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BCLC warns of online casino scams targeting B.C. players – Energeticcity.ca

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A fake Chances Casino ad. (Facebook)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) issued a warning on Monday about online scams imitating casinos.

According to BCLC, the scam will imitate B.C. casinos and deceive individuals into providing their financial information on illegitimate websites.

The scams start with fake posts and advertisements on social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, with logos, names and even exterior images of B.C. casinos.

The advertisements or posts will offer players exclusive bonuses and promotions if they register with the website or mobile app.

BCLC says none of these sites are associated with casinos in B.C. or the corporation.

PlayNow.com is the only online gambling website permitted to operate in the province.

BCLC’s official apps are BCLC Lotto!, PlayNow Poker BC and PlayNow BC Sportsbook.

BCLC social media accounts are verified with a checkmark, including BCLC, PlayNow.com, PlayNow Sports, Lotto BC and Casinos BC.

A fake Chances Casino Facebook page. (supplied)

BCLC says it is trying to have the posts removed but asks players to be cautious about the scams and about providing personal or financial information.

The corporation says its verified websites and apps will not ask for social insurance numbers, banking information or credit card details to claim a prize.

Another red flag to watch for is the suggestion that fees and taxes be paid on a prize, as there are none in Canada. 

Anyone unsure if a post is legitimate can contact BCLC directly at 1-866-815-0222 or online at corporate.bclc.com or PlayNow.com.

Individuals can also report suspected fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

If an individual suspects they have been the victim of a scam, they are advised to contact the police.

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