The digital world has become a mainstay, and for most of us that work and play regularly online are exposed to many different offers that have become quite familiar, and most of us already know how to avoid these scams with a quick glance.
But what if your not aware of the many unscrupulous offers being directed through cyber space and happen to innocently click on a link from an offer that sounds just to good to pass up?
Rule #1… Never open an email attachment or click on a link from someone you are not familiar with. The internet is an extremely powerful sales tool and there are a great deal of people wanting to capitalize on the seductive charms that come with the relatively new social “tech” world in which we currently exist.
The online betting and gaming industry can be used for these scams and unfortunately we see it on a day to day basis here at CPR. Innocent players receiving an email offer that sounds just too good to be true. If it sounds too good to be true it most likely is.
In the recent IPL (Indian Premier League) scam involving a spot-fixing scandal, 11 bookies were arrested for illegal betting in India as part of anti-corruption measures after a police probe found them guilty of fixing.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term spot-fixing, it is an attempt to defraud bookmakers by means of a player agreeing to under perform in a prearranged deal. Players should also be aware of match-fixing scams that invite users via unsolicited emails to pay for information about “guaranteed” winners.
In the online casino industry, spam advertising via email is commonly used in all major languages according to Kaspersky Labs. In a recent post warning unsuspecting players about gambling industry scams, the anti-malware technology company stated,
“Fraudulent websites advertised in spam are predominantly hosted in countries where gambling is legal, but the site will be accessible to users all over the world. This suits the fraudsters because it will be difficult for victims to find the owners of a website that has already disappeared from the Internet and was registered in a different part of the world.”
There are several identifying ways to spot an illegal site, these sites are known for sending out spam emails that invite the end user to pay for information or claim you have “won cash” or been “randomly selected” as a lottery winner etc.
The Spamhaus DBL, a non profit founded in 1998 located in Geneva, Switzerland and London, UK in a nutshell “tracks the Internet’s spam operations and sources, to provide dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, to work with Law Enforcement Agencies to identify and pursue spam and malware gangs worldwide, and to lobby governments for effective anti-spam legislation.” This is a good resource to become familiar, Spamhaus project offers valuable consumer protection information to keep you informed.
An example of some online casino scam emails that players may receive might look something like these:
“Claim Your Free Cash”
“International Sweepstakes Lottery Scam”
“Have We Got A Bonus for You!”
These scam websites all have one thing in common and that’s to obtain your personal information in order to illegally make a profit. Clicking on links or opening attachments in these types of emails is inadvisable and deleting them before your curiosity gets the better of you its highly recommended.
If you’ve signed up and confirmed to an email newsletter to receive bonus news and current information, add the newsletter email to your safe list through your email client (Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail etc.). Any additional emails you receive can then be considered spam.
Another safeguard is to install anti spam software to immediately remove phishing emails to a junk folder. This will grab unsolicited emails and remove them from your inbox where you will hopefully never lay eyes or your mouse on them again. Anti spam software isn’t always foolproof but they can catch a good portion of it.
According to Symantec, “Phishing is by all means the most widespread type of online gambling fraud.” Another safeguard to prevent unauthorized access to your personal details is to never use the same login and password for your online casino accounts as you would for your banking or other personal or financial accounts. I know that should go without saying but some people still do it and most have wound up severely regretting it.
Remember there are relatively simple ways to prevent becoming a victim to online casino scams. The first of course is playing at licensed and regulated online casinos. The ones that have been around for years with no complaints. We’ve made this very simple for our website visitors by making a list of the best online casinos in the world. These are the one’s that we never get complaints about and the ones that pay their player without the frustration of getting what we call the “Cashout Runaround”. When you request a payout from any of our approved casinos that is exactly what you get. A payout. We’ve been doing this for the past 12 years and we’re good at it. We know hands down who the good, the bad and the downright ugly casinos in the industry are.
Remember to play smart from the start. And if you ever have an issue with any of our approved casinos we will step in on your behalf to get it resolved. That’s our guarantee from us to you!