The article states that "the problem is huge" with hundreds of people creating fake Facebook groups for their own profit. Some of these fake raffles are stating that money's raised would go to a specific charity, with many of these charities not seeing a penny of the raffle earnings.
Raffles are heavily regulated by the gambling commission and here at Zaffo, we take Raffle scams extremely seriously. We are licensed by the Gambling Commission to run online raffles as External Lottery Managers; this ensures that anyone who uses our platform is running their Raffle(s) legally. We ensure that everyone who signs up to Zaffo is extensively investigated before setting any Raffle live for the public.
Andy Smythe at the BBC addresses the fact that many Raffle scams who promise prizes don't often go to winners. There is a massive issue with Raffle organisers not drawing winners correctly and/or not giving away the prizes Raffle players were promised.
At Zaffo, we have developed a system that ensures all Raffle winners are drawn fairly and that winners are contacted by Raffle organisers within a certain time frame to arrange Raffle prizes being sent. In addition to this, we require all raffle organisers who sign up to Zaffo to ensure that they are licesed by the correct authorities and hold the required license to run raffles and lotteries.
We recommend that anyone who is looking to run a Raffle to contact the gambling commission in order ensure that all licenses are in place before proceeding with the Raffle creation process. We are more than happy to help guide you in this process. Please do download our free checklist to help guide you in your set up process or contact us directly firstname.lastname@example.org.