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The Merge Poker Network is having a bad week, as many players are reporting that the poker network's software is placing fraudulent charges on their credit and debit cards.
The allegations by several players comes shortly after Merge launched a software upgrade that was riddled with bugs and shut the network down for several hours.
Gamblers on the twoplustwo forum reported that poker sites on the Merge Network such as Lock, Carbon, and others have been making unauthorized transactions on the player's personal credit cards. The charges started with test probe charges of $1 or less, but then accelerated to purchases of cell phones and gift cards with values of up to $1,500.
Poker website Pokeraddict has also reported on the issue, recommending that players check their financial statements to make sure that they have not been victimized by the fraudulent charges. The site also validated player reports saying that many poker players kept a separate bank account specifically for their Merge Poker Network deposits, which makes it easy to pinpoint where the issue came from.
"It seems very likely some player banking information was compromised by Merge Gaming, one of their processors, or employees." Pokeraddict wrote on its site.