Sportsbet fined $2.5 million
Sportsbet have been ordered to pay $3.7 million in fines and penalties after they were deemed to have broken Australian spam laws after sending more than 150,000 text messages and emails promoting gambling to customers who had tried to unsubscribe.
The amount is made up of $2.5 million for breaking the spam laws, with the remaining $1.2 million set to be distributed as refunds for Sportsbet customers who placed bets after receiving the marketing messages. Around 37,000 customers received the Sportsbet spam, which was sent in the period January 2020 to March 2021, with the firm offering either incentives to gamble or alerts about upcoming races.
Australian Communications and Media Authority said the company, a subsidiary of Irish betting giant Flutter Entertainment, also sent 3,000 marketing texts that did not include a way to unsubscribe. The fine comes as financial counsellors and suicide prevention experts have called for a complete ban on gambling advertising.