FirePay extends online gambling ban to Canadian accounts

Another e-wallet provider has surprisingly notified their customers it will no longer allow transactions with online gaming merchants. The even bigger surprise this time, however: The customers are Canadians.

Online payment processor FirePay has taken the unexpected step of extending the ban on online gambling transactions for American players to Canadians, and indicated they will stop processing payments to online gambling merchants as of Feb. 21, 2007.

The official reason, as indicated in an email from a customer service representative for the Web-based money mover, is "a change in our merchant acceptance policy for Canadian consumers."

Players will however be allowed to receive payments from online gambling companies until Feb. 28, giving them a bit longer of a window to withdraw any money from their accounts.

The notification also said Canadian FirePay account holders will still be able to make purchases and receive payments from non-gambling online merchants, as well as withdraw and deposit money to and from their bank account.

Customers with any specific questions are being encouraged to email for clarification.

FirePay withdrew from the U.S. market shortly after the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in October.

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