Date: 23.04.2024

by Adam Dworak

Last update: 08.05.2024 11:01

Rising Online Casino Fraud in Ontario

As the online casino industry continues to flourish, Ontario residents are urged to remain vigilant against an increase in fraudulent schemes.

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Recent incidents of deceptive social media ads falsely linking well-known establishments like Casino Rama to unregistered online casinos have prompted action from local authorities.

Vigilance Urged by Ontario Law Enforcement

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) have taken a proactive stance in addressing these online scams. According to CTV News Barrie, these fraudulent advertisements promise attractive gaming opportunities at unregistered platforms such as WinSpirit Casino, leading unsuspecting gamblers into potential risks.

An OPP spokesperson highlighted the dangers associated with these scams, stating, “While the allure of online gaming may be tempting, it is imperative for individuals to remain vigilant. These fraudulent advertisements pose a significant risk, potentially compromising users’ personal information and financial security.”

The Importance of Using Regulated Sites

The AGCO ensures that all licensed gambling establishments in Ontario adhere to strict standards concerning game integrity, data security, and player protection. This rigorous oversight is intended to guarantee a safe and fair gaming environment for all participants.

Despite the availability of regulated sites, an IPSOS study released by AGCO and iGaming Ontario indicates that over 13% of Ontarians still use unregulated sites. This fact raises concerns about the potential risks involved, as explained by AGCO’s CEO, Dr. Karin Schnarr.

AGCO’s Tips for Safe Online Gambling

In response to the rising prevalence of online casino scams, AGCO offers several tips to help residents avoid falling victim to fraudulent schemes. Key advice includes verifying the registration status of gaming sites and exercising common sense when encountering online advertisements.

This guidance follows similar warnings issued across Canada, such as the one from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries in January, cautioning against fraudulent posts related to an online gaming app for Club Regent Casino.

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