WHAT IS A SCAMDICAPPER?
A common question the public asks is what is a scamdicapper?
In this article we will explain what Scamdicappers are. A Scamdicapper
is a term that is used to refer to a sports handicapping service
that is not in the sports wagering business to help you, but to
profit off you and scam you out of your money. Some common practices
of Scamdicappers are to claim outlandish winning percentages,
go under multiple names, give out both sides of a game, or even
call and harass you until you purchase their picks. As a lot of
you may know, this industry is mostly made up of con men and thieves.
There are over 2800 handicapping services in the US, with only
a handful of them being hard working, sophisticated, honest services
that are not out to make a quick buck off you. It seems like every
day there is some new handicapping service that pops up on the
Internet, TV, or radio. Ninety-nine percent of them are run by
There are many different ways that Scamdicappers operate. We do not have time to list every deceitful way these guys use to rip you off, but we will look at a couple of the more recognized ways they go about their business.
Let us start with handicapping services that take out ads in the newspapers, TV, and the local sports talk radio station. These are the guys who give this industry a black eye. If you don’t know who I am talking about, they are the clowns who may offer you a free pick on their 800 line. These are the guys that claim to have an inside information network of trainers, coaches, scouts, and even players. In reality it is an operation of about 6-12 salesmen in a boiler room setting who have no more of a clue about who is going to win tonight than your Aunt Ruth.
You – unaware of the consequences – call the toll free 800 number looking for your complimentary pick and a way to make yourself some extra cash this weekend. Some guy who knows nothing about sports betting – and more about high pressure selling – informs you that today is your lucky day. He says: “TODAY IS THE DAY THAT WE HAVE OUR 50 STAR LOCK OF THE YEAR, WITH THIS PICK YOU CAN WIN BACK ALL THE MONEY YOU HAVE LOST UP UNTIL THIS POINT”. Now, let’s be honest: Most of the people that call the 800 numbers looking for free picks have had some sort of losing stretch and are looking to recoup their losses. I know that, and so do the salesmen. If you were doing fine on your own, you wouldn’t be calling these guys for picks in the first place. Most likely the salesmen you are talking to will be shouting in a loud manner and be very pushy. At this point they will ask you for your credit card information, and after a tiresome pitch you bite. You say to yourself: “It is their lock of the year and I really would like to get out of this hole I dug myself into.”
More often than not, the game loses. Now, not only have you lost whatever you bet on the game, but you also blew a couple hundred bucks on this worthless pick.
One of two things happens next – you call back and blow another couple hundred bucks trying to get even again, or you decide you are all together done with these guys. Well, here’s some news for the people that decided to not talk to these guys ever again: They now have your phone number and will trade or sell your number to every other Scamdicapper in the book. You will be harassed night and day until you move or change your phone number. Bear in mind that a lot of these handicapping services are owned by the same person, and they will just give you a different name when they call. You will say you are not interested in signing up with a handicapping service at this time, because the last one you used put you in a major bind. They then ask who you used. You reply “So and So Sports”. The salesman on the other end replies: Oh, “So and So Sports”. Those guys are horrible. I don’t know how many times I have bailed out clients from “So and So Sports”. Now you’re thinking that this is your lucky day again; you think that with this new handicapping service, you can get out of the hole “So and So Sports” put you into. However, in all reality, it is the same company using a different salesman and company name with the same poor results. The process will go on and on with different company names and different salesmen until your phone number is eventually disconnected.
Then there is the handicapping service that gives out both sides of the game. For example, let’s say that 49ers are playing the Rams and the Bears are playing the Lions this week. They will give the first caller the 49ers and Bears. The next caller will get Rams and Packers. The caller after that will get the 49ers and Lions, and finally the fourth caller will receive the Rams and Bears. After the games are over, someone will be 2-0, someone will be 1-1, and someone will be 0-2. The set of callers that went 2-0 will be delighted. The callers that went 1-1 will be unmoved and will just get another call next week using the same system. For the callers that got the short end of the stick and went 0-2, the Scamdicapper will stop calling them and trade or sell their information to other Scamdicappers.
The following week, the process continues and some people will go 4-0 and many others will go 3-1. This is the time where the false claims about them consistently winning 70-90% of their games come in. They will offer you some insanely priced package and you will bite because you have either gone 4-0 or 3-1 with them, which fits right into their false winning percentage. As time goes on their picks start losing. You begin to press up on your bets thinking that if they have gone 2-6 so far, they have to win this next game to get back on pace of their 70-90% winning percentage. The problem with that theory is: They don’t win 70% of their games! A more likely scenario is that they are picking winners around 50% of the time.
The public seems to think a 70% winning percentage is possible. With all the variables involved in sports and going by the law of averages, a 70% winning percentage is asinine. The problem is that most bettors don’t realize this. They want to join the services that claim to win 70% of the time. In reality, those are the services that will clean said bettors out for good. The bettors rationalize their decision as follows: “Why would I join a service that only wins 55-58% of the time when I could join a service that wins 70% of the time?”
Let me ask you this: If these handicappers are picking 70% winners, why do they need your measly $25 for the pick? If they pick 70% winners, why is the line not moving when they release their picks?
Ask them if they are betting these games personally and for how long they have been betting. Anyone betting a decent sum picking 70% winners should likely have enough money to own their own country by now.
Here is one more thing to consider: If it is so easy to pick 70% winners, how are there any sportsbooks left in the world? Wouldn’t they all be bankrupt? If there was a golden goose method to picking at a winning percentage that high, wouldn’t other sports bettors have figured it out by now? Wouldn’t the sportsbooks have this information at their disposal?
Ask yourself this question before you signup with a handicapper: Is this too good to be true? If the answer is yes, 99.9% of the time, it is a scam.
Unfeasible beliefs are the biggest downfall for the average gambler, and looking for a handicapping service that truly wins 70% of the time is an impossible feat. If you’re looking for 70% winners, you came to the wrong place, and sports betting is not for you. However, if you are looking for 54-58% winners, and consistent profits turned year in and year out at seasons end with a long term approach, we would like to welcome you with open arms to Madduxsports.com.
When we started MadduxSports.com the objective of the website was to educate the public and provide an honest service with winning picks. We have earned a great reputation as sincere handicappers that are one of the few services that actually pick winners. We have decided to update this article and take it one step further. Because Scamdicappers give the honest handicappers like ourselves a bad name, we are now starting to list any Scamdicapper that has the balls to contact us after reading our website for a link swap, email spam, or phone call for leads. Just remember anyone can start a website filled with lies. Most of these guys are lucky that the Internet is such a difficult place to police or they would find themselves behind bars.
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