ATHENS – The Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) will ban all TV phone-in games after complaints viewers were lured into making repeated calls with high charges.
The agency asked Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis to amend the existing legal framework so that the games could be prohibited on TV.
“The ban is recommended in order to protect the public and in particular minors and vulnerable social groups,” the gaming watchdog said in a proposal. Many elderly were said to be victims of the scam to make them keep calling a telephone number with rates of 1.95 euros ($2.50) per minute and more.
Commission officials spoke of the efforts made by certain television channels to trick viewers, asking them to call numbers with a high charge rate repeatedly to enter draws to participate in the game, the subject of complaints both to EEEP and the National Broadcasting Council (ESR).
The shows are all over Greek TV, on many stations, featuring pitch people enticing people to call in to win prizes. It wasn’t said if anyone legitimate has won.