Chinese police target illegal Euro 2024 gambling

Chinese police target illegal Euro 2024 gambling

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Chinese police target illegal Euro 2024 gambling

While football enthusiasts across the globe are thrilled by the UEFA European Championship (Euro 2024), Chinese authorities have been actively cracking down on a surge of illegal online gambling operations linked to the event.

In recent weeks, Chinese police have cracked down on multiple scams exploiting the Euro 2024’s popularity for illegal gambling. Beijing authorities dismantled three online gambling rings, arresting 21 suspects and seizing various items. In Chengdu, two suspects were arrested for amassing over RMB400,000 ($54,994) in bets via a WeChat group.

Scammers often create fake betting site links mimicking the official Euro 2024 website, tricking users with initial small wins before shutting down the site and stealing their money. Fraudulent text messages also claim users have won prizes, leading them to transfer money or give away personal information.

Beijing police urge the public to be cautious with online gambling and protect personal privacy. This crackdown is part of a broader effort to maintain public security during Euro 2024. Hong Kong authorities reported 62 arrests related to illegal gambling, involving over HK$460 million ($58.9 million). Investigations and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies continue.

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