British Columbia warns of ‘predatory and sophisticated’ gambling scams mimicking legit casinos

British Columbia warns of ‘predatory and sophisticated’ gambling scams mimicking legit casinos

Article brief provided by CTV News Vancouver
  • CTV News Vancouver
March 4, 2024 8:20 PM

British Columbia’s provincial gambling body is warning the public about a series of online scams that are allegedly tricking people into providing their financial information by mimicking advertisements from licensed local casinos.

Story continues below

The B.C. Lottery Corporation says the scammers are using social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to offer would-be gamblers exclusive bonuses and promotions if they register their financial information with a fraudulent website or mobile app.

An advisory Monday from the BCLC says the advertisements are highly deceptive, using the names, logos and exterior images of legitimate B.C. casinos.

The lottery corporation says none of the advertisements or websites are associated with the BCLC or the province’s casinos.