Playstation Network compromised credit card

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by JBazz, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. JBazz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    I had a bunch of fraudulent charges pop up on my credit card today. Yesterday I sat at the Apple store and added $150 to my PSN account and downloaded 3 games.

    Any guesses if this was the transaction that caused my credit card to be compromised? Thankfully I was using my prepaid card, but unfortunately it had about $5000 on it because I have been shopping for a sofa.

    The only other thing giving me pause is I did purchase a used Macbook from craigslist. I am really hoping that it is not the source of my compromised card.
  2. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    i would do whatever it is you should do if a card gets compromised. Being prepaid certainly complicates it though. i am unsure of what protections if any prepaid cards are sold with.
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    I might be misunderstanding something, but did you conduct financial business from a display computer? If so, not a good move.

    Did you wipe and reinstall OSX on your used MacBook?
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    1. Not a smart move to add $$ to your PSN account from a display computer. Cookies, history and all are still there.

    2. Probably your credit card was just targeted from the numbers they stole. After all, it was a 1M list they stole.

    3. Why post here instead of calling your bank/credit institution and have them block/reverse the charges and get a new card + number.
  5. JBazz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    1. I did not use a display computer. I used the Apple store wifi on my Vita.

    2. My Vita account was only 6 months old, so I would not have been affected. Now my old PSP account may have.

    3. I did call/block, etc. I was wondering exactly how unsafe using the wifi at an Apple store was. I read stories about public wifi spots, but this was my first incident. But again, I did not use the Apple display computer. I used my Vita. I sat at the Apple store because it is by far the fastest wifi connection available to me and I was downloading 3 games.


    I did not do a wipe. I did an upgrade to 10.8 from 10.7. There were no disks and I do not know how to do a wipe and fresh install without OSX DVDs.


    Actually, being prepaid uncomplicates things. Which is why I use it for internet transactions. It keeps my high limit cards off the internet.

    Thanks for the reply though. I did call the bank, call the merchants who got defrauded, etc. I wasnt looking for advice on how to handle that, but wondering about public wifi security and buying a used macbook.
  6. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    That depends on your definition of complicated. In general credit cards provide better protection, using debit cards is more like losing a wallet filled with cash in comparison (which is quite uncomplicated).

    If you use your own device on a public wifi, keep it secured and only use encrypted sites coupled with common sense, it shouldn't be a problem.

    Buying and using a used computer without completely wiping it first is way more risky. Really not a good idea.
  7. JBazz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    Thanks for the advice on used computers, but I am still going to completely disagree with your assessment of my prepaid card. Love it, wouldn't give it up for anything. I knew my card had been compromised immediately because I receive instant text messages on the card. I called the credit card company, had it closed, they shipped a new card and refunded the charges all in the 10 minute call. Nothing at all like loosing a wallet (or purse in my case).

    My highest limit card regular card is from Capitol One. They have no text message service for each purchase, I have to log on to see pending charges, and even then the pending do not show the full details until they go hard.

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