Be Careful with Illegal Gambling Platforms Ahead of March Madness

A detailed view of the March Madness logo during a game between the Texas Southern Tigers and the Texas A&M-CC Islanders in the First Four game of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

The legalization of sports betting at physical sportsbooks and online has swept throughout America, and the state of Connecticut is no exception.

Connecticut’s head of Consumer Protection and the Attorney General joined forces to warn gambling enthusiasts ahead of March Madness, as reports of illegal gambling websites soliciting state residents came in.

DraftKings, FanDuel, and Play Sugarhouse are the current online operators in Connecticut. Still, even with a limited choice, bettors should value the trusted companies instead of taking the darker route to place March Madness wagers.

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Attorney General William Tony and the DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull released a joint statement.

“Any other gaming platform marketing to Connecticut consumers is doing so in violation of state law and should be reported to the Department of Consumer Protection,” Tong commented.

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The statement, released on Monday, coincided with the beginning of this year’s March Madness, the NCAA Division I basketball tournament that started this past Tuesday.

State officials reminded bettors that these sites aren’t licensed to receive wagers in Connecticut “and create a risk for users who may not realize these companies do not comply with state regulations created to protect consumers’ personal information and money.”

Dirty Tactics

Dirty tactics such as making personal phone calls to customers to encourage them to place deposits are just one of many illegal and unethical approaches they take. The official stated that a third party has also been known to hide payments from a user’s bank account, which would prevent a bank from stopping a transaction if they realized illegal gambling was going through the account.

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“These illegal offshore gambling websites are highly professional organizations with large budgets, and often they market directly to Connecticut consumers using endorsements from retired famous professional athletes,” said Seagull.

“But these platforms are illegal and not subject to regulation and inspection by the state. That means the games haven’t been reviewed to ensure they are run fairly, and consumers are putting their personal information and money at risk by using these platforms. If consumers choose to engage in gaming activities, they should do so responsibly and legally.”, stated the DCP Commissioner.