Gamble Safely

Online gambling has had a significant increase in demand in recent years, and gamblers in the United Kingdom have a large number of options from which to choose. Some websites only provide certain types of gambling (like bingo, poker, or betting), whereas others provide a broader range of options. On the other hand, as with many other online activities, there is a risk of criminal activity when gambling online. There are however also other risks associated with it, such as payouts that are not fair and open, access by children, and use by vulnerable individuals, to name a few. Gambling can also be addictive, so it’s important to know when to put your money away.

Online Casino Safety

  • Verify the legitimacy of any unfamiliar gambling site. A reputable site is best found through a trusted source’s recommendation.
    Only use UK-based sites as:
  • You will get local customer service.
  • In the event of a dispute, you have recourse because the UK industry is tightly regulated.
  • Deposits and withdrawals are faster.
  • Make sure you fully understand the mechanics and rules of the game you’re playing.
  • Before creating an account, carefully review the site’s terms and conditions.
  • Choose a user name that isn’t personal. Similarly, if your game allows you to create a personal profile, don’t reveal any personal data.
  • Use strong passwords and don’t share them.
  • Try ‘fun’ games first, but keep in mind that the payouts are generally much larger than in real games.
  • Verify that the website is secure before entering credit card information.
  • When you try to log in or register, a padlock symbol should appear in the browser window frame. Make sure the padlock isn’t on the page… This usually indicates a scam site.
  • The website should start with https://. Secure is the ‘s’.
  • This only certifies the link between you and the website owner, not the site itself. Check the address for subtle misspellings, extra words and characters, and other irregularities.
  • Always log out of sites where you have registered or logged in. Closing your browser does not guarantee privacy.
  • Check credit card and bank statements carefully to ensure the correct amount has been charged and that no fraud has occurred.
  • Before you go online, make sure your antivirus/antispyware software and firewall are up to date.
  • Never reply to unsolicited emails from unknown companies.
  • Before you go online, make sure your antivirus/antispyware software and firewall are up to date.
  • Keep an eye on your spending.
  • If you feel your gambling is out of control, consult a website or a professional.

The entertainment value of gambling should be comparable to that of going to the cinema. The purpose of entertainment venues like casinos and movie theaters is to steal your money in exchange for a few hours of fun. Make sure you use money that is available and always keep track of your spending.