US Secret Service Investigating Credit Card Fraud at Madison Square Garden

November 25, 2016 - Esports

According to a press release from The Madison Square Garden Company and numerous eSports news outlets, customer payment information might have been compromised over the last year. The security breach has been noticed at the end of October. Once discovered, authorities, including computer security specialists, the Secret Service, and the New York Police Department, were contacted. Why does that matter to us? The League of Legends World Championship took place at the Madison Square Garden arena and Chicago Theatre, among others. Both places hosted parts of Worlds.

It seems as if the card payment systems at merchandise and concession stands at both venues were compromised. If you did not use them at the events, you should be fine, however, checking if there are any unexplained purchases on your card is still a good idea. Of course, it’s not very likely that many of DrakeMoon’s users attended the event, however, providing a warning if there are some is always a great idea.

If you swiped your card at the compromised venues from November 9th, 2015 to October 24th, 2016, you should definitely check everything over and contact your bank for help, as your card could be compromised, allowing the hackers access to your “credit card numbers, cardholder names, expiration dates and internal verification codes,” was said in the press release by MSG.

According to the release, if you suspect that you could be a victim of this breach, you should “remain vigilant to the possibility of fraud by reviewing your payment card statements for any unauthorized activity. You should immediately report any unauthorized charges to your card issuer because payment card rules generally provide that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges reported in a timely manner. The phone number to call is usually on the back of your payment card. Please see the section that follows this notice for additional steps you may take to protect your information.”

If you suspect that you might be a victim of fraud, you could also place a fraud alert on your card. “There are two types of fraud alerts you can place on your credit report to put your creditors on notice that you may be a victim of fraud—an initial alert and an extended alert.  You may ask that an initial fraud alert be placed on your credit report if you suspect you have been, or are about to be, a victim of identity theft.  An initial fraud alert stays on your credit report for at least 90 days.  You may have an extended alert placed on your credit report if you have already been a victim of identity theft with the appropriate documentary proof.  An extended fraud alert stays on your credit report for seven years.  You can place a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting any of the three national credit reporting agencies”, according to MSG’s statement.