Recently downloaded a ‘free’ game or app? Entered your card details to activate a ‘trial’ service? Are you now seeing strange charges on your credit card or bank account with the reference ‘WWW.GAMEPLAY.NET’?
Then you’re sadly not alone!
NetSafe has been receiving reports of strange transaction charges from internet users around the world since the start of this year all connected to the WWW.GAMEPLAY.NET merchant account details.
We’ve taken gameplay.net scam reports from people from as far afield as Australia, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and France about credit card charges of up to $60 a month all with odd bank charges connected to a website that seems to have disappeared.
A quick check of the website whois record reveals it was registered all the way back on 1 November 1996, almost 20 years ago, but now lives behind a shady hidden registration service in San Francisco that masks the true identity of the gameplay.net owners.
UNAUTHORISED CREDIT CARD CHARGES:
15 Feb, ref 86817195 WWW.GAMEPLAY.NET T 18777173330GBR £11.95
05 Mar 99456579 WWW.GAMEPLAY.NET T18777173330GBR £11.95
These examples above are just two of the charges reported by a British internet user who found MasterCard transactions linked to gameplay.net and with no clear understanding of what they’d signed up for. If you’re seeing similar charges on your accounts please leave a comment below.
NetSafe is working with an unfortunate New Zealand based firm with a similar sounding name but absolutely no connection to this internet scam operation. Gameplay NZ has been flooded by reports of free accounts being set up by people around the world who then see strange charges on their accounts. We even issued a media release warning of the danger of using a credit card to activate a free app trial. NOTE: This genuine company sells gaming machines and has nothing to do with the charges on your account.
If you’re seeing WWW.GAMEPLAY.NET T 18777173330GBR on your UK accounts or other variations of this charge elsewhere in the world, leave us a comment below.
We intend to aggregate reports of this free app scam charge and pass the information on to merchant providers Visa and Mastercard to get this operation stopped. Leave your name, country and details of the amount you have been charged and the transaction name below. Funkplay seems to be another name connected to this operation.
What we know so far:
- Users sign up for a free online service or app that requires a credit card to activate the trial. This may be for a game or ebook unlocker. Others have reported charges after signing up for a free movie streaming service.
- In France, gameplay.net is charging 38,50€
- In Denmark, people affected are being charged USD 53.95
- In New Zealand, people have been charged $49.66 a month for a so called FREE service
- In the UK the amount is £11.95 monthly
What you need to do now:
- If your credit card has been charged after installing a free app, speak with your bank about a chargeback.
- If your bank will not refund the charges on the basis that you agreed to the terms and conditions, we advise you close the account ASAP to stop further charges being made.
- You can also review and query transactions made on your account in the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores.
- Leave us a comment on this post with information about the charges so we can pass this information on to Visa and Mastercard.
- Do not contact the New Zealand company Gameplay, they are not scamming you!
We will read every comment left below so please let us know how you ended up with gameplay.net charges on your credit card account.