PSN User Had $12,500 Taken From Credit Card – Picture From Bank


For the past few weeks PSN users had been reporting that their credit card linked with their PSN account had been compromised and they have had to close it down. However, many had been skeptical if they were telling the truth. Now, however, a PlayStation Network user has stated he’s had $12,500 taken from his credit card; this time, though, the user has provided picture proof from their bank account that someone has indeed tried to take $12,500 from his card that was linked to his PSN card.

A user named Progmetal first said this on GAF:

I’ve just noticed a transaction on my Credit Card I use for PSN for the amount of $12500.

Called as soon as I could and closed my card. Hmmmmm, sceptic..

Later on, readers asked him to show actual picture proof from his bank which he then provided. Check out the image below (click to enlarge):

Progmetal said that the currency was in Norwegian Kroner, and the large transaction was ‘Reserved’, consequently leading to their balance on the card resulting in 0.00. The initial amount taken from his account was 74 720 Norwegian Kroner’s; which equates to $12,500.

Another GAF commentator later confirmed that the money being reserved means when you make a charge to it; further solidifying the case that Progmetal had his credit card (linked to his PlayStation Network account as he clearly stated) heavily compromised by the possible PSN hackers.

For those wondering why Progmetal had “shit for brain” on his Google search bar on the top right hand corner within the image, he said on the matter when someone asked:

I was just wondering what the term meant and forgot it was still there in the search window.

It’s certainly troubling to see someone providing actual picture proof now, and one can only wonder if it’s actually happened to countless more PlayStation Network users. Have you had any similar experiences? Let us know via the comment section below.


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44 Comments on "PSN User Had $12,500 Taken From Credit Card – Picture From Bank"

  1. Josh April 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    75 Million users i’m pretty sure in the time this is going on some sort of bank fraud is going to happen to a PSN user that is completely unrelated and that is what this is…

  2. Billystarr April 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    I laugh at these news press as how they say and believe that 128 bit encrypted cc numbers are being sold. Now ask yourself this, why would you buy Psn accounts if you know how to decrypt 128 bit files? Why don’t they just hack bank accounts? Psn cc numbers is incrypted just like how the bank is. Think about it people. The only thing that your wanting to worry about is identity theft, not your cc number. Sense please please(your head)(let the light bulb brighter) ( so all of this is a lie and fake and that guy just put his self in deeper water.

  3. Andrew April 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    If he could show a charge that says PLAYSTATIONNETWORK charge. Then I’d be convinced. And actually, I’m positive there is a max limit to a single withdraw on PSN right ?

    • Phil May 1, 2011 at 10:06 am - Reply

      The charge isn’t going to come up as Playstation Network. They obtained the credit card details FROM PSN but they are not making the transaction through PSN, All they would need to do is transfer the from one account to another. PSN isn’t needed anymore.

      So no, whatever fraud would happen would not show up as “PSN transaction” or whatever, it would come up as something else.

  4. keysy April 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Bull like a bank would. Allow. For a transaction like tthat

    • heartnet May 1, 2011 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Completely Agree i tried to buy £900 laptop and CC company cancled the order and phoned the ownder to see if it was legit or not :)

      Ofc his bank cud just suck haha

  5. Stef April 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    I agree with Josh. 70 odd million people is a hell of a lot. There’s bound to be a good few who’s details are already in the wrong hands. Any fraud at this point will appear to be Sony’s fault.

    I’m not saying it isn’t possible that Sony’s recent security issues have lead to this person’s unauthorised credit card use, just that with so many people it’s hard to be sure that other factors aren’t responsible.

  6. Some Guy May 1, 2011 at 12:11 am - Reply

    It also stands to reason that anyone intending to act on credit card fraud would do so during a period such as this, since it might throw people off your trail if they think you obtained the information through something else then how you actually obtained it. If people are just willing to shrug it off as a result of the PSN breach, they might not bother to look deeper and find where else the leak might have occured with their information.

  7. buddawiggi May 1, 2011 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I cancelled my CC on April 21st, 2011 and feel that anyone who waited till the Sony announcement (or later Yikes!) to cancel the CC or DC that was used in the PSN acted foolishly.

