But he asks: “What is to stop that youngster using a debit card to purchase a Lotto ticket on the internet or mobile phone? Where is the policing of this aspect? Is there any at all?”
I put the point to Camelot via email and not only did I have them on the phone pronto, but it turns out that there are shedloads of checks in place.
After congratulating the store for passing the test, the spokesman assured me that Camelot doesn’t use underage kids they just look younger, all the better to reflect the real world where kids might try it on.
Insofar as online purchases go, a punter no matter what their age has to set up an account. Then a process called Interactive Age Check (or IAC), a recognised accreditation scheme, takes place to verify the age of the cardholder. There are in fact a whole raft of verification checks, using third-party agencies such as Experian.
While I didn’t know what checks Camelot had in place, I’m not surprised by it. Camelot has to be clean as a whistleor it’s game over.