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Published on June 28th, 2011 | by Gerald Chan


Classic Fraud Post

This was the first of many I would end up writing to educate customers on, wow.

Save a Dollar, Lose a Hundred

23 June 2009 4:59 PM


Credit card fraud has found a new platform – Your Playstation!

It is a semi well known secret that purchases made from the PSN network via your Playstation 3 can be shared among 5 users at any point of time. This translates into savings that allows you to stretch your dollar when buying constant downloads such as weekly Rock Band DLC. This sweet deal turns sour when the payment made to deposit funds to make these payments is actually an elaborate scam in which your precious system would be implicated in credit card fraud and leads to it being banned.

A banned Playstation 3 means it no longer receives updates, locks off online gaming and becomes very much a next gen Blu Ray player with offline gaming capabilities. Not quite like the system you started off at the very beginning.

The forum which I frequent most often, Gameaxis, has individuals who have already fallen victim to such a scam by another forum member, Prinsipe. The clincher is that these users, or rather the account they bought, were soon implicated in credit card fraud which would cause their systems to be banned in the months to come.

There are 3 ways in which you can add funds into your PSN account. Get a US based credit card, buy a prepaid PSN card or use a virtual credit card Entropay. Locally, what made it enticing for the forum members to patronize Prinsipe was that he was, apparently, based locally which made the transfer of funds a breeze. In addition, the retail value of prepaid downloads which he offered within exceeded the combined cost that 5 users had to pay in total. This was indeed a deal that was too good to be true.

Thankfully, the remedy to getting your system unbanned is simple. Just pay what your account owes and all is well. But, being in the part of the globe where there possibly could be no inexpensive way to remit the funds over to the US. After all, your system has already been shut down due to credit card fraud, it would be unlikely your credit rating with Sony is stable enough to warrant, say, a PayPal transfer which also uses a credit card to remit funds.

Gameaxis forumer, Hao, was kind enough to get on the line with Sony representatives to get an actual human response to the entire debacle.

I quote:

Hi guys,

Just called Sony US. Talked for a long time..

Ok, i wanna pass on some info from that Sony guy. According to him, it doesn’t matter if you delete the suspended accounts, becoz if they wanna ban the console, they still can do it even if u already deleted them. He actually advised me to hold on to the suspended accounts and wait for them to email me on the development of the fraud case.

I have no idea how long the wait will be, but he also advised that i wait for the case to be settled before i go on to purchase more dlcs, and that Sony’s legal department is handling the case already.

Hope fellow forumers find what i said useful.

Oh and btw, i realised my two accounts owe Sony $1k+.

While it may appear that Internet creditability and trust has taken a major hit here. I would very much like to emphasize that sharing accounts for DLC purchases is a very good way to stretch your gaming dollar and is perfectly legal. In my personal experience, I have been sharing Rock Band DLCs with four other dudes that I met in the very same forum for over a year now and we are now looking into our fifth 50 USD top up.

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