UK Gambling Commission launches new online confidential service to report criminal activity

The Gambling Commission has announced the launch of the Tell Us Something in Confidence service to make it easier to report criminal and suspicious activity anonymously online.

The service can be used to report activities in the UK such as:

  • match-fixing and sports betting integrity
  • underage gambling
  • money laundering concerns
  • suspicious activity
  • unlicensed gambling or criminal activity

The Commission notes that the new feature provides a one-stop service allowing users to anonymously upload supporting information connected to their report, such as photographs and documents. Users can also send further information by email or post. There is also an option for users to share contact information should they wish to be contacted about the information they provide.

The Tell Us Something in Confidence service can be used to provide any information that people believe relates to criminal activity under the Gambling Act 2005 or any other information that people may think could be useful to the Commission from a regulatory perspective.

The UKGC further notes that the service is primarily to be used for signposting criminal and suspicious activity. However, if users want to complain about a gambling business, they should follow the process outlined on its How to Complain webpage instead.

The Commission’s confidential telephone service to anonymously report criminal or suspicious activity will continue to operate as usual, the regulator added.

Back in November, the regulatory body appointed seven new commissioners to help regulate the gambling industry in England and Wales. These appointments, confirmed by Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, are said to bring a diverse array of experiences and knowledge from a range of sectors, and are expected to contribute to the commission’s objective of ensuring fair and safe gambling practices.