Online Gambling is a form of gambling that takes place over the Internet. It includes poker, betting and casino games. Some forms of online gambling are legal in some countries, while others are illegal.
Criminalities related to online gambling include fraud, money laundering, and the misuse of credit cards. In the United States, for example, online gambling is illegal in several states. In addition, federal law makes it a crime to operate or assist in the operation of an online gambling Web site.
Fraudulent online gambling is the most common type of cybercrime. It occurs when a person uses stolen bank or credit card information to deposit funds into an account or make a bet.
Illegal gambling is a serious problem, particularly in the United States. State laws against illegal gambling can be harsh, with penalties of up to five years in prison.
The federal government has also stepped in to stop gambling advertisements in the media. It has fined many mid to large publishers for accepting ads from online gambling companies.
A 2003 Department of Justice letter to media companies stated that they must stop running online gambling advertisements, or face possible prosecution. The letter said, “An advertiser who runs or accepts an ad from an ‘internet gambling site’ must not act as an agent of the site.”
The United States and other nations have developed sophisticated coding systems to identify illegal transactions. Credit card associations use these codes to block transactions that appear to be related to gambling.