No Increase in Complaints Against Illegal Gambling
by Glenn Baird - May 19, 2020
The UKGC, the UK’s gambling regulator has released information today that they claim proves there has been no increase in the number of complaints being made against illegally operating gambling websites in the country.
The data that the Commission is referring to shows that there has been no increase in the number of complaints that they have received since arch 23rd, when the lockdown began in the UK.
There were 12 complaints made about 9 sites in March and 11 complaints about 11 sites in April, with the evidence suggesting there has been no real increase in the number of complaints being made in the last 12 months.
In the report the Commission state that they have a group of specialists who monitor reports of illegal gambling and who also have access to a variety of tools that allows them combat illegal websites and use those to ensure that that they are unable to offer their service to UK customers. The UKGC also works closely with National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to keep consumers in the UK safe, to educate those working in the gambling industry and the public at large.
Gambling Commission Executive Director: “Our data does not indicate there has been an increase in any illegal gambling in Britain during the Covid-19 crisis.
“It is an area we monitor carefully and where we find problems we use our broad range of investigatory powers, alongside stakeholders such as software providers, payment businesses and hosting companies.
“Tackling illegal websites and unlicensed operators is challenging and it is also resource intensive, but we are committed to continuing our work in this area to protect consumers here in Britain.”
A link to the report can be found here.