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10th October 2017  
 
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The Story

Local police officers in Antwerp in Belgium are under investigation for allegedly using data of private citizens to register online gambling accounts.

 

That is so messed up.

It is. It was found that the 30 officers who were involved opened hundreds of online gambling accounts using the names and national registration numbers of random members of the general public, opening up these officers to potential charges of identity fraud.

 

How did they get busted? 

The modus was reportedly uncovered due to an unrelated probe into allegations of extortion of some policemen from illegal immigrants. This led to the discovery of that an officer had made multiple bank transactions with online gambling sites. Further digging showed that more officers had similar transactions. 

 

Why can’t they just use their own names? 

It’s because it will be against the law. Belgian law prohibits police, bailiffs and notaries from gambling in casinos or via online gambling sites. Their national registration numbers are thereby provided to online gambling sites in order to block their ability to open accounts with gambling sites. Thus, these dishonorable policemen used data from random citizens.

 

Takeaway

The discovery of the scheme by Antwerp policemen is just the tip of the iceberg. Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) director Peter Naessens said that more police officers in other provinces have also adopted the same scheme. ​

 
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