Illegal gambling and crimes related to it are really widespread in Macau. Their growth has been also observed since the beginning of 2016.
Chao Wai Kuong, Director of the Macau Judiciary Police (PJ), reported during the ceremony devoted to the 56th anniversary of its foundation that the number of crimes which are more or less related to gambling activities has significantly increased and reached 660 cases by May 2016. It is 15.6% higher compared to the same period in 2015. The ascending trend is obvious. In the first quarter of 2015, there was an 11.2% increase only.
Taking into account the experience of the local police, such crimes can be subdivided into two groups: loan sharking and attempts to wheedle money out of those who have debts. Loan sharking prevails. The 65.7% increase was observed, namely by 179 cases.
The number of gambling-related crimes increased by 33% compared to the period from June 2014 to May 2015. As for the cases of loan sharking, their rate was elevated by 60%.
It is interesting to note that residents of Macau suffer very rare from fraudsters and cheaters. Therefore, the most common victims of scammers are foreigners who attend local casinos in order to try their luck.
The police are trying to combat illegal activities. For example, eight Chinese residents were suspected of organizing a ring and arrested. They were accused of loan sharking.
According to estimates, the gang included sixty members. The scheme of their use was very peculiar. They were sent by groups consisted of ten individuals. The groups were periodically replaced by the new ones.
The members of the gang were arrested by the police in their apartments. The police also found weapons. The ring members searched for potential customers in Macau and invited them to gamble.