Can You Buy Fixed Football Matches Online?June 4, 2018 9:00 am
Here’s a question for you – how would you like to place a football bet with a guaranteed chance of winning? No questions asked – you look at a list of matches and are told the score in advance.
Sounds too good to be true, right – well that’s because it is I’m afraid, sorry to burst your bubble!
That being said, there is no doubt that match fixing goes on all over the world – including in some of the top leagues in Europe. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at match betting and specifically focus in on one of the newer trends in match fixing – websites of African origin offering info on rigged matches in exchange for money.
What Are These Websites?
Often promoted through social media like Facebook or Twitter, a number of websites with African IP addresses have popped up in recent years offering either to fix matches for a fee or provide access to a list of upcoming fixed matches and the exact bets to stake in order to cash in.
In your mind, this may seem like the real life version of Marty McFly’s Sports Almanac from Back to the Future Part 2 – if that all sounds like gibberish go watch the movie, you’re welcome.
So Is This a Legit Service Or Scam?
These sites are most definitely not to be trusted. For one thing, they are written in the kind of broken English reminiscent of 2000 era Phising e-mails from helpful Nigerian Princes with cash flow problems. If you would never reply to those e-mail with your bank details you should not be sending these people money either!
In addition, the websites themselves look like they were thrown together in a combination of Windows Paint (from Microsoft Windows ’94) and the old Geocities site builder.
Now obviously, you can’t judge a book by its cover – except that sometimes you can. If you go to a bookshop and buy a book called “Perry Potter and the Trialz of the Goblets of Azkerbanny,” you are not going to be buying a copy of a legit Harry Potter book.
Same with these websites – they’re a down right SCAM.
Also – these sites are not hidden away on the Dark Web or anything like that, they are right there to be found on a bog standard Google search! Match fixing on the scale that they promote would require a huge international crime syndicate, the likes of which would quickly draw the investigative powers of the Police, Interpol, the NCA and whoever else investigates these things.
Would actual match fixers be so dim as to openly advertise themselves on Facebook and Google?
No, of course not. It would be like if your local dealer started selling Crack on Ebay. These websites don’t bother to hide themselves because they have nothing to hide – because they are just a scam.
It’s Worked For My Mate Gary, Though…
Oh, Gary when will you learn?
Those people who do sign up for tips are split into three groups by the scammers, with each group getting a different set of instructions.
By pure fluke, some of these instructions are going to be right – and the people who receive those tips now believe they are genuinely getting inside information. At which point the scammers up their charges for the next batch of made up rubbish.
Once they’ve made their money form that batch, they start all over again.
If you don’t think that would work and they would make no money, then just bear in mind the old Nigerian Prince spam emails I mentioned up top. They were being sent out for years and years for the simple reason that maybe 1 in a 10,000 would land in the inbox of a sucker who would actually transfer their life savings.
When you have no overheads, no taxes or VAT that kind of business model can be surprisingly effective!
Are Football Matches Ever Rigged?
The short answer is that yes unfortunately a number of football games are almost certainly rigged each and every year.
The most obvious candidates are leagues where the players (and the referees) are not well paid. So we’re taking Eastern European leagues, domestic African and South American leagues and the finger of suspicion has also been pointed at the Turkish Leagues.
That being said, there are also a number of international fixtures and fixtures in Europe’s top leagues that have raised suspicions over the years, and Seria A in Italy had (and according to some still has) a problem with match fixing.
The thing to ask when it comes to match fixing it how much would need to be paid, how such scrutiny is on the games and what the players have to lose.
This is why the Premier League has very little rumours or connection to match fixing. The wages of even the most average player in the league are so high that bribes would be astronomical, cutting into the profits of the match fixers.
The thing to remember here though is that it can cost hundreds of thousands to fix a football match. Just bear that in mind before handing over your next £19.99 for a sure bet.