Fraudulent Transactions on PSN Users’ Credit Cards Added: Friday, May 6th, 2011
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While people are still seeking answers from the company how and what data exactly was stolen from them within the ongoing outage, users have been spreading the alarm for a while now.
Most of the PSN users are looking forward to a kind of compensation for the outage, but even Sony promising a free month of service and more can’t curb all the fears of compromised credit cards. Instead, the number of the reports from users suspecting that their credit cards were getting cleaned out by fraudsters increased.
Since the early days of the outage, users of PlayStation Network have been reporting that their credit cards used for PSN had been compromised. All of them finally had to close them down, but people still doubt if they were telling the truth. The latest report surfacing was from the user saying that he has had $12,500 stolen from his credit card. Moreover, the affected PSN user has even provided a picture proof from his bank account that the third party has tried to withdraw $12,500 from the credit card that was linked to the PSN card.
The public still can’t agree whether this is related to Sony or not at all. There’s always a chance that all reported cards might have been stolen from another source. However, there are too many stories of PSN cards being compromised.
One user complained that his AmEx card has been compromised – the one that sat for emergencies, but was only once used on the PSP for an account. Fortunately, American Express notified the cardholder immediately after the first fraudulent transaction. The other one reported that someone has purchased a $600 ticket through a German airline with his PSN credit card. As a result, the bank is still looking into the fraud charge, which left the user with a negative $500 in his account, without any good chance to get the money back soon. The third customer has also got a call from his credit card company to verify a fraudulent purchase, which ended up with denying the charge and issuing a new card. Finally, one more user complained that at the early days of the outage he also faced an attempted fraudulent charge on his AmEx card – this one involved around $8,000 going to some Japanese shop.
All of the affected users had to get new cards and warned everyone having credit card info on PSN to watch accounts closely. Those who decided to stay with Sony despite setbacks are now buying pre-paid cards.
May 6th,2011Posted by:
Friday, May 6th, 2011
|No one has used mine and it's saved to my PSN and will remain that way once it's up and running again. I call Bullshit|
It's not hard to contact your credit card compny and say" hey I didnt make this purchase" seriously people need to get a clue.
|posted by (2011-05-06 19:26:01)|
|glad i used a prepaid green dot card on mine..|
|Just use the prepaid PSN cards. Why use a creditcard for such a small charge? Most people don't buy hundreds of dollars/euros etc. worth of games at once. So again: why use a creditcard|
|I used my credit card almost like a debit card; paying the total amount due with each statement. Hey, nothing wrong with having great credit, right? I'll continue using the same card on the PSN because 1) I'm not worried about any fraudulent charges being made and 2) when the PSN is up again it'll have greatly increased security. I think any user having phony charges put on their card is either a made up story or just coincidence and poor luck.||
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