Several scammy online betting sites – some of them active for as many as 4 years – have been reported to defraud Australians of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although they received numerous reports, authorities haven’t managed to apprehend the perpetrator.
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this incident, but here’s the shorter version of the story. A man from Queensland, Australia, is suspected of operating over a dozen scam websites that promise high earnings to anyone willing to place a bet on sporting competitions.
Officers from New South Wales (NSW) investigated the multiple reports received from victims, but they were denied the request to apprehend the criminal. Instead, the case was referred to Queensland Police.
In January, the authorities from Queensland were given the evidence, but so far they failed to do anything about it, despite the fact that the number of victims was growing by the day. The evidence includes IP addresses, bank account details, physical addresses, and even CCTV footage which shows the suspect withdrawing money from an ATM.
The law enforcement agency’s representatives have stated that the matter is “being assessed” by their fraud unit, but they’ve failed to confirm if there’s an ongoing formal investigation.
Some of the victims have reportedly lost as much as $80,000 (€64,000) and some of them are quite desperate to recover the money. Individuals reported that they won considerable amounts of money, but the company kept delaying the payments.
Even more worryingly, some of the scam websites are still online, offering their services.
In the meantime, after seeing that the police aren’t in a hurry to help them recover their savings, some of the victims have taken matters into their own hands. They are determined to physically harm the con man if they manage to locate him.