Turkey’s Banking Regulator Moves On Mobile Betting Transactions (Update)

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Dec 15, 2017

Limits placed on daily financial transactions via cell phones

The BDDK, Turkey‘s national banking regulator, has published new financial restrictions designed to clamp down on illegal gambling.

The new regulations were drafted in collaboration with the Banking Association of Turkey (TBB) and the Financial Crime Investigation Board (MASAK) (see previous InfoPowa reports).

The three institutions introduced a new system to increase data quality in tracking suspicious transactions on April 26 this year.

The new restrictions include 500 lira ($130) limits on maximum daily financial transfer orders to cell phone numbers – a practice often preferred by players over transfers to bank accounts, along with a limit of two mobile transactions a day per person.

Passwords sent to receivers for security purposes will be valid for only one day, and such transactions will require the ID numbers of the sender.

The new restrictions follow bans on bank accounts linked to illegal betting websites imposed earlier this year by MASAK; these resulted in illegal operators resorting to mobile transactions to circumvent the official action.

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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