Mafia Wars Level 472
- May 10, 2008
- Brooklyn, New York, United States
Are Casino Employees Stealing Your Loyalty Points?
Posted: Aug 17, 2009 09:05 PM
Are you part of a casino reward program? The Nevada Gaming Control Board says you could be a target for thieves by stealing your loyalty points.
Gaming officials say the thieves are hotel-casino employees. And they say it's easy to steal your points. "An employee who has access to the system manipulates points or creates new accounts in someone's name and then will transfer or create points into that account or they may draw points or deduct points from one player's account and transfer them to another player's account," says Jerry Markling.
As you may already know, loyalty points are customer rewards for hotels and casinos. Customers get the points by staying at the hotel, buying merchandise and eating in restaurants among other things.
Gaming officials say stealing loyalty points isn't a new crime. They say employees do have access to points with passwords and authorizations and say they steal for a number of reasons, from making a couple of extra dollars to free slot plays only at company-owned casinos.
"You should keep track of your player points in your account. You should know the rules behind the program you're entered in because some of these programs drop off points after a certain amount of time."
If someone is caught, they could face charges including computer fraud to embezzlement and up to six years or more in prison.
That is crazy why would anyone do this?