Technology threatens to thwart Vietnam police's football gambling crackdown

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The Vietnamese police are finding it hard to control football gambling, which is getting more "high-tech" with around 30 new websites opening every day, a senior officer said Thursday.

Col Nguyen Thanh Hoa, head of the Ministry of Public Security's high-technology crime department, speaking at a conference on gambling during the ongoing Euro 2012 tournament, said his unit collaborated with Internet service providers to remove 181 gambling websites in Vietnam since June 5, preventing local gamblers from accessing popular gambling sites in the Southeast Asian region.

But despite this, the fight against football gambling remains tough as the bookies constantly create new domain names and IP addresses with access instructions.

Around 30 new gambling websites open every day, Hoa said.

Even if all websites are blocked, IT experts from several network providers said, gamblers still have other ways to bet, such as by using chat sites and social networks.

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They can also make phone calls to bookies in countries where gambling is legal.

A source from Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group said many gamblers have been transferring money abroad, adding the police should cooperate with banks to crack down.

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