In a notice sent out on June 29, Monday, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) warned the public not to engage in illegal online gambling. Aside from the act being illegal, it also poses threats to one’s personal information.
The rise in illegal online gambling activity can be attributed to the stay-at-home orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Because most legal gambling avenues like casinos are closed, gambling enthusiasts turn to the internet for their gambling fix, even if it means participating in unlicensed games.
PAGCOR announced that they had found that certain individuals have been using social media to organize illegal Bingo games and promote online gambling. The regulator warned that engaging and patronizing these “schemes” puts one at the risk of being scammed, identity theft, and even credit card fraud:
“Fraudsters are taking advantage of social media and the uncertainties brought by the COVID19 Pandemic to scam your money, steal your financial information, and use your identity for illegal purposes.”
The regulator also reminded the public that only those licensed by PAGCOR and other government agencies are allowed to operate gambling activities in the Philippines. Any person or entity that does so without being given a proper license is committing a crime:
“It is illegal for any person other than those referred to in the preceding sentence to, in any manner, directly or indirectly take part in any unauthorized gambling activities, including online, internet, or remote gambling. (PD1602 in relation to RA10175, see also EO13 s.2017).”
The regulator invites anyone who encounters such social media posts to immediately report them to PAGCOR through firstname.lastname@example.org.