By Ahmed Matovu
KAMPALA: Many Ugandans are counting losses following the closure of BLQ Football Uganda.
The company has allegedly conned Ugandans over 50billion shillings in this business. The weak hearted have developed mental problems and fainted.
When was BLQ Registered in Uganda?
It was registered on the 18th of July 2022 and was supposed to expire on 18th July 2027 after a period of five years.
State for Finance-General Duties, Mr Henry Musasizi said Friday the company owned by one Mary Owori is registered with Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) but not licensed by the gaming board.
On Wednesday this week, the National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board (LGRB) Uganda advised the public to refrain from dealing with BLQ Football Uganda because it was operating illegally.
The public notice dated 11th October 2022 stated that BLQ FOOTBALL Uganda is not licenced to operate in the country.
Where are the BLQ Offices located?
BLQ Football Uganda headquarter offices are located at Kyamula near Total Energies Petrol Station, Salaama Road in Uganda’s Capital Kampala.
The company has been operating online. It had over 6,000 members across the country.
BLQ, which was just three months old in the country, had gained momentum among the betting lovers mostly in urban areas, institutions and universities.
Until the National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board (LGRB) Uganda on Wednesday advised the public to refrain from dealing with BLQ Football Uganda, many people never believed it was a scam.
Can it be traced?
Yes, BLQ Football Uganda can be traced!
According to an IT expert, if the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is interested in this matter, it can issue a letter and submit it to GoDaddy.com because it’s eligible and can provide the necessary information on who bought the site.
”Even if they used fake names to purchase the site, they can still be tracked because to buy a domain from GoDaddy.com, one uses PayPal or a card,” he said.
The IT expert further told ugreports.com that even if this card was an Airtel virtual card, UCC can still access it and then go to Airtel and ask for the information pertaining to the holder.
”If the person used their real card, then it’s game over for them as this card holds the real identity of the perpetrator and he would be nabbed,” he added.
This expert added that these things are easy to follow up and backtrack to the owner.
It is however only possible if the authorities are interested in the matter that any helpful information can be obtained.
Additionally all the sites that this conman has been using can be used in helping to track him/her down.
If it was one person administering all these sites and used one card to buy all the other domains, the time interval on which these sites go off can also be brought into context just like how he said that he uses a time interval of three months.
Therefore, once this is done, it can be observed to see if he’s the only one doing this or if these are different parties masquerading as one person.
This is very easy however if there are resources and brains who know what to do.
It’s not clear whether authorities will follow up this matter or let it slide down the gutter.
Gov’t speaks out
State for Finance-General Duties, Mr Henry Musasizi said Friday that a forensic investigation into the activities of BLQ football Uganda revealed that it has been operating illegally and fleeced unsuspecting Ugandans millions of shillings as they made wagers.
Other estimates based on the transactions on the BLQ platforms suggest that the bettors in the East African nation lost more than Shs60 billion.
However, Mr Musasizi told journalists in Kampala that the government is still trying to establish the exact amount lost by the victims, mostly unemployed youths who have resorted to betting as the alternative means for survive in a country experiencing high youth unemployment rates.
According to the minister, the BLQ sports SMC limited trading as BLQ Football Uganda had attracted close to 6,000 members to its online platforms.
“We have already closed it but further investigations are going to be done because we have to look at the possibility of recovering part or full amount of money,” Mr Musasizi said.
The acting chief executive officer National Lotteries and Gaming Board Mr Denis Mudene Ngabirano said several other companies like Crown Football Uganda, E-Cairo football and UGFootball are also operating illegally both physical and online and asking Ugandans to invest huge sums of money with promise of exceptional returns.
“As a gaming board we had to quickly come out to stop this given that you cannot carry out betting activities in Uganda without getting a license from the gaming board,” Mr Ngabirano said.
UGReports will keep you updated on any development regarding BLQ Football Uganda