Scam Alert: Latest Sportsbook impostor is 5Quarters.eu
To the player familiar with the real 5Dimes sportsbook product, 5quarters is almost humorous, a parody of the top shelf product that has been online for over 17 years. 5quarters uses a stripped down 5Dimes HTML page with some of the images that 5Dimes has used in the past.
The old 5Dimes logo is enlarged, likely with Microsoft Paint, so that the brand name can accommodate the stock image of a larger quarter instead of the dime. Even some of the internal links on the page go to 5Dimes' website blog posts.
What is not funny is the scams that can take place using brand familiarity and misplaced confidence. Players should check the SBR rating guide and reviews for exact URLs and not signup with sportsbooks who cold call with too-good-to-be true offers and/or offers that can't be verified on the official website.
Squatting off a sportsbook name or likeness is nothing new.
Top sportsbooks like DSI and TheGreek have been targets in years past. The most common occurrence is a sportsbook sales person calling a customer list and pretending to represent a top sportsbook while also introducing a secondary offer on behalf of the scam outfit. In actuality there is no relation between the two companies and the rep is either no longer with the known bookmaker or never was. The calls typically started like this: "Hello, this is Joe from XYZ sportsbook. Im also you account manager at XYZ sportsbook and I have this amazing offer!". Less common is the scammer trying to hijack the website experience. In this case it is possible players may be somewhat familiar with the brand name of 5Dimes and may have seen the site once or twice but not yet signed up. The sales person may attempt to get them to load 5quarters website and offer a large bonus with a deposit they may never have access to again.
Scammers have even attempted to use the SBR brand to steal funds. In November of last year, SBR was forced to post this warning:
"Beware of SBR Impostors & email scams
Scammers pretending to represent SportsbookReview.com are emailing bitcoin betting sites seeking payment to a Gmail address in exchange for advertising. SBR staff only send email from official @sportsbookreview.com addresses and do not ever ask for payment to review sportsbooks. Similar to the scam reported in April of 2011, the hustlers are setting their sights on marketing departments attempting to pass themselves off as SBR employees. In the most recent scam, a video review was promised in exchange for payment through BTC. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns over the authenticity of any correspondence with an unknown contact claiming to work for SBR."
These thieves have taken the email-for-dollars scam much further registering domains that appear to be SBR's or a well known sportsbook. In the case of SBR the scammers would email well regarded sportsbooks from seemingly SBR email domains with a single altered character such as SportsboOokReview.com and ask for SBR Odds advertising funds via unrecoverable cash payment method's such as Bitcoin or Western Union.
Sportsbooks and readers will continually be warned to verify validity of communication.