ACMA Bans Illegal Casino-Style Websites

The communications watchdog will pursue a ban on an illegal gambling site visited by more than 30,000 Australians each month.

An illegal gambling website that took tens of millions of Australian dollars will be blocked after the communications watchdog intervened.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has called for to be banned by internet service providers, with data showing around 30,000 Australians visit the site each month.

The site operates online casino games, which are illegal in Australia.

ACMA President Nerida O’Loughlin said it was the most impactful illegal gambling site her organization had blocked out of more than 500.

“We’ve had more complaints about this year than any other illegal gambling site, and it’s clearly hurting the Australian community a great deal,” she said.

“Complaints range from people losing large sums to the site’s refusal to honor deposits and winnings.”

Ms O’Loughlin said illegal gambling sites don’t offer the customer protection that licensed services do, meaning there’s “nothing you can do about it” if a site keeps your silver.

More than 160 illegal services have left the Australian market since the ACMA began enforcing stricter offshore gambling rules five years ago.

The ACMA also called for eight other illegal gambling sites to be banned.

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