The gambling world is filled with scammers who are waiting to take your hard earned money right out of your pockets. Even with today’s Internet security and its higher level communication, there are still a good number of sports betting sites that you want to stay away from. We have put together our top 10 tips for staying safe and betting online.
Tip One: Who Are They?
The first thing you should do before spending even £1 at an online sports book is company research. Look for their information where they are located, if they have a phone number? If they don’t or you find any bad reviews we do not recommend using them and look for another site. If they have a number, maybe give them a call to make sure that it is in service.
Tip Two: Use Search Engines
Again before spending any money, take the time to visit a few search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo, and search for the site. You may find forums, reviews and or blogs about the company. Good or bad you will always find reviews online. A good place to start is Top 50 Bookies
Tip Three: Cash-out Time
Any good bookmakers will process payments within 24 hours. There’s no reason or excuse to wait longer. This information should be readily available on their website before you sign up.
Tip Four: Bonuses
Most online bookmakers will offer some sort of bonuses which is great. However, you have to be careful if an offer appears to be true it usually is! You need to carefully read the terms and conditions to see what you must do to qualify and withdraw the bonus. If there’s no information about the bonuses, it could be a scam. Make sure you check out blacklisted companies online and be sure to avoid them.
Tip Five: Contact Email
Feel free to email the sites to tell them you are thinking about joining their site and ask them a few questions, one of which could be their deposit ans withdrawal times if they are not obvious on their website if you are unable to find a email address there should be a contact form on the site where you are able to contact them to ask them the same. You should get a quick response, if you do not get one in a reasonable amount of time then we would recommend you steer clear.
Tip Six: Betting Lines
This is a simple tip. Rogue Betting sites may sometimes alter their lines to appear more favorable to the public. You should be looking at the lines from some other betting sites and make sure they are similar. Most betting sites will have various lines, but they will all be pretty close in terms of odds.
Tip Seven: Deposit Amounts
Any Betting Sites that are asking for a large initial deposit you should not be placing bets with. Any sites that are worth betting with, will let you deposit as little as £10. ANything over this amount we would not recommend you spend your money with
Tip Eight: Deposit Methods
Look for betting sites that offer a varied amount of deposit options. Sites that only take cash, check, money order and Western Union, are usually not good sites to be betting with. Reputable bookies will take deposits from 3rd party financial services like Paypal or Skrill.
Tip Nine: Small Deposits
You should refrain from depositing large amounts of money into any betting site. The amount you should deposit should last a few days and work towards that. Once you know the site is reliable and you are comfortable using it only then you should deposit larger amounts if you feel the need.
Tip Ten: Bonuses
If you are trying to get a bonus, you need to check the status (or points) after each bet has finished. Occasionally software can fail or make errors. This is not always the site trying to scam you, this can be a genuine error and if you contact the site they will usually rectify this for you without any issues.
If you follow these tips, it should put your mind at ease knowing you are able to gambling safe without being scammed, and you are able to have a more enjoyable betting experience and hopefully some big wins!