Lets face it… we’ve all had our debit cards suspended for an online transaction (sometimes one we’ve made, more worryingly sometimes one we haven’t).
You know the one, when you get that call from the bank wanting to ask you security questions you made up 5 years ago and verify your recent activities.
It’s pretty annoying and even gambling transactions you fully intend to make can cause this issue.
There’s a way to stop it happening and prevent a potential security breach in the process and it involved keeping you card details anonymous from your online bookmaker.
Here’s how to do it:
- First up you’re going to need to open an account with PayPal. You can do this by clicking here to visit their website and filling our the sign up form on the homepage.
- Next up fund your PayPal account with the amount you want to deposit to your gambling account. Once logged into PayPal just hit the ‘Add Funds’ link.
- Check to see if your chosen bookmaker accepts your new payment method, if they don’t then pick one from our list of bookmakers which do accept PayPal.
- Now for the clever bit… log into your betting account and go to deposit with PayPal. You’ll need to select your deposit amount and then you’ll be transferred to PayPal’s website to complete the transaction. You might have to log into PayPal once transferred and then you’ll be asked to confirm your payment.
Notice that at no point are you sharing your card details when you make your deposit. Plus…
- You’ve prevented anyone logging and stealing your card details when you enter them.
- You’ve stopped the online bookmaker seeing and storing your details.
- All your bank knows is you’ve deposited into PayPal.
By following this process you totally eliminate the need to share your card details with any online bookmaker and all your bank will see is you depositing into your PayPal account. You protect yourself and your card details in the process.
It’s a win win win situation.
What if you can’t use PayPal?
We know there’s plenty of folks out there who can’t use PayPal for whatever reason it may be. Some botched eBay transaction most likely. Anyway you can still deposit and keep your card details anonymous at any online bookmaker, you’ll just have to use a different e-wallet service.
If you deposit into an online betting account then using Neteller will hide your card details and stop your bank seeing what you are doing in exactly the same way as PayPal does.
PayPal is just a better choice because it’s more widely accepted by betting websites and there are no fee’s attached.
The process is exactly the same. You go to the Neteller website and open an account, you then check if your bookmaker accepts Neteller and if not select a new one from our list of Neteller friendly bookmakers, add fund to your neteller account and finally you make your deposit. Simple.
A note on preventing your card details from being stolen: It’s highly unlikely that anyone will log your card details as you enter them and make an online payment. However, Key-logger viruses do exist and you need to protect yourself as much as possible. We suggest running the free AVG anti-virus software constantly and scanning your computer once a week with Malwarebytes.