The UK Gambling Commission released a report that shows no increase in the number of complaints about illegal gambling websites during the UK Covid-19 lockdown.
According to their data, there were a total of 12 complaints regarding 9 gambling websites in March and 11 complaints regarding 11 gambling websites in April. The number of reports has been stable over the past 12 months, except the peak that happened in January 2020 which was mostly due to a gambling company based in Curacao. The company was trying to lure British customers that have already signed into the country’s self-exclusion scheme
Richard Watson, the Executive Director of the UKGC explained their data doesn’t indicate that Coronavirus caused an increase in illegal gambling activities in Britain. He also confirmed how illegal gambling is an area the Commission monitors carefully and is constantly using their broad range of investigatory powers to address such problems. He accentuated the fact they co-operate with stakeholders such as software providers, payment companies, 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,” Watson concluded.