Thanks to the invention of the internet, finding football betting tips have been more straightforward. The days of having to purchase a newspaper or relying on word of mouth a far gone, betting tips are everywhere online these days.
Some websites offer tips for free whereas others charge a fee to gain access to their tips. While there are some excellent tipsters out there who do a great job in researching and presenting their betting tips, there are some who you should avoid.
The question is, how do you find a rogue tipster?
As with anything in life, if the betting tips or offers seem too good to be true, it is because they probably are. You should not dismiss every tipster based on whether what they are offering sounds too good to be true.
However, if you are looking at the track record of a tipster who is enjoying good runs of weeks or months alarm bells should start ringing.
Every person who places regular bets will suffer from losses, even when backing favourites. This is because one of the great things about sport is upsets do happen.
Even screenshots can be photoshopped to make results look better than they are to take them with a pinch of salt. Generally, if the profits the football betting tips are claiming are outrageous, you are best advised to keep your money in your pocket and look elsewhere.
You may be wondering what is outrageous?
In our experience someone who is making more than 10% ROI you should treat with suspicion. Also, question the motives of the betting tipper, if you were making £100,000 plus a year why would you waste your time selling tips?
Get in Touch with the Tipster
If you find a betting tipster that looks good why not, get in touch with them first. In my experience, they are more than happy to talk about their experiences.
A good sign of quality, trustworthy tipster, is the speed and nature of their response. Like any business, you are their customer, so you should receive a speedy, polite and informative reply. Especially if they have got nothing to hide.
If you do not receive a reply for a week and have to send a follow-up email, this is a sign you should avoid using this tipster. The same applies to aggressive or sketchy replies to your questions. If the tipster is angry, you have questioned their evidence or sends you a response which does not answer the questions you have asked. Then this is a good sign you should avoid this potentially rogue tipster.
While betting tipsters are not regulated by law to offer their customers a 100% money-back guarantee. This is something you should look out for when considering signing up for their services.
If the services offered, do not have at least a 30-day money-back guarantee it is a sign they do not believe in the quality of what they are providing. Some tipsters may offer a 7-day money-back guarantee. But a profitable betting strategy requires longer to evaluate, and any decent tipster should know that.
7-day money-back guarantees it is not long enough and to consider anyone is offering this.
Check to see how long the tipping service has been operating. If the football betting tipster has only been offering their service a few months, then wait a while before paying them. Try to follow their service without placing bets while the system matures.
Check how many reviews they have, if they have been in business for many years, there should already be plenty of reviews online. If the tipster has been making big profits for years, then what are their motives to start tipping now?
If there are reviews online, it is worth checking them out in detail before committing. You may find some 5-star reviews thrown in among more 1-star and 2-star reviews for example. Unfortunately, people will leave positive reviews if they have been lucky or gave an incentive to do so by the tipster. This may be regardless of the quality of service offered.
If you find a tipster has the odd good review among several poor reviews, you should avoid paying for their services.
Try the Service Without Losing Money
Many online tipsters will offer a monthly package whereby you can sign up and pay a monthly fee to receive the tips. You are not obliged to continue paying monthly and can cancel your account at any time.
While you will need to pay the initial fee, you can try out the service without spending any money on the bets themselves. Just make a note of the outcome of the event and if you would have made a profit or loss without actually placing a bet on it yourself.
Keep a record of all the football betting tips and monitor the success rate of the tipster. Doing this will allow you not only to see if the tips are good value but also assess the quality of the person behind the tips. Do they offer to reason as to why they are telling you to bet on a specific outcome? Does the system they are using make sense?
Ask yourself these questions and also keep an eye on their claims. Are they claiming results for the past month which you know are not true? A rogue tipster will often change the tip they had handed out to something different to make a winner when in actual fact it was a loser.
Having used them for a month, contact the tipster as if you are a potential new member and ask them for their results for the past month. If these do not add up with the betting tips they give you as part of your membership, you can safely say they are a rogue tipster.
There are other factors you should look out for when spotting a rogue tipster including:
- Poor value odds
- Lifetime memberships
- Using only one bookmaker
- Chasing losses
- Lack of sports knowledge
- No Guidance on bankroll management
By following the guide above, you will have a good chance of finding a rogue tipster giving football betting tips before you lose any money.