The Philippine Amusement and gambling Corporation (PAGCOR) has issued a warning to several online gambling websites that fraudulently claim to be affiliated to approved offshore gaming in the Philippines. Alejandro H. Tengco, Chairman and CEO of PAGCOR, warned the public to be cautious while visiting such websites since they may compromise personal and financial information.
PAGCOR has forwarded the findings of its investigations into these suspect websites to the Philippine National Police, the Department of Information and Communication Technology, and the National Bureau of Investigation for action. Tengco stressed that while some of these illegal websites have been shut down, others immediately spring up in their place. He urged the public’s assistance and alertness in identifying and reporting such frauds.
To combat this issue, PAGCOR is collaborating with law enforcement agencies and electronic payment service providers to explore the possibility of blocking payments to and from illegal gambling websites. This approach has proven effective in countries like the United States and Singapore. PAGCOR is also working with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to follow up on illegal sites that remain operational. Additionally, they are considering creating a landing site to redirect bettors to a warning page when attempting to access illegal websites.
Atty. Jessa Fernandez, PAGCOR Assistant Vice President for Offshore Gaming Licensing Department, urged the public to promptly report any unauthorized use of PAGCOR’s logo or misrepresentation of accreditation. PAGCOR is taking all necessary steps to address this issue and protect the public from misleading online gaming websites.
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