You will find websites of operators that we recommend avoiding in the list below. They cheat and have problems with their clients.
What are bookmakers on the blacklist?
The online operators that we’ve put on this list have proven themselves to be fake and unregulated, which is why we advise you to avoid these betting websites. The reason why they ended up on this list is that they tried to scam their players. Most of these websites show up on the internet for a brief period of time, accumulate a lot of registrations, and then disappear without notifying the players or giving their money back.
In most cases, these operators have worked without any license. That’s why it’s essential to choose bookmakers that have a grant because this is a guarantee that they are regulated. In this way, players have a higher level of protection and have someone to turn to if there is a problem.
The blacklisted bookmakers are also known as “scam” bookmakers. They’re famous because their goal is to scam their clients. Most of the time, they scam them with payouts, account verification, accepting bets, and profit distribution. It’s also possible to come across a bookmaker that has fake bonuses whose conditions can’t be met.
What are the signs of a bookmaker that’s not recommended?
In order for us to be as useful as possible when you come across a shady online bookmaker, we’ve select different clues that you can use to determine if it’s legit or not. If it has all of the aspects we’ve mentioned, the betting website is almost certainly fake.
Pay attention to the location of the bookmaker’s headquarter. In most cases, these headquarters are located in the countries where the companies have a license. Needless to say, a missing company address is not a good sign.
Scamming bookmakers tend to offer unrealistically high bonuses to their clients, just so they can lure them as new customers. The idea behind this is to make the clients deposit a small amount of money in return of much-higher bonus amounts. However, in most cases, the bonus conditions won’t allow the clients actually to use the offer.
Having a lot of negative comments on the internet is another sign that a given bookmaker will try to scam you. Keep it in mind that such commands can be found for the licensed operators as well, however, if a particular company doesn’t have a license and it has negative comments, it’s probably better to avoid it.
A change in the website’s address
Many of the fake online bookmakers are usually operated by the same people, who only change the name of the operator and make slight design changes. However, their goal is the same - to scam their clients.
Fake or outdated license
Some online bookmakers indicate they have a license from a specific country. The renowned operators even have links to the regulator so that everyone can check if the license is outdated. The permits also have a number so they can be easily checked with the regulator himself. However, some of the shady bookmakers tend to use a fake number, or they just keep on using an outdated license.
Bad customer support
All serious online bookmakers aim at providing their customers with the best customer support. This happens via the customer support service. If you’re not getting any answers from a specific bookmaker, it’s pretty likely that there is no customer support at all, or it’s just programmed to send automated responses.
Websites that load slow
Thanks to the technological advancements, the bookmaker’s websites become easier to use. However, you can come across fake operators whose sites are slow and don’t load that fast.
Using unsafe connection
Another thing that may be an indication that an operator is not legit is the lack of an SSL encrypted connection when using the website. It’s always a good idea to check whether this is available because your personal data might be jeopardized.
Which are the most common things that blacklisted bookmakers do?
After we’ve covered the main characteristics and signs that you can use to recognize fake betting websites, it’s time to move on to their actions. In most cases, scamming operators use the same techniques in order to scam their clients, so here are some of the most common ones:
- Refusal to pay your profits
It is possible that you can open an account on a given bookmaker, verify it, win money and request a withdrawal. If that happens in a legit bookmaker, you will receive your money in a span of a few days. However, if that happens on any of the blacklisted operators, you won’t receive your money. It is possible that you’ll receive a message saying that the money is sent, but it won’t show up on your account. Another thing that they do is to refuse the payment without reason.
- They don’t accept specific types of bets
Most fake online bookmakers have the tradition not to accept certain types of bets, without any particular reason. They will just send you a message saying that you can’t place a bet right now or that the market is blocked, or you will be able to place a bet but only using a certain amount of money.
- They cheat with the bonuses
One of the most common scams among fake bookmakers is to offer unrealistic bonus offers. This is mostly done with the promotions for new players. The goal of these bookmakers is to lure the user into creating an account, make a deposit, and then receive the virtual bonus. However, from that moment on, it’s very unlikely for the bonus to be eligible for withdrawal or for the player to be able to withdraw his deposit.
- Closing accounts without any reason
If you come across a fake bookmaker, you may end up in a situation where you will want to enter your login details just to find out that there is no such profile. This means that it got deleted, alongside everything that you had in it. In most cases, you won’t be able to create a new account using the same details, but then again, probably no one will make the same mistake twice.
What to do if we come across a bookmaker scam?
If you’re unlucky and end up registering and playing on a betting site that happens to be fake, you can still do a few things. We advise you to check the specific website before you even create an account, however, if you’ve already done this, you can try some of the following things:
- Try talking to customer support - contact the bookmaker’s customer support if it has one. Ask them what’s happening with your account and your money and ask them to pay your balance immediately.
- Get into contact with the gambling commission - even though the scammy bookmaker won’t have a license from the specific country, you can still try contacting this authority. It will be great if it can help you in any way, however, this rarely happens because the gambling commissions are responsible only for the licensed bookmakers.
- Contact the customer protection agency - another way of dealing with your problem is by contacting the customer protection agency. When this happens, try explaining to them what’s your issue and support. What’s more, there are specialized organizations just for the gambling sector, so you might ask them for help too.
- Contact us - we are always here for you whenever you need help in this regard. We will try to help you resolve your issue or at least point you in the right direction.
How to identify a bookmaker that’s trying to scam us?
There are specific signs that you can use to determine such betting websites. They include the lack of any kind of license, unrealistic bonus amounts, and other factors that you can learn more about on our website.
Which betting websites should we avoid?
We’re constantly updating a list of bookmakers that you should avoid.
Is there anyone that can help me if I end up on a “scam” bookmaker?
Yes, there are organizations that aim at protecting the users in the gambling business that you can ask, and they will help you resolve your issue.