    No one deserves to be a theft victim but how could one in the face of what had been present to us not say to oneself -”You know, they will probably get our CC#s but even if they do not I just want to feel safe”- and then cancel the damn things?

  8. ryan May 1, 2011 at 12:21 am - Reply

    right…. because there’s no possible way that this person’s cc info could have been stolen from any other source.

    this is coincidence. there is no proof that the charges were a result of his info being taken from PSN.

    also there’s no way a bank would allow that huge of a transaction to take place with out verifying.

    so way to pin this on sony with zero proof, guys!

  9. Rage May 1, 2011 at 12:34 am - Reply

    @Billystarr could you provide some source to support your affirmation that PSN users information is crypted with 128 bits?

  10. Shady May 1, 2011 at 12:44 am - Reply

    It’s pretty easy to photoshop a picture. this is just more bs as a scare tactic.

  11. Billystarr May 1, 2011 at 1:08 am - Reply

    @rage, so true I don’t have the proof if they are using 128 bit incryption, but still how is it possible for them to even use the cc numbers without the ccv? Psn never asked us for our ccv security number when we applied our cc number.

  12. Bones May 1, 2011 at 1:09 am - Reply

    no limit credit card that can be spent per month?
    where the goods were delivered?
    date 31/01???

  13. Ryan May 1, 2011 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Seems pretty shady that someone would have exactly 75000 of any currency in their bank account. I mean I think besides for when I opened my account I have never had an exact amount in my account.

    • asindre May 1, 2011 at 10:59 am - Reply

      75000 is his credit limit, not how much he has is his account

  14. Fake May 1, 2011 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Fake, what an EPIC FAIL. When are people going to wake up and stop feeding the media monster.

  15. Ryan May 1, 2011 at 1:17 am - Reply

    The math also doesn’t add up. He should have .48 left in the account. It is also funny that they would take out just about exactly how much is left.

  16. Zane May 1, 2011 at 1:24 am - Reply

    How many people actually searched up ‘shit for brain’ after reading this?

  17. Caidoz May 1, 2011 at 1:24 am - Reply

    How come almost every story you hear about someone losing money to these hacker they are from another country other than the US. Its always some place in middle europe. I knew people would be coming out of the woodwork.

    I mean if you had access to everyones acct the whole 77mill or what ever why not just take a dollar from each.

  18. Chris May 1, 2011 at 1:24 am - Reply

    My friend showed me that he could change any info on any screen. Like he had $0 in his paypal and could highlight it and change it. Just saying..don’t take this 4 100% evidence.

  19. lloyd May 1, 2011 at 1:44 am - Reply

    the other day i got an email from sony about the breach. then the same day i got a call from my bank. so what did i do? i changed my card! i did it as a precaution. i would think that others would do the same.

  20. michael burk May 1, 2011 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Psn Did In Fact Ask For CV2 #’s From Anyone Who Purchased Anything From The PS Store, Or For Anyone Who Registered For Qriocity. How Do I Know This? Because They Asked Me For It 2 Separate Times, when I purchased C.O.D First Strike, and upon registration for Qriocity

    • cmcdill May 1, 2011 at 6:06 am - Reply

      I was never asked cvs numbers I bought doc for fallout cod and killzone 3. I think its a prerfect scam to use the he’ll out of your card and blame sony. Escape goat much?

  21. Leadpaint May 1, 2011 at 3:36 am - Reply

    When using a cc online you will indeed need two more pieces of info. The exp date and the security code.

    BillyStarr, do you work for Sony? You seem to know all about their encryption stating its the same as banks use.

