It's an unfortunate truth that there are scams and shady online casinos around. The more common ones are not receiving payouts and identity theft.
Thankfully I haven’t been a victim of one (yet?) myself and that’s because I’m a stickler for following some basic safety checks before I open an account with a new casino. I thought I would share them with you here.
1. Check the gaming licence
Every online casino must be granted a gaming licensed by the jurisdiction in which they are located. I’ve heard that some licensing authorities, like Gibraltar, Australia and the Isle of Man, have stronger regulations than others, like Costa Rica or Venezuela.
2. Check the security measures
Only at online casinos that offer a secure line to ensure that your personal information (name, home address, credit card details, bank account number) remain protected from hackers. Online casinos are a major target for hackers unsurprisingly because of all the credit card details that are processed.
3. Check the software
Only the best casinos are powered by the major software providers such as Playtech, Microgaming, Cryptologic or Real Time Gaming. If the casino uses one of these, is a pretty strong indication that they are reliable. These software casino giants only dare only partner up with online casinos that have been granted a licence from respected gaming jurisdictions since they value their reputation.
And as always, the best bet to avoid such scams is to stick to tried and tested casinos, such as, one my personal favourites, City Club Casino.