Safety And Security – FAQ

Is it safe to bet online?

There isn’t any real risk of being prosecuted as an individual, even in states where online gambling is criminalized. There is always going to be risks with betting websites but if you stick with trusted betting operators, 99% of the time things go smoothly and you will enjoy sportsbetting without any hiccups. If you would like more info on this topic visit our Online Offshore Sports Betting Guide.

Does it matter where or if my sportsbook has a license?

Gambling Regulatory agencies aren’t created equal. Some allow sportsbooks to operate however they wish, provided they pay the licensing fee. Others are a lot more stringent. Regulations in Europe are going to be a lot tougher than most offshore regulatory bodies. However, even in regions where regulations are relaxed, valuable operators emerge. A focus on the sportsbook itself, not the country it is located in or regulated by, is the best approach.

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What should I look for in a sportsbook if safety and security is my primary concern?

You want to take all aspects of a sportsbook into account before depositing, but if safety and security are your primary factor, looking at longevity and payment processing speeds should be your primary concern. Sportsbooks operating longer in the industry are typically more trustworthy. Our monthly U.S. Offshore Online Sportsbook Payout Report covers the top offshore sportsbooks, and we do our best to keep our reviews as updated as possible regarding withdrawal methods and speeds for each sportsbook.

What practices do sportsbooks use to maintain safety?

The reputation of a sportsbook is important when it comes to keeping their customers’ identities and funds secure. Most use multiple security measures, including encryption of sensitive information. Security does differ depending on jurisdictions and regulatory bodies. As always, it’s important to read up on a sportsbook before depositing.

Can I trust these sportsbooks with my information?

Once again, this depends on the operator. We trust some sportsbooks a lot more than others. Generally, we would say yes, but there have been plenty of times that offshore sportsbooks sold off client lists or used the customer data from one sportsbook to begin another operation.

What recourse do I have if I have a problem with a sportsbook?

From a legal standpoint, not much. However, emailing us at Safest Betting Sites and letting us know the situation may allow us to start a dialogue with the sportsbook and perhaps work out a solution. Sportsbook Review does a lot of a lot of mediation between players and sportsbooks as well. In disputes, we highly recommend that players keep things civil, even if they are frustrated with the sportsbooks decision or angry about a slow payout. Ultimately, working with management and not name-calling is the best way for a positive solution.

What if my sportsbook is not paying me?

We cover this under our scam sportsbook section. We encourage players to be polite in communications with management and if you deposited with a credit or debit card, not to threaten a chargeback.

I have a gambling problem, where do I go for help?

Gamblers Anonymous is a good start. You should never gamble more than you can afford to lose. If you think your sports betting is turning into problem gambling, seek help.

How can I set self-exclusion limits on my bets?

It may be a feature inside your sports betting account. You may also be able to permanently ban (self-exclusion) yourself from betting at an offshore website. If you have a gambling problem, we encourage you to seek help by visiting Gamblers Anonymous.

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