Illegal offshore gambling websites to be blocked

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority said it had received more than 30 complaints about 10 illegal offshore gambling websites. File picture

AUSTRALIAN internet service providers have been asked to block 10 illegal offshore gambling websites.

On Monday, June 1 the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said it had asked internet service providers (ISPs) to block Grand Fortune Casino, Raging Bull Casino, True Blue Casino, Free Spin, Two Up Casino, BoVegas, Cherry Gold Casino, Slots Empire, Red Dog Casino and Wild Joker.

The ACMA said it had received more than 30 complaints about the websites.

In early May in a statement the authority said investigations had shown the websites operated in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 and urged Australian users of the sites to withdraw their money.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcements options the ACMA uses to protect Australians against illegal online gambling.

Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 35 illegal gambling websites have been blocked.

“More than 100 illegal services have pulled out of the Australian market since we started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017,’’ the statement said.

“Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services through the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site.”

Consumers are directed to information about online gambling on ACMA’s website including a register of licensed interactive wagering services for consumers to check legal services in Australia.

Information to support Australians during the Covid-19 pandemic, including about the risks of online gambling is available on the ACMA website.

For information about protecting themselves from illegal gambling operators visit

 https://www.acma.gov.au/protect-yourself-illegal-gambling-operators