sportzshala on Friday.
Vitteles said he was working with a local detective and his bank, but as of Friday, his $10,000 had not been returned. Las Vegas poker pro Joseph Cheong tweeted that BetMGM charged him $98,000, and many other poker players also posted on social media that they were affected. Some players who were affected by the smaller amounts told Sportzshala that they got their funds back. According to Vitteles, the number of victims could reach 50 people.
“This is by far the worst bank account theft in the history of poker,” he said. “I’ve seen cheating scandals at the poker table, online and in person, leading to bigger thefts than this, but as far as outright theft from people’s bank accounts, I’ve never seen anything like it.”