State warns of illegal gambling platforms ahead of college basketball tournament – NBC Connecticut

As we get closer to the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, some state leaders are issuing a warning about sports betting and the risk of betting through platforms that are not licensed to operate legally in the state.

State Department of Consumer Protection and Attorney General William Tong warn that only three gambling operators are approved for internet gambling in Connecticut and they are DraftKings, FanDuel and Play Sugarhouse.

The warning comes as the department has received reports of illegal offshore gambling businesses soliciting Connecticut residents to bet through their online platforms.

Officials said illegal gambling websites are not allowed to accept bets in Connecticut and warn that users may not realize that these companies are not complying with state regulations created to protect gambling. personal information and consumer money.

“These illegal offshore gambling websites are highly professional organizations with big budgets, and often they sell directly to Connecticut consumers using endorsements from famous retired professional athletes,” the Department’s commissioner said. of Consumer Protection, Michelle Seagull, in a statement.

Seagull warns that games have not been reviewed to ensure they are run fairly, and consumers are putting their personal information and money at risk by using them.

Tong said companies other than DraftKings, FanDuel and Play Sugarhouse that market to Connecticut residents violate state law and should be reported to the Consumer Protection Department.

Warnings regarding illegal sports betting

The State Department of Consumer Protection and Attorney General William Tong warn:

  • Illegal offshore gambling websites often call potential customers directly and use high-pressure sales tactics to get them to make a deposit and place bets.
  • These companies tell people that it is legal to place a bet on these sites from Connecticut when it is not, and there is no guarantee that you will receive any winnings.
  • These sites often use third-party vendors to hide payments from a customer’s bank, which is forced to stop financial transactions involving illegal gambling operations.

If you are aware of the marketing of illegal gambling businesses in Connecticut, report it by emailing [email protected]

Connecticut gambling information is available online here at ct.gov/gaming.

Information about services available in Connecticut for those who may have a problem with gambling can be found at portal.ct.gov/problemgaming. Learn more about self-exclusion at ct.gov/selfexclusion.