Online Casino Fakes and How to Spot Them

Spotting fake online casinos

Lillie Mcguire
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 12:03pm

The unfortunate truth is that the World Wide Web is not only saturated with reputable online casinos, but also fakes that hold the potential to put players’ financial and personal security at risk, whilst discrediting the entire gaming industry. Fake online casinos have been known to steal winnings and use corrupt software to put players at an unfair and hidden disadvantage.

The good news is that there are not many fakes out there and that the vast majority of online casinos are legitimate, licensed gaming destinations. But the fakes do exist and it's important to know how to spot them. Poker players should also watch out for collusion between players. Two or more players at the same poker table can work together to win money from other players, putting everyone else at an unfair disadvantage.  

Sadly, collusion is very hard to detect, but if players do suspect it during an online game, they should immediately report the instance to the website’s support team. The best thing a player, with any suspicions about the validity of a casino, can do is to err on the side of caution. Look for authentic license details and a long standing reputation before depositing or playing.

Some might offer enticing bonuses and promotions that sound too good to be true, but if players cannot find license details and evidence of the casino’s reputation, it probably is! Online gamers should most definitely beware of spam emails that request personal information such as credit card details and home addresses.

This could be a scam where useful identity information is gathered. If the player is unfamiliar with the email sender, it’d be wise not to respond with personal details, despite the amazing offer that’s being advertised.

Gamers should be aware that reputable online casinos offer an array of great promotions, week in and week out, so there’s certainly no down side to playing at a licensed establishment. Make a mental note of the below points next time you’re playing at an online casino:

  • Does the website design look incomplete or inadequate?
  • Are there any spelling mistakes?
  • Has Customer Support ignored one or all of your queries?
  • Do you always win when you play for fun?
  • Have you tried and failed to find information about the online casino on the web?
  • Is there a lack of or no banking information to verify security measures?
  • Is the transaction fee for withdrawals high in comparison to other sites?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, you need to seriously review where you’re depositing your money. Open your eyes and your mind to the idea that not all establishments are legitimate and always opt to play safe. There are thousands of authentic online casino sites out there, so make sure you’re playing at the right one.