Skype Poker Scammers working PokerStars Members

by Jeremy

Online scammers target people in every industry, which unfortunately includes poker too. And one of the scams that you need to be aware of includes criminals trying to convince online poker players to give out account details via Skype.

A poster on the TwoPlusTwo forums named “fadsy” went into detailabout how a seemingly illiterate Skype user tried to get account details by posing as a PokerStars customer support representative. fadsy wrote the following about the encounter:

Hey guys just wanted to put this up just to make ppl aware that it’s happening, if anything like this account tries to contact you on skype.. Just don’t except… I emailed stars with the info straight away and they said the account was known to them and skype and would be shut down by the end of the day.
This account added me on skype as Pokerstars Online Support, pretty lol… but either way I excepted and it just tilted the hell outa me… They were trying to make calls to me via skype while I was grinding. I just blocked it and marked as abusive.

[11:25:01 AM] PokerStars: Hi, it’s pokerstars online support
[11:25:15 AM] PokerStars: we have qustions for your account, can you answer now ?
[11:25:28 AM] Michael: very quickly lots of tables
[11:25:29 AM] Michael: lol
[11:25:46 AM] PokerStars: tell me please, do you join at your account today NOT at home ?
[11:26:08 AM] PokerStars: someone from Germany join today at your account
[11:26:15 AM] Michael: ummmmm no
[11:26:17 AM] Michael: im home
[11:26:18 AM] PokerStars: we thinks thats your account can be cracked
[11:26:28 AM] PokerStars: it’s problem
[11:26:51 AM] PokerStars: we shoud check your account manual, but u’r play now, and we don’t block you
[11:27:19 AM] PokerStars: write your password and email, after you game we will check you account and send results and new password
[11:27:27 AM] Michael: lol no thanks
[11:27:45 AM] PokerStars: ok, it mean that we right now block
[11:28:01 AM] PokerStars: you agree ?
[11:28:28 AM] Michael: im not handing out my password via chat
[11:28:52 AM] PokerStars: so it means that you agree
[11:29:00 AM] PokerStars: i’m sorry but i will block you right now
[11:29:02 AM] Michael: if ur pokerstars u should have my details already
[11:29:25 AM] PokerStars: it’s manual checking, i must ask your password

Skype acc name in profile was whyivano
From Russia.

As you can see from the post, the horrendous English was a dead giveaway that this was a potential (obvious) scam. In addition to this, it’s never a good idea to give away any details via an instant messenger system because PokerStars wouldn’t try to get a hold of somebody randomly like this.

It’s also worth mentioning that this incident by no means reflects poorly on PokerStars or Skype, but rather the crooks who try to steal money this way.