What can you do if an online gambling site is a fraud?

In this quick snippet, we review four simple steps that you can take to report online gambling hoaxes. Keep in mind that online gambling is still illegal in all 50 states and that the regulatory environment for internet gambling sites is like the Wild, Wild West. It’s best to avoid games of chance.

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1. Report the site to the Federal Trade Commission. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) helps prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.  The FTC also provides information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid frauds. The FTC enters internet fraud complaints into a database used by civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

To file a complaint visit ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

2. File a complaint with Your state Attorney General. Find a list of state AGs at naag.org.

3. Check in with the Better Business Bureau. File a complaint about a business, website, or non-profit or charitable organization at complaint.bbb.org.

4. Register with your local consumer protection office. Find an office near you at consumeraction.gov. Look under “Where to File a Complaint.”

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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