• Not All Credit Card Abuse Is Gambling

    11 April 2010


    Not all credit card abuse is gambling. A woman’s 12 year old son ran up a total of more than £900 in bills using his savings account and her credit card on, of all things, Face Book’s Farmville game. The tab on her credit card eventually ended up being £625. This was all done without the woman’s knowledge between March 14th when the first charge was made and the 29th when she discovered the usage and stopped the card.

    Face Book and the game’s creator Zynga, refused to refund her money because her son lives in her house. The credit card company, HSBC, also refuses to help her unless she reports her son to the police.

    A HSBC spokeswoman stated that if the card had been used on a gambling site, it would have set off warnings for “unusual usage”. But since it was used instead, to buy Face Book’s Farmville virtual coins for use in the game, no alarms were triggered.

    Nothing was deemed to be suspicious by HSBC while £625 was spent in just two weeks by someone who’s name is not on the card.

    Something just seems a little off when you can’t use your own credit card to play a few minutes of poker to have fun and relax, but someone else can use your card to buy almost anything they want, as long as it’s not on a “gambling” site. Go figure!

    Related News

    • 17 June 2010

      Virgin Group Setting Up New Game Site

      Feel like a little online wagering? Feel like doing it all in the United States? Relax… the chance is here. Virgin Gaming, is announcing on Tuesday, at the E3 video game industry show, that it will be offering video gamers online, a chance to go head to head against others players online and win large cash prizes. To get around the US laws against gambling, they have to make sure that they label their games and games of skill and not chance. That way, it is not gambling.

      Read full article
    • 16 June 2010

      Atlantic City Casinos Reject Intrastate Online Gambling

      Everything was looking rosy for online gambling in New Jersey after the June 3 3-1 vote by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee to pass Senate bill S490 with very few amendments.Now, the very casinos that would most benefit from that very law, have announced through the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ), their trade organization, that they do not want the bill to pass. CANJ represents all eleven Atlantic City casinos.

      Read full article
    • 13 June 2010

      New Danish Gambling Law Goes Back To European Commission

      Due to complaints from land based gambling companies, the new Danish gambling law is headed back to the European Commission for further review.The complaint from the land based gambling companies is that the tax provisions of the new law are unfair.This comes following reports that Danske Spil, the former state online gambling monopoly, would have to abandon it’s online poker b2b deal with the world’s leading listed online gaming company, Party gaming.

      Read full article