Many people enjoy gambling online – after all, there's no time or money spent on travelling to and from a casino or racecourse, and there's often a large range of games and betting limits to choose from. And the gambler can have a flutter whenever it suits them, in the comfort and privacy of their own home. What's more, there's often free bonus money to gamble with, offered as an incentive to try an online casino, with attractive prize pots to be won.
Yet concerns about online fraud can sometimes put people off from having a fun flutter – 71% of those surveyed said that they had concerns about online fraud. And more than one in three claim to have been, or know someone who has been a victim of card fraud*.
So what could a would-be gambler do to reduce the odds of losing out to online fraud? A prepaid MasterCard debit card could be the winning answer. For starters, a prepaid card avoids putting the gambler's bank balance or credit card limit at risk – there are no links to other accounts.
Further reassurance is offered by a dedicated fraud team looking out for customers' accounts. In fact, if anyone did manage to gain unauthorised access to a Cashplus account, Cashplus will replace the card and the money on it, as long as the card has been used sensibly and in line with the card's Terms & Conditions.
Prepaid cards can also help the gambler to stick to whatever he or she decides is an appropriate gaming limit. Because the card is prepaid, customers just top up the amount that they're prepared to gamble.
When the gambler is in luck, the winnings can go straight to the prepaid card, giving instant access to the money, so that he or she can use the card wherever the MasterCard acceptance mark is displayed – from cash machines and stores to online or over the phone.
Even ordering a prepaid card is convenient. You can order one in minutes online and be holding a prestigious looking Cashplus prepaid Gold MasterCard® within as little as three working days. That's because as long as the main cardholder is 18 or over and lives in the UK, acceptance is guaranteed.
So if you happen to be a gambler that would like to take advantage of the excellent online gaming sites, but don't want to risk exposing your credit or debit card details, using a prepaid card could be the way forward for you.
APS is the leading European prepaid card provider, with more than 500,000 cards issued and £500,000,000 in payment turnover. Its flagship product, the award winning Cashplus prepaid Gold MasterCard® is the UK's first general purpose prepaid card for consumers and in the last couple years APS has developed a growing interest among small businesses which now exceeds 2,500 who are utilising the benefits of the Cashplus prepaid Gold MasterCard to manage and control their business expenditures.