SBR Scam Alert


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Offshore SCAM Sportsbooks

Online Sportsbook scams are a multimillion-dollar business. Over the last 5 years we've seen players lose millions of dollars, not because their bets lost, but because they sent money to scam sportsbooks. Here at Sportsbook Review, we rate every known sportsbook and issue SCAM Alerts to protect you and your money. Before you even think about sending money offshore, check the SBR SCAM Alert and the Rating Guide.

Don't be the next victim. Be aware of these common scam tactics you may encounter.

1. New Sportsbook with Large Bonuses (25%, 40% or more) - this is a very common tactic of new operations that don't know what they are doing. They open a new sportsbook (especially around football season) and offer large bonuses to get players to sign-up. Their business model is flawed from the beginning and will eventually lead to financial troubles, slow/no-pay disputes and eventual shutdown. Also beware of offers that combine High Bonuses with Reduced Juice, or Lines (odds) that are way out there. Obscure or soft lines can only mean one of two things: a lack of volume or that the book itself is gambling on events.

Promotions with high bonuses are also used by well-known scam operations to entice unaware players to deposit funds in their sportsbooks.

Remember: If a promotion looks too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Telemarketing or Cold-Calling - is a sign of desperation that the book may be getting ready to run for the hills. Scam telemarketers will use a variety of tactics to get their hands on your money. Some try to bully you, while others will charm you. In many cases it is a single high-pressure call or other pressure tactics requiring immediate decisions (usually to make a deposit). Watch out for anything that sounds fishy.

Remember: If a promotion over the phone does interest you, insist written information be sent to you before agreeing to make the deposit.

3. Outright SCAM Sportsbooks - usually open up right around football season. This type of scam operation is known as the deposit-only sportsbook because they do whatever it takes to get you to deposit your money with no intention of ever making pay-outs. The easiest way to spot a fake is to look for an address or phone number. If the site lists a phone number, call it and ask for their address. If they do not readily give you a valid address, consider them suspect and do further research before making a deposit. These rogue operations often use large bonuses, spam email and other shady tactics to lure players.

Remember: In this completely unregulated industry, you have to do extra research because there are no safety nets and only you are responsible for your funds.

Sportsbook Review recommends that players only make deposits at sportsbooks rated B- or higher. Once you find a sportsbook, stay up-to-date on scam operations, relevant events and business deals within the offshore sports gambling industry. Things change on a regular basis. That's why SBR offers a variety of RSS feeds and news wires you can use to access breaking news on scam operations, management changes and rating guide upgrades and downgrades.