November 15, 2020

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) increases efforts to block illegal ‘dipping’ lotteries

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) increases efforts to block illegal ‘dipping’ lotteries

The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), Netherland’s gaming authority, has just announced that it will now be reporting illegal ‘dipping’ lotteries on Facebook to the social media giant.

By definition, ‘dipping’ lotteries pertain to games where players can pay to enter prize draws for cash and other prizes. Entrance fees to join these games are paid through online banking to operators based in the Netherlands and other countries.

The gaming authority has already reported a violation to Facebook, including a request to remove a group wherein the lotteries take place, for which Facebook has already taken action to.

The Kansspelautoriteit has been receiving reports of illegal online lotteries for quite some time now, and they have also announced a warning to players to avoid them in February this year. According to the KSA, such activities are not legal in the jurisdiction.

The KSA has opened thirteen (13) investigations concerning this issue in recent months and has reached out to the social networking giant to collaborate.

The gaming authority explained that Facebook has shown interest in stamping out illegal gambling activities, and therefore will be collaborating with the regulator to fight against any illegal gambling promotion.

If the KSA reports an illegal lottery activity violating Dutch laws to Facebook, the social media network can remove the group in question in accordance with its own guidelines.

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