Like anybody offering a service sports betting tipsters come in many different guises.
More accurately, they come in different levels of ability, and also in different levels of integrity.
Not every sports tipping service that gives you poor advice is a scam. Unlike solicitors, dentists or doctors the aspiring sports betting tipster or horse racing tipster does not require any qualifications to ply his or her trade. To put it simply, all they need is a website and a point of view.
This is the essential point that needs to be remembered about those who offer you betting tips for a living. In effect they are just selling you their opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. No tipster other than one who is a total charlatan or a nutcase will try to guarantee you that the tip you receive from them will be successful.
It may therefore be something of an overstatement to describe the ignorant or inexperienced tipster as a “scammer”. You pays your money and you takes your chance.
But if “scam” is a bit too strong a word to describe the tipping service that takes your cash without having earned the right to do so, it isn’t at all unreasonable to point out that some of the methods they use can be quite dubious to say the least.
Let’s take a look at one or two.
The first is the “free betting tip”, offered to you ahead of your subscription to their service. Having acquired a mailing list of several thousands, different tips covering each possible outcome in a given event can quite easily be mailed out to different recipients. Those who are fortunate enough to have received the successful “tip” are likely to be impressed by the accuracy of the info received (especially when followed up rapidly by the obligatory triumphalist e-mail), and a purchase of this wonderfully informed service must inevitably in many cases be forthcoming.
Those who have received the unsuccessful tips will, of course, be not so impressed, but that is of no consequence whatsoever to the “tipster”. The tip was given free of charge, and at the recipient’s own risk, after all.
Which leads us neatly to a second tactic used by the unscrupulous, the “guaranteed profit or your money back” offer.
If such an offer sounds too good to be true that’s because it really is. For the purveyor of the useless tip may, if true to his word, return your investment, but the bookmaker most certainly won’t!
The tipping service that has made you this irresistible offer, although having made nothing from you this time around, will be compensated by virtue of the fact that he will have made a fast buck from those successful punters he has indeed given a successful tip to. After all, no matter how lacking he may be in sports acumen or experience he knows he must certainly pick a winner now and again. As betting systems go this is one of the most dependable!
Genuine sports betting tipsters, and there are a great many, do understandably take a dim view of those who besmirch their good names and carefully-built reputations, and can be extremely helpful in exposing some of these less than honest practices. It can sometimes be worth spending some time familiarising yourself with some of the tricks and ruses that the charlatans use to part you with your hard-earned cash.