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SCAM ALERT: BetCharter involved in an elaborate con for $9,500

09.23.2004

BetCharter (hosted by BetRoyal) is apparently run by con artists who contact players that have subscribed to free sports picks from freeMailPicks.com.

Once the touts (calling themselves "a betting syndicate") make contact with the player, they tout the player into making deposits to BetCharter. The bait is a profit-sharing arrangement with Charter fronting $86,000 with an agreement to split the profits 50/50 on games picked by the "betting syndicate". The catch is the player has to invest 10% as part of this joint venture.

The player is enticed with discounts until he makes the deposit. When the $86k doesn't showup in the joint account, the player calls Charter. Charter tells the player that the discounted price expired and he must deposit more in order to meet the requirements for this program.

When the player can no longer or refuses to deposit further, Charter touts announce that there are no refunds and the deposit has been forfeited to the syndicate. The player reports being taken for $9,500.

CRIS (SBR rating A+) proudly joins SBROdds.com

09.23.2004
The CRIS betting odds will start to display by this weekend. Players who enjoy looking over the early lines will enjoy CRIS due to the fact that CRIS is the creator and first to open most betting odds.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.22.2004
PlaceMyBet (SBR rating C-), of the Sportingbet PLC family, slow-paying player for over 1 month. Problems with sportsbooks under the SBT brand are becoming increasingly difficult to resolve.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.22.2004
BetPlatinum (SBR rating D) slow-paying player $3,132. Platinum also refuses to pay an additional $2,505 owed. They claim the player is a wiseguy who was told not to continue wagering before these additional funds were won. 

Frequently asked question by players:

09.22.2004

Do any sportsbooks still take credit cards? Funding a sportsbook account is becoming increasingly difficult as VISA and Mastercard look to block these transactions. Sportsbooks that have the highest success rate for credit card deposits are:
• Bet365.com  (SBR rating A+)
• Wagerstreet  (SBR rating B-)

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.21.2004
Ewinner (SBR rating F-) shuts down operation. Ownership states that they will not be paying player balances which are estimated at $50,000 to $60,000. All accounts have been deactivated.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.20.2004
Owner of troubled sportsbook, Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-), contacts SBR claiming he will settle all outstanding accounts. Players owed money may request SBR supervise and confirm payments by writing to assisstance@sportbookreview.com.

SBR mailbag:

09.20.2004
Player reports waiting over 3 months for payout from AllStar Sportsbook (SBR rating C-). English Sports Betting (SBR rating F-) continues to stiff customers. Latest complaint comes from player owed $1,400. Sports Interaction (SBR rating D) reportedly admits being behind in payouts when player inquires about $2,500 slow-pay.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.16.2004
Player reports no-pay from Action Online Sports (not rated). AOS phone lines and email appear to be down. SBR also received two new slow-pay complaints from Sports Interaction (SBR rating D) players.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.13.2004
Player reporting OklahomaSportsBetting (SBR rating D-) slow paying $8,400 for over three weeks. The player claims OSB never delivered his cashiers check via Fed Ex. Oklahoma states they are working with their bank to find out if the check has been cashed, but now they refuse to give the package tracking number to SBR or the player. SBR will follow this situation closely.

How do you pick a sportsbook? A yearly reminder to BE CAREFUL!

09.13.2004

Every year SBR receives a number of complaints from players who managed to turn a small deposit into a not-so-small fortune only to find out too late the sportsbook they chose will not pay them. Out of the 500 sportsbooks located offshore there are only 68 with a B- rating or higher. Many are Mom and Pop micro operations with fancy websites. Protect yourself from fraud and stay with sportsbooks rated A- or higher. If you are fortunate enough to go on a "roll of a lifetime" you will be glad you were also smart enough to choose an 'A' rated sportsbook. How SBR rates sportsbooks.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Pariaction Sportsbook to reopen

09.10.2004
by 9/17/04. 121bets and Worldbookie are also new sites that are part of this Pariaction brand. Management tells SBR that this company is backed by new investors. SBR does not currently have a rating for Pariaction.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.06.2004

It is confirmed that ownership of the defunct Apex Sportsbook is managing Platinum SportBets (SBR rating F+). The main figure in the Apex disaster, Robbie McPhail, is introducing himself as Platinum SB’s customer service manager. SBR cautions players of this new site, www.4platinumsportsbook.com, and its excessive promotional offers.

SBR Scam Alert:

09.02.2004
Player reports being stiffed for over $3,000 from English Sports Betting (SBR rating F-). Latest victim claims he has been owed over 4 months. ESB tells SBR they have not had the funds due to a bad baseball season. Players should avoid ESB/Telebet at all costs. This is a notorious deposit-only sportsbook.