The government in Vietnam has launched a huge crackdown on all gambling companies that send spam messages in an effort to promote gambling. The local news outlet Viet Nam News have reported that six companies have already been fined a total of $23,732 since the start of August.
Officials from the Ministry of Information and Communications Inspectorate agency said that three of those companies have been charged with sending spam messages, not giving players correct information on fees or how they can cancel their services.
The Chief Inspector from the Ministry of Information and Communications has said that the agency will continue to target companies that don’t abide by these rules until the end of the year.
The Asian country has already outlawed gambling since 1948 and they are just now considering a proposal which would increase the severity of punishments for gambling activities. Under their current Penal Code, any gambler who is caught wagering stakes over the sum of $88 can face jail time from a minimum of three months.
Despite all of this there are still some lawmakers who are pushing for the decriminalization of gambling in the country. During a discussion about the amendments to the Penal Code, a number of lawmakers urged the government to at least stop considering the activity as an actual crime. Pham Xuan Thong who is the representative of the northern province of Thal Bihn said that it would be a lot better if they would organize gambling activities in a more sensible and manageable way.