Law enforcement authorities in Italy have recently concluded a very successful sting operation against a ring of illegally run internet based gambling sites. The exercise was a major one and it is a point of pride for the Italian authorities since it has managed to nab a large number of gambling sites as well as their Mafia-linked backers. The sting operation is one of the biggest ones ever conducted in the country, and it represents a growing area of concern that the Mafia has its hands in the huge online gambling business. In this particular instance, the illegal operation was masterminded by criminals based in Salerno.
The fast growing and cash rich online gambling industry is a very attractive target for criminals and there are many different types of scams that target gamblers. In this particular instance, players were not aware of the fact that the games were fixed and that they were prevented from making huge wins. Most people trust the gambling site to generate results perfectly at random and they wager large amounts of money trusting their luck.
Mafia Links To Online Gambling
The police operation was conducted in different parts of Salerno and investigations are still underway. The investigation has been given the code name “Operation Jamm Jamm” because the Jamm Jamm club located in San Valentino Torio was one of the casinos that benefited from the profits of the online scams. It is no secret that the club has unsavoury connections with a number of Mafia outfits.
The head of the illegal gambling operation is believed to be Antonio Contaldo who is no stranger to the world of organized crime. As a matter of fact, he has well established ties to the Camorra syndicate in addition to the ‘Ndrangheta. The Jamm Jamm club, which is one of the most visible symbols of Contaldo’s wealth, has now been closed for good.
The police operation has also uncovered a connection to a well-known illegal gambling operator by the name of Luigi Tancredi. Also known as the King of Slots, Tancredi has been managing an illegal gambling ring for many years now. In addition, it is believed that he also owns popular gambling site DollaroPoker. He was arrested earlier this year, along with 10 other people, because of his involvement in an online gambling scam that attracted up to millions of Euros on a daily basis. Tancredi’s illegal operation involved the setting up of poker screens in gambling rooms and bars in different parts of Italy.
Security The Key To Better Online Gambling
The authorities in Italy could certainly have taken steps to stop this illegal gambling ring right from the outset. However, individual gamblers should also have taken the trouble to verify the reliability of a site before they deposited money into an account there. The Italian AAMS provides certification to casinos in order to enable customers to make the right decision. Therefore, individuals can do their bit to keep illegal gambling operations under control, and save their money in the process, by exercising caution when choosing a gambling site.