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Connecticut Issues 'Warning' Over Offshore Betting

State Says Only Three Operators Allowed To Take Bets

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The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has issued a “warning” over some betting sites.

“With NFL and college football seasons just around the corner, these illegal sites are targeting consumers now,” the agency alleged.

According to the department, there are only three online gambling operators approved to offer internet gambling in Connecticut: DraftKings, FanDuel, and Play Sugarhouse.

“The Department is aware of numerous illegal offshore gambling businesses soliciting Connecticut consumers to place wagers via their online platforms. These illegal gambling websites are not licensed to accept wagers within the state of Connecticut and create a risk for users who may not realize these companies do not comply with state regulations created to protect consumes’ personal information and money.”

“If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. These illegal platforms will make promises of better odds, higher payouts and out-of-this-world sign-up bonuses allegedly endorsed by celebrity athletes just to entice consumers,” said DCP Commissioner Bryan Cafferelli.

“And while their platforms might look legitimate, they are illegal and not subject to regulation and inspection by the state. Consumers are putting their personal information and money at risk by using these platforms. If you choose to engage in gaming activities, do so responsibly and legally.”

“There are only three legal, regulated gaming operators in Connecticut,” said Attorney General William Tong. “Any other site soliciting bets is illegal and unregulated, and your money and personal information may not be protected. If you play, play responsibly. Please report any illegal gambling to the Department of Consumer Protection.”

The state also accused offshore gambling websites of often “call[ing] potential patrons directly and use high-pressure sales tactics to get them to make a deposit and place wagers.”

To avoid detection, the state claimed, the sites use “third-party vendors to hide the payments from a patron’s bank, which is obligated to stop financial transactions involving illegal gambling operations.”

 
 
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