The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) announced that the first overseas gambling websites that will be blocked are Fair Go Casino and Emu Casino. As part of an attack plan against illegal gaming activities, ACMA will block both sites through Internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia.
After receiving a series of complaints and complaints related to both brands, the ACMA initiated an investigation and discovered that the two sites have been illegally offering online casino games, which are prohibited by the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
Following the findings, the Australian media regulator requested that ISPs block access to both websites. The president of ACMA, Nerida O’Loughlin, commented that
“Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino are illegal sites aimed at Australians, and between the two we have received more than 50 complaints about their conduct.”
O’Loughlin rejected the way these sites have been operating in the country.
“They’re happy to take your money when you lose, but people have reported to us that they refuse to pay out winnings. If you have funds deposited with these, or any other an illegal offshore gambling site, you should withdraw those funds now.”
“They’re happy to take your money when you lose, but people have reported to us that they refuse to pay out winnings. If you have funds deposited with these—or any other an illegal offshore gambling site—you should withdraw those funds now.”
ACMA began this month to implement these blocking measures against foreign gambling websites that operate illegally in Australia.
The president of ACMA said that
“Enforcing Australian laws against offshore companies is a challenge. There is no single measure that succeeds in all cases.”
“Blocking access to websites sends a strong message that the ACMA can and will take steps to prevent illegal operators from targeting vulnerable Australians,” the official added.
According to ACMA records, since 2017 about 65 illegal operators have already withdrawn from the Australian market, after the agency began to apply stricter measures against unlicensed gaming sites. The measures include direct penalties to the management of these businesses, for example travel bans to and from Australia.