Betting and sports investment scams try to convince you to invest in foolproof systems and software that can 'guarantee' a profit on sporting events.
Common examples of sports investment scams
These scams are simply a form of gambling camouflaged as legitimate investments. Most of the schemes or programs do not work as promised and buyers cannot get their money back. In many cases the supplier simply disappears.
Computer prediction software
The scammer will try to sell you a software program that promises to accurately predict sporting results, usually of team sports or horse racing. They will promise high returns or profits as a result of the program's use.
Team sports betting programs claim to identify opportunities based on historical trends and the different odds offered by various bookmakers. Horse racing software will often claim that predictions are based on weather conditions, the state of the horse, the draw, or the condition of the jockey. They may also claim to track the money that has been placed on a race by professional betters.
Often the information used in these programs can be obtained from the betting pages of your local newspaper at very little cost.
The scammer will try and convince you to become a member of a betting syndicate. You will need to pay a compulsory fee (often in excess of $15 000) to join and open a sports betting account. You will be required to make ongoing deposits to maintain the balance of the account.
The scammer tells you that they will use funds in the account to place bets on behalf of the syndicate. You, and other 'syndicate members' are promised a percentage of the profits.
The scammer targets small business operators, professionals, retirees or others with funds to ‘invest’. These schemes are usually promoted as business opportunities or investments at trade fairs, shows or via the internet. People may also be contacted via an unsolicited phone call, email or letter.
The scammer will use technical or financial terms such as 'sports arbitrage',' sports betting', 'sports wagering', 'sports tipping' or 'sports trading' to make these scams look like legitimate investments. Promotional material often takes the form of glossy and sophisticated brochures or websites that contain graphs or diagrams promising large returns for little or no effort.
The scammer may also claim that their company is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
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