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Online gambling 

Computerised gambling schemes are usually advertised as business opportunities or investments and generally target professionals, retirees or others with funds to invest. The systems usually involve betting on horses, but could include other forms of gambling.  Advertisements rarely disclose the true nature of the 'business' opportunity.

Operators often supply glossy brochures and sometimes use videos featuring well-known personalities promoting the schemes.  The equipment supplied with the package could range from a single computer disk to a whole computer system.

Despite the convincing sales pitch, not one of these schemes on sale can really guarantee success.  Some people have paid up to $20,000 for the scheme only to find they have done their money.

When consumers complain that the system did not work, the money back guarantee is not honoured and requests for refunds are rejected.

If things go wrong

If you have been a victim of a scam or if you know of any scam please report the scam through the Report a scam page if it is not on the Recent scams list or call Fair Trading on 13 32 20. The information you provide could prevent others from making the same mistake.