Thursday January 16,2014 : POLICE INTERACT WITH DELEGATES AT LONDON GAMBLING EXPO
Metropolitan Police Gaming Unit will have a stand at I.C.E.
London's Metropolitan Police Gaming Unit has made a proactive move to more closely interact with the online and land gambling industry by taking an exhibition stand at the upcoming International Casino Expo, scheduled for the Excel Centre between February 4-6.
A police spokesman said Wednesday that the initiative is part of the unit's ongoing commitment to disrupt Organised Criminal Networks (OCN'S) which target both land-based and remote gaming operators.
Detective Constable Matt Wake, who will be leading activities from stand N14-340 at ICE, believes the opportunity to meet with regulators, operators, suppliers and customers from across the globe represents a valuable contribution in the battle against fraud.
"ICE is the largest exhibition of its kind and will give us the opportunity to assure the gaming industry that attacks against them will be dealt with as a crime, and as such should be reported," he explained.
"We'll be discussing preventative strategies at the London show, and officers from the Fraud Squad's Operation Stirling will be present to answer questions and explain key issues to attendees."
Discussing the main areas of potential crime affecting the industry currently, as well as the Met's focus, Wake explained: "London is a tough target for criminals due to our presence, but cybercrime attacks on operators both front and back of house are on the rise.
"Our main business focus is disrupting OCN'S by arrest and prosecution, along with the investigation of corrupt gaming staff colluding with customers", he added.
"We've also ventured into online gaming and have just successfully prosecuted the first fraud case which not only affects the operator but innocent victims who have had their identity compromised.*
"The Met will be working closer with the gaming industry during 2014, and anyone wishing to find out more about our operations are invited to visit us on stand N14-340."