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CAN ADVERTISERS BE PROSECUTED?

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It would appear so in Taiwan…

 

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reports this week that a local advertising company promoting British Internet sport betting company Sportingbet has been raided and charged with gambling by police, shortly after the bookmaker’s founder spoke about his company on the island. Taichung-based Shijiwei Advertising was searched by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau, who seized computer equipment, accounting books and an alleged list of gamblers who had opened accounts with Shijiwei. Police said the search yielded evidence indicating that the company is Sportingbet’s partner in Taiwan and has attracted hundreds of millions of new Taiwan dollar wagers from local gamblers for Sportingbet.

 

The company provoked the authorities’ attention when it invited Sportingbet’s founder Mark Blandford to visit Taiwan to promote sport gambling on the Internet.

 

CATCH THE MEDIATOR

 

Not a transparent company it would appear

 

Another of those small but intriguing mysteries surfaced on the message boards this week when a poster coyly using the unprofiled “handle” of VC Mediator made an appearance, offering to assist the growing number of players who are experienced problems at Prism Casino.com and its close relative Virtual Casino.com.

 

With a weary cynicism born of many Slot Gacor encounters with tricky casino operators in an unregulated industry, experienced players asked VC Mediator to identify himself, his “independent” company and his industry experience. His use of a Virtual Casino email address immediately raised concerns of bias.

 

That’s when a remarkable reticence set in. At first ignoring the identity questions, VC then cut ‘n pasted a lot of largely irrelevant text book stuff presumably to pad out the response, and said that his/her company was experienced in mediation, was based in Costa Rica and had been contracted by Virtual (and presumably Prism) to mediate player complaints.

 

Pressed harder on the identity of the company the mysterious mediator then switched locations by saying the company was in Atlantic City, but still refused to name it, especially after one player said he would be in that area soon and would check the place out.

 

Email header checks reveal that VC Mediator was despatching from Virtual Casino alright, but the reluctance to provide such basic details as his own name and that of the company and its location casts grave doubt over the “independence” of this individual. If this was a deliberate move to mislead players, then it was clumsy, ineffectual and could backfire.