It’s a tough job to try and find a good sportsbook, but it’s even more difficult to figure out which sportsbooks are legitimate and which ones aren’t worth looking into. There are a few factors you can look for when it comes to figuring out if a sportsbook is going to scam you, and we are here to share some of those tips with out.Customer Service
Customer service is a huge part of any industry, but perhaps even more in this day and age where we do everything online and we barely see anyone or even place a telephone call anymore. There are a few red flags when it comes to this aspect of online betting that should alarm you, like the response time it takes for someone to get back to your inquiry. If it takes longer than a few days, that’s a problem. Do they make changes to the rules without notifying you? Do they make it easy on you to make a bet if you’re doing it over the phone? Do they give you the run-around, passing you around from person to person? These are some of the things that you should be watching out for when it comes to customer service at a betting site.Payouts (Customer and Affiliate)
This may be the most important part of running a legit betting website, as you want your money to be secure when it is in your account and more importantly, you want to be able to get it whenever you want. Some sites have issues with payout problems, whether it is actually getting the payments out on time and in some cases, getting the payouts sent at all. Currently, WSEX (World Sports Exchange) is having their issues with payouts, as in some customers aren’t receiving their funds and their customer service in regards to the situation has been subpar. In the case of Bookmaker, they cancelled their affiliate program, but didn’t return the funds to the original affiliates. If a company isn’t going to pay out to their affiliates, can you be sure that they’ll pay out to you?Website Availability
One major red flag to watch for is the availability of a company’s website and how frequently they update it in regards to promotions, special offers, or even something as simple as the events. If you see a site that happens to have, for example, odds for the last presidential election, there is probably something wrong with the site and if they haven’t cared enough to notice and/or change their error, they’re probably not the best site to choose. There were even a couple of instances, in the cases of BetEd and Logan’s, where the site just went offline with little or no warning. That means the money in your account is gone, no questions asked. It happens more than you think, so do your research.
These are just a few things to look for when checking to see if your book is a scam, and we would suggest that you stay away from these books: Sportsbook.com (and their extended family, sites such as AllStar, Sports.com and Linesmaker), BetEd and Bookmaker. This is a definitive list of books to keep your eye out for when you’re on the market, and always use discretion when signing up with, or depositing to, any online sports betting site.