Lately, Macau appears to have become an easy target for wolves in sheep’s clothing, with some unsavoury characters masking themselves in lottery costumes without any affiliation with the city. It appears that Galaxy Entertainment has now become a target, as the company released a statement decrying any relation to any online gambling or betting site.
In the statement published on Galaxy ‘s website, the casino operator claimed that the Galaxy Macau, Broadway Macau and StarWorld Hotel “have no affiliations with any online gambling and betting sites, nor have we directly or indirectly authorised any websites and/or related companies to carry out any form of online gambling and betting activities for and on behalf of the company.” It did not specify any particular entity or site as the culprit behind misrepresentation, but added that anyone who believes a fake gambling site is supposed to contact police. The statement added that if individuals are “approached by any suspicious persons claiming to be in any way connected with Galaxy Entertainment” and “fake illegal gambling and betting websites.”
Galaxy hopes to fend off any attackers who believe it should be held accountable when they’re ripped off in setting the record straight. uiIt claimed in the statement that Galaxy “should not be responsible for any losses or damages that may result from any individual or entity’s access to and/or use of fake websites.” The Internet is too old and scams too prevalent for Netizens to be unaware of how to better protect themselves on the web.
The nearly back-to – back scams involving Macau-based gambling activity could be a pattern developing as scammers look for new ways to trick people in the wake of a Chinese government push to curb illegal gambling. The country, except in Macau, doesn’t allow the activity anywhere and has recently launched several programmes designed to keep it that way. As a result, the crackdown is forcing illegal operators to become creative, and potentially using ties to legitimate casino operators to boost their potential for success.
This is not the first time Macau’s gaming space has been a target for wolves, but the crackdown on China and COVID-19’s economic impact could potentially catalyse a new wave of scams. Hopefully, with China offering whistleblowers financial rewards, the problem isn’t going to become widespread.
You can read Galaxy Entertainment’s statement here.