Macau authorities working to stop illegal betting on WeChat
February 12, 2018 9:16 AM
by Robert Mann
Macau authorities say as 2018 progresses they will continue to work with law enforcement agencies in Mainland China to stop the use of Chinese social messaging service WeChat for illegal betting. Macau’s Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak said late last week that the city’s Judiciary Police had been able to close five cases of “betting via WeChat” in 2017, reports GGR Asia.
“Crime syndicates solicited gamblers in mainland China using WeChat chat groups, [then carried out] transactions via WeChat Pay and broadcast casino games that took place in casinos in either Macau or the Philippines,” the Secretary detailed in a press conference.
The WeChat app contains a built-in payment element.
Wong added, “The Judiciary Police will enhance their collaboration with mainland police departments to work on the prevention and, when necessary, investigation of such crimes.”