Over the past couple of years I’ve had my debit card suspended on 3 separate occasions. You know, 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 on 2 of those occasions the flag on my account had come from online gambling related transactions, which I fully intended to make but which triggered something at the banks end.
After the last time it happened I found a way to stop this annoyance repeating itself and in the process keep my card details anonymous from the bookmaker I was using.
My solution solves the problem completely and prevents a potential security breach on my account in the future.
Pretty neat huh, here’s how I did it:
Here’s the cool bit
I now use PayPal to make all deposits and withdrawals from my online betting accounts.
By doing this I totally eliminate the need to share my card details with any online bookmaker and all my bank see is me depositing into my PayPal account.
How to remain anonymous at any online bookmaker
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4 (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.
It’s a win win win situation.
What if you can’t use PayPal?
I 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. I just used PayPal in my above example because it was easiest for me and I know loads of people have an account with them.
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. Simples.
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. I run the free AVG anti-virus software constantly and scan my computer once a week with Malwarebytes. I suggest you do at least the same.