How to avoid online gambling scams
It was not until the start of the internet, and the “cyber-experience”, that gambling scams became as widespread and recognized as today. Yes, it is a fun past-time. You can sit at home and relax, while also try your hand at some of the most popular games via online casinos. But like most things, this story also has two sides; we are talking about the existence of online gambling scams.
The most common scam companies refuse to let you cash out your winnings when you’ve won some good rounds. This is very frustrating, and also not easy on your pocket because some online gambling scammers will even refuse to let you cash out the little money you’ve got left. We all know the common saying,:” winners know when to stop”, and when the light bulb in your head finally lights up and you realize you have to cash out, they simply refuse. Some online casinos make winning so difficult with absurd winning probabilities that it has now become essential for a gambler to research the companies well.
Before you start gambling online, you should first be aware of these two most common scams that online casinos are busy with nowadays.
- Bonuses that are illegitimate
Some online casinos offer you bonuses for playing their games. They come across as very sympathetic and aware of “scam casinos”. They feel sorry for you for being scammed before, and thus offer you a bonus to soft-soap you into playing with them. They might contact you via email and tell you of this “great deal”. But ask yourself: if I haven’t signed up with them, how did they get my details? Well, they probably got it from the company that scammed you in the first place, and are actually looking to rip you off again. And when it’s time for you to claim your bonus, you are suddenly ineligible to receive them.
Always remember the golden rule: “ if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is!”. So even if you haven’t been scammed before by online casino scammers, never take part in any of these type of offers. Because you probably won’t see the “bonuses”.
The good news is that there are ways for you to check the reputation of certain online casinos. Check their membership and affiliations. If they are part of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), then they are surely legit. The bad news, the can come across as legitimate. Check their logos. Most online scammers nowadays are copying the legit logos of real casinos, and then they try to pass it off as their own. This is very easy to do by anyone, you simply save an image of a legit casino’s logo, add it to the new “online-gambling-scam-casino” website, and you’re set to scam thousands of people out of their money. Do a simple check with your favorite search engine, like Google or Yahoo, type the name of the casino, followed by the word “review”. You should be able to get some very useful information about the organization.
Another 2 ways on how to spot an online gambling scam
- Vague or difficult to understand rules and regulations.
Scammers won’t lay down all their cards on the table, pun intended. They will always try to hide their agendas by sugar coating their terms. They just want to reap you of your money once they got you on the hook.
- Be aware of a money back guarantee
Oh this is a good one. Sounds so enticing doesn’t it? I mean what have you got to lose? Well, EVERYTHING! They won’t give you your money back. Another thing they like to do is give you FREE credits to play. This “something-for-nothing” deal is most probably a scam, please research the company thoroughly.
Happy gambling! Oh and remember, winners know when to stop… 😉