  22. Jordan May 1, 2011 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I still don’t believe that anything in fact was hacked from Sony. I find it funny that a system like the PS3 that was suppose to be completely secured was just jailbroken by the hacker Geohotz and this happens. Hmmmm. very strange indeed. I also liek the fact that they waited till after everything was resolved between him and Sony and than a hacker group calling themselves Anonymous comes out with threats aimed at Sony, but decides not to do anything because they have nothing against gamers. After all that , the system is brought down. Meanwhile Sony doesn’t come right out and say they were hacked or not. Not a word from them. We find out 5 days later that information was stolen, and possibly credit card numbers and rumors of the security code. Complete BS. Sony needs time to work on better securing their system and what better scapegoat than blaming it on hackers. Rumors spread fast and voila, everyone starts to panic. I don’t buy it at all. With 72 million possible credit card numbers stolen, we would be seeing more than the odd one here or there with money missing, These days, more likely everyone has a chip card. And everyone usuallly asks to see the card alond with ID. Not to mention you need the security code for online purchases. And other places that don’t require this security code, ask to see the card. You can’t just make a big purchase like that with just giving someone the credit card number and expiry. I think Sony is behind this and nothing more. If this was hackers wanting stolen info like this. Why attack only Sony and not Microsoft. Doesn’t make sense!!!

    • cmcdill May 1, 2011 at 6:12 am - Reply

      Sony would never do it to them selves. Think smarter than that. They have lost over a billion and are loosing more everyday from loss in stocks and sales due to this intrusion. So why would a money making corp want to waste billions unless its to clam insurance but what is there to claim?

      • Jordan May 1, 2011 at 6:25 am - Reply

        Ummmm, why would Sony do it. Because its the perfect time to. People were already spreading around rumors before anything was even said, so with all these scared little people running around worried about their precious information that may or may not have been stolen, Sony devised a plan to blame hackers. Who knows, probably while trying to secure there system after Geohotz jailbroke it, perhaps the screwed it up themselves and need time to work on it. Why would Sony start losing money from this. People that are loyal fans will stay with them. Microsoft even has a larger fan base and still has not been under attack. Why not, people pay for their Live accounts. Its right for the taking. If it was that easy to hack into the PS3 and steal info, than we would see this on a more widespread scale than just limited to Sony. Sony has been losing money everyday since the launch of the PS3 and yet they still stay strong. I just don’t buy into this BS about hackers and information stolen. We would see larger numbers of people with missing money all over the news than the odd one here and there. People believe anything they read these days.

  23. Rozza May 1, 2011 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Fake, just someone trying to get money they dont deserve out of sony probally a xbox fan

  24. cmcdill May 1, 2011 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Oh and sony using 1024 bit encryption which they designed for them selves. No one else has it. My bet is if some sony member would sell top secret codes. Such as 1024 bit for a pretty bonus.

  25. Jamie May 1, 2011 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Yeh because thenperson who stole his cc details knew the exact amount he had on his card. In one transaction ;-s

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  27. macfalyfe573 May 1, 2011 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I WANNA PLAY BLACK OPS AND I WANNA PLAY IT NOW “yellin out tha window angry shakin my hand” lol

  28. wbh1138 May 1, 2011 at 10:47 am - Reply

    It’s all too easy for anyone to use their credit/debit card and then claim they know nothing about it.
    Unless there are a LOT of claims, or there’s an official announcement of fraud, I’d take any claim with a pinch of salt.
    My bank has said there’s no need to change my card as all transactions are monitored and unusual, i.e unusual high value transactions will be flagged. Also, any fraudulent transactions will be refunded.

  29. Gladiator007 May 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    All of you guys doubting that someone could have had their credit card compromised because of Sony’s cluster f… are smoking something. It’s totally reeasonable that this happened and probably to thousands of others.

    Remember when you guys used to brag about how PSN was free? A lot of good that free service did protecting you and your personal information. Unlike Microsoft who does charge Sony did very little investing in the network and obviously securing the network. Oh well I guess you get what you pay for….

  30. DarthDiggler May 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    That’s a VISA card so should carry ZERO LIABILTY! Stop this tabloid bullshit press.

  31. Fish May 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Anyone notice it says “shit for brains” in the search bar?

    This looks like a troll to me.

  32. richard May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    this is takin the pi*s how long is this goin to take we should get somthing out of psn such as games or the new maps

  33. John June 21, 2011 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Jcpenny online called me today about a $1400 online purchase today for 10 watches, 4 pairs of shoes and some clothing. The 10 watches caught their attention and they did not process the transaction.
    I called my cc company and they said my card was highly active the past few days, they should of contacted me! Netflix, iTunes, sports stores and apple online!

    This card was linked to my psn. I’m going to further investigate as soon as I get home what’s going on. The address they were trying to ship to was Michigan.

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