US Citizens Victims Of The War On Gambling
from the snake-eyes dept
Executives at online gambling companies aren't the only ones getting hurt by the US government's recent actions against the industry. Plenty of law-abiding US citizens have had some of their funds effectively frozen in online accounts, with little recourse for getting it back. As online casinos and money transfer firms like NETeller stop taking dollars from US citizens, they've also stopped returning money to them. These companies insist that some method will be determined for users to get their money back, although it's unclear when that will occur, or what that will be. It's hard to imagine that any of them will try too hard to return money to depositors, if doing so could put them further afoul of the law. Some might argue that the gamblers were breaking the law, and shouldn't have any expectations of getting their money back. After all, if you were buying illegal drugs online, you wouldn't try to get a refund if your supplier went belly-up. But the law is targeted on the banks and other institutions that fund gambling, and it's not clear that actually placing bets online is a violation. So until that's specified, it's legitimate for gamblers to be upset about losing access to their funds.