Punters who are active on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook should be familiar with the old fixed match scam. Those that aren’t should beware, this happening much more frequently than it has in the past. We’ll be breaking down a scam where punters are given a fixed match tip and the scam artist requests payment only after you’ve won. Sounds pretty good, right? Well we’re going to explain to you how this scam works so you don’t get caught out!
Are Fixed matches real?
Firstly we’d like to point out that yes, there are actually fixed matches that do happen. Usually in the lower leagues of obscure soccer leagues or other sports where the outcome is possible to manipulate. We’ve all heard about the scandals involving cricketers, referees and more and these are usually true. If you’d like to know more about the history of fixed matches and match fixing read this article
How the fixed match scam works
So you’ve logged into Facebook and seen on your timeline that someone is offering a 100% guaranteed fixed match for an obscure league. They’ll accompany the post with several screenshots of their big fixed wins and for the most part these bet slips are actually real. Usually they’ll ask for payment after you’ve won, this is the type of scam we’re focusing on. Here’s how it works :
After in-boxing the scammer about the match they’ll give you the usual story about paying after winning. Which doesn’t sound too bad as if you don’t win they don’t get paid. Unfortunately this is all part of the scam as you’ll usually receive a HT/FT as part of the process. This is where the trouble starts. We’re taking a match between Liverpool and Manchester United as an example of how the scam is implemented.
The devil is in the details
Have a look at the possible outcomes and their odds. There are only 9 possible outcomes to the match ranging from 2.30 to a whopping 51.00 in the odds department. The scam artist will send you anyone of these, it really doesn’t matter which one as obviously only one of them can win. This is where they make their money off unsuspecting punters.
The scam artist will send each of these 9 outcomes with the odds to 9 different punters. Meaning that come game day 8 different punters will have a losing ticket while 1 will have a winning one. For example you’ll be told to bet on Man Utd / Man Utd at 9.75 while another punter will be told the fix is Draw / Man Utd.
Once the match is over the scam artist will block punters who they sent the 8 losing bets to, while demanding that the one that won pay over some of the winnings for the tip. You’re starting to see how the scam works now? The one punter who won will be over the moon and think he’s stumbled onto the best thing ever, a guaranteed fixed match! This is where the scam artists will take advantage and then request a larger payment for the next fixed match BEFORE the match starts, once paid they’ll repeat the process with all the winners from the previous fixed match tip.
Greed is not good
If you’ve had a winner from a fixed match scam then you’ll be more likely to put an even bigger bet down and pay the scam artist before hand. Why? Because he’s given you an incredible fixed winner with great odds. This is where it starts to get really ugly as the punter invests much more in the second bet and pays for the tip upfront. The scam artist generally doesn’t care if you’ve lost as he makes nothing from the other 7 punters who lost with you. They’re really only interested in the poor soul who picked up a lucky win.
How to avoid being scammed
Most seasoned punters can spot this scam a mile away but there are a few things you can do to stay safe. The scams usually have the following identifiable characteristics :
- Usually found on Facebook or Twitter
- The tipster has a generic name and profile
- The tipster’s contact number is usually not from South Africa
- The Betslips are almost always from foreign rather than local bookmakers
- They include the word 100% fixed match
- They have no data to back up their fixed match claim
- They demand money after you’ve won
- The matches involved are from obscure league to avoid being too suspicious
It’s best to stay away from fixed matches all together as not only are they illegal they could cost you more than what you bargained for. These scams come in many shapes and forms but the one we covered is one of the most popular ones. Remember that you can also apply the same scam strategy to horse racing and several other sports.
Don’t let this put you off paying for tips or following your favourite tipster. This is mearly a warning against paying money for fixed matches. There are plenty of free and paid tipsters out there who are legitimate and manage to turn a profit. We’ve listed some of our favourite tipsters here.
Have you ever been caught by a sports betting scam artist? Let us know your story in the comments below.