The popularity of online casinos has grown immensely in recent times. Consequently, casino, betting and bingo enthusiasts now have a wealth of sites available to them to place bets and play games, and no more so than in Britain. Certain sites have a more limited choice of gambling services, such as poker, betting and bingo, whilst others have a much broader range of choice.
It is important to remember that gambling online, like many activities carried out on the internet, places you at risk of being a victim of fraudulent activity. Though gambling online comes with other risks attached to it, including minors accessing an online gambling account and payouts made by sites failing to be fair.
What are the principle risks associated with online gambling?
Hackers accessing an account by a number of ways, including sending out phishing emails, which convince unsuspecting users of casino and other gambling sites into disclosing their passwords and other account details.
Theft of identity is also a risk attached to online gambling. Criminals use spyware and other viruses as a means of obtaining data about a user that can then be used without their knowledge.
Online gamblers also run the risk of being sent to a fake or fraudulent website that pretends to act as a legitimate site.
There is also the risk of players being enticed to sign up to a site with the promise of generous bonuses.
Sometimes players can be convinced to play and deposit money for real games online via the higher payouts that are offered in the free and allegedly ‘play for fun’ casino games.
There is also a risk that players might become addicted to gambling online and use money to pay for their habit that they can’t afford.
It is also possible for firms that issue credit cards to place transactions for betting as ‘cash’, which can generate interest or a fixed charge from the time the payment was made.
How to gamble online safely
Carry out research into a site before you commit to signing up to ensure it is reputable.
Only play on UK-based sites in which you will be able to have access to customer support within the UK. Using UK sites will also mean withdrawals and deposits are carried out more quickly and efficiently.
Take the time to understand in full the rules and stipulations of a particular site or game you are about to bet on.
You should read the terms and conditions mapped out on a site and ensure you understand them fully prior to opening an account.
Refrain from revealing personal information when setting up usernames for online casinos and other gambling sites.
Always use passwords that are considered strong, which combine figures and numbers and never let anyone know what your passwords are.
Before you start playing for real money, make use of ‘play for fun’ games to familiarise yourself with a game and ensure it’s the right game for you.