The Australian Communications and Media Authority has sent a further request to internet service providers to block another wave of illegal offshore gambling websites, as well as urging all Australians users of those in question to withdraw funds immediately.
The independent commonwealth statutory authority, which regulates communications and media services throughout the country, states that following an investigation the sites in question were found to have been operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
An inquiry was undertaken following numerous complaints about the services, including complaints about withholding winnings and poor player treatment.
The websites in question are Planet 7 Oz, Ace Pokies, Nordicasino, Reeltastic, Spintropolis, Enzo Casino, Times Square Casino and Royal Spinz.
Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 92 illegal gambling websites have been blocked. Over 100 illegal services have pulled out of the Australian market since the group started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.
“Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services though the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site,” the ACMA explained in a media release.
This follows a similar request made last month when the ACMA received 35 complaints before a subsequent investigation found those in question to also be operating in breach of the aforementioned act.
Those sites issued with blocking requests were Happy Hugo, Mucho Vegas Casino, Kahuna Casino, Rich Casino, Box 24 Casino, Bondi Bet, JokaRoom, Omni Slots, Fruits 4 Real, XPokies and Slottica.