Published On: Fri, May 23rd, 2014

Professional advice on how to shield against online gambling scams

Kaspersky Lab

It certainly goes by without saying that – the allure of money for nothing is too great for many, particularly if the options are easily available on a computer or for that matter on a mobile device. It’s no surprise then that- online casinos followed by betting on horse races has become so voguish. But then again corresponding the real-life betting industry, legitimate online businesses stand alongside scams that make use of spam mailings to be able to reach their prospective targets. To be able to help shield against those scams Kaspersky Lab from its barrio has accumulated a list of recommendations aimed at those who prefer gambling online.

Online casino

Spam advertising online casinos are sent in all the major languages used online, but the prime is in English. The deceitful websites advertised in spam are primarily hosted in countries wherein gambling is legal, but the site will be accessible to users all over the world. This serves the purpose of the fraudsters for the reason that it will be difficult on the victim’s part to be able to find the owners of a website that has literally vanished from the Internet and was listed in a different part of the world.

Exactly how to spot an unlawful site                                                                              

  • Scammers make use of cheap domain zones such as net, biz, info.
  • Illegal casinos maneuver without a license
  • Scammers use spam to advertise their sites (instead of legal online casinos)
  • Duplicitous casinos are typically created soon before spam mailings and have a short existence.

Horse racing

Email messages dedicated to betting on horse racing are an additional type of fraud that stands specifically popular with “gambling” spammers. Sweepstake-related spam is essentially prevalent in Japan, but also increasingly popular in the US besides Russia. With the intention to receive an exact prediction, the prospective client generally has to make an advance payment. The site from its part promises to recompense any losses if the estimate goes wrong, but, unquestionably, that doesn’t take place.

The criminals make use of a parallel approach in alleged match-fixing scams that invite users to pay for information about “guaranteed” winners.

“If you gamble online, try to follow these simple rules. First, never register at websites that are advertised in spam. Second, only place bets on reputable sites – check the Internet for user reviews. Third, ignore email letters that claim, for example, that you have been randomly selected as a lottery winner,” observed Tatyana Kulikova, Senior Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

About the Author

Jawed Akhtar

- A Journalist by interest and a Music Enthusiast by passion. Wedded to Mother Nature, Jawed indulges his aesthetics in travelling and reading books of varied genres. Having covered News stories for top Dailies in his formative years, that is, he is game for tryst with Technology at Techmagnifier.

Professional advice on how to shield against online gambling scams