High stakes cash game players on partypoker have been warned to watch out for sophisticated scam messages on Telegram inviting them to “juicy games”, with Tony G among those targeted.
Rob Yong wants to prevent players from getting scammed
As Rob Yong’s tweet explains, messages on the encrypted app included pics of fake tables to entice unwary players into sending funds.
Legendary Lithuanian pro and businessman, Antanas “TonyG” Guoga was among those who were contacted by the scammer…
I was targeted too
— Tony G (@TonyGuoga) November 30, 2021
Scams in the poker world are nothing new, of course, but they have multiplied along with the advent of new technologies. Scammers now use every available medium along with every trick in the book to snare victims.
MonkerGuy.com revealed that other ‘deep fake’ scams exist, tweeting: “I’ve seen some website’s copy (replica) entire websites, selling fake sims / software, with a slightly different domain name (very convincing).”
All online poker sites have been hit by scammers over the years. Email phishing scams attacking partypoker date as far back as 2007. That saw scammers using the 2006 UIGEA ( Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) as the hook.
As quickly as poker players are made aware of potential scams, the bad guys are devising new schemes, from the simple to the very sophisticated.
The highstakes world was treated to one such simple example just last year, when Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates was outed by Dan Bilzerian as the “ghost” who was playing on an amateur’s account.
Jungleman refuted Bilzerian’s accusation, but it didn’t cut much ice with many…
— Daniel Cates 🇺🇸 🌎 (@junglemandan) May 27, 2020
Further poker scams of the past
“Anonymous” scams such as this week’s ‘fake game’ – the scam presumably being run by someone who had access to the Telegram “phone book” of some big names in the poker world – hit the community from time to time.
Sometimes, however, it’s the anonymous whistleblower who turns the tables and outs the scammers and cheats.
That’s what happened when “godmode49” created a spectacular thread on the TwoPlusTwo forum in 2019, posting a video that showed how High Stakes Heads-Up and Hyper Turbo Sit & Gos were being targeted by a cheating ring.
Another whistleblower called time on Swedish online pro Fredrik jamaica_111 Björklund’s alleged scam, using the 2plus2 forum to post a satirical takedown titled: ‘How to print money: A beginners guide to scam’.
Poker players have been hit in many ways, not only on the green felt. English pro Max Silver found out that crypto-scams are a thing when he was taken for $140,000 earlier this year in a Bitcoin sportsbetting scam.
English poker pro, Lynne Beaumont, is another who was hit hard by a scammer. Fellow poker pro Terik (Tizzy) Brown allegedly doing her out of 4 Bitcoin after she invested $40k with him for cryptocurrency trading.
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