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Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud

iovation research: people in US are taking evasive measures to gamble online

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 11:29 AM CET

iovation has released findings that show how people in the US are bypassing system controls on gambling websites and apps.

The company’s analysis reveal that 4.13% of online gambling transactions originating from the US, predominantly to European gambling operators, used evasion techniques like trying to hide their location. In many countries and states, online casinos are restricted from accepting payments from US citizens, which means they are unable to offer them gambling services.

iovation checked more than half a billion online transactions it evaluated for its global gambling customers from March 2018 to March 2019. Among the types of evasion techniques iovation has detected with online gambling transactions include:

  • The use of the Tor Browser: Tor is a privacy protocol that is intended to help people browse the Internet anonymously;

  • Hiding behind a proxy: accessing the Internet through a proxy, a service that masks users' actual browser data, makes it more difficult to locate a user by means of an IP address;

  • Geolocation mismatch: a person isn’t in the same time zone as their device displays.

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