The Australian Communications and Media Authority is on another shutdown spree. This time, affiliate and offshore sites are at the end of the regulator’s wrath. ACMA said it blocked these sites for operating illegally in the country.
The regulator listed over 10 sites it says breached the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001. These are the sites found on the wrong side of the law:
The regulator then asked internet service providers in the country to block customer access to these sites. ACMA started submitting blocking requests back in November 2019. This has seen the regulator block well over 375 sites after they were found to operate illegally in Australia.
Another 150 illegal iGaming operators withdraw from the Australian gambling market since the regulator started enforcing the new illegal offshore gaming regulations in 2017.
The ACMA released a statement following the latest round of website blocking. It said the move to block websites gives it a perfect chance to alert the general public about the illegal services offered on that site. This is through the message that appears should a player attempt to reach the site.
The statement went further to remind consumers that looks don’t always portray the true picture. They may not have appropriate consumer protections. Therefore, Australian gamblers indulging in these casinos are at a high risk of losing their hard-earned money.
November saw the Australian regulator issue its first blocking request affecting illegal offshore lottery sites. The affected sites were Red Fox Lotto and We Love Lotto. Both sites were found to operate in the country illegally.
The same month saw the ACMA issue a warning to Tabcorp. This operator was in the docks for accepting online in-game bets on a certain US college basketball game. Investigations by the ACMA revealed the operator accepted 37 of these bets during that event held on January 3, 2021. The whole matter was brought to its attention after the regulator received a complaint.
In-play betting on any event is illegal in Australia. This is according to the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001. In light of this, Tabcorp was on the wrong side of the law.