Norwegian Regulator Blocks Online Gambling Payment Processors

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Dec 15, 2017

Lotteritilsynet has ordered Norwegian banks to halt payments to and from two payment processors

Forum posts from Norwegian players report that they have received bank notifications indicating that the Norwegian regulator Lotteritilsynet has directed that banks must block payments to and from two specific payment processors, and the banks will therefore be returning payments to and from the processors to senders.

The bank notifications named Magyar S.R.O (Trustly) and Entercash, and it appears that the transaction blocking was imposed with effect from December 1 following alleged evidence of non compliance regarding transactions between unlicensed operators and Norwegian punters.

Full details on the blocks can be found on the following link to the regulator’s website:

A rough translation on the reasons for the regulator’s decision reads:

“The reason for the decisions is that Norwegian banks and financial institutions are not allowed to convey deposits and cash games to and from foreign players. Most foreign gaming companies circumvent the ban by using payment solutions where transactions go through a payment service provider. The Lottery Authority has carried out supervision and found account numbers belonging to foreign companies that carry out payment services on behalf of foreign gaming companies. The ban applies to deposits, which are often made by bank card. The ban also applies to the payment of winnings, which often happens to the player’s bank account.”

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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