How many emails did you get today, dear reader, on the subject of a new 'wonder betting system'?
'Free system this'... 'made Â£292,645 that'... 'former greengrocer turned millionaire t'other'... we all receive these, and many / most of us are occasionally drawn to them like betting moths to a scammer's naked flame.
Obviously, I love using betting systems, and have bought and reviewed hundreds of them over the years. And most of them are truly shocking.
That's one thing that I think we can all agree, that most betting systems are 'clunkers'. (As you might know, I'm in America at the moment, and 'clunker' is one of the better colloquialisms I've heard here. A clunker is a duff, or worthless, thing, and the word was first coined in the US in the '40's from the verb 'clunk'. End of etymology session!)
So why are we always drawn in by these - typically false - promises? Why is it that otherwise rational men and women see these salacious headlines and end up waving goodbye to a sum of cash?
And, more importantly, what can we do to protect ourselves from the perpetrators?
Well I hope you consider that this 'ere bloggie is of some assistance in that regard. I try to do reviews as regularly as possible, and I have some great occasional helpers (as well as John, who is almost full time!)
And I plan to do a lot more reviews and trials, as I know people (rightly) trust the statements made here. [I've actually intended to have more reviews here for a looooong time. Incredibly, the logistics of it are not as straightforward as you might think. But I'm working on it, so watch this space!]
There are other sites too, with less racing related content and more betting and system related content. One such site is BettingSystemTruths, and the founder of that site - James Fitzmaurice - has been working on a tool to help anyone who is confused about buying betting systems, or maybe just plain fed up with being ripped off.
Now, if you don't know James, he's had an extremely colourful history in his time online. He's perhaps most famous for being the 'victim' of a malicious email trying to undermine his credibility after one system author became deeply upset when his product was panned.
The author was not just a scammer, but a spammer too, and sent an email to literally hundreds of thousands of people saying x, y, and z about poor James. But the weird thing was, James ended up getting loads and loads of free traffic to his site... And then he called in the law. Legal representatives approached the product and email author, and outlined the legal position.
What then ensued was that the guy had to write a full retraction, stating his motives and saying that James was actually a good egg (which he has been in all my dealings with him). The upshot of this was that the guy who was trying to discredit James ended up sending him loads (and loads and loads) of visitors to his site, and then sent another email to them saying that he'd lied and that James was well worth listening to.
Talk about great PR!
Anyway, the point of that somewhat extended aside is that BettingSystemTruths does great work and James did too. I say 'did', because he's actually decided that enough is enough, and called it a day. He has a young family and was seriously concerned about their wellbeing. I don't have a young family, but I do know that feeling. It's not nice. Not nice at all.
So he's sold the site to a guy called Richard. Richard and his business partner have great plans to continue the excellent work James started, and when I met him last Monday I was impressed both by his down to earth nature, and his desire to make BST a 'go to' site.
But James is not quite finished yet. He wanted to leave a sort of legacy, I suppose. And he's created an excellent tool to help people in the ongoing battle with the scammers. It's a three DVD set, which walks you through an 'MOT' of what to look for when you're considering buying betting systems.
If you've been scammed in the past, then you may well find this invaluable. James has an easy manner, and explains everything very clearly to help you understand exactly what you need to do, and how, in order to dodge the con artists.
He goes on to provide a whole range of examples, and dissects the tell-tale signs that mark out a dodgy system being sold by an unscrupulous vendor.
And in the third DVD, there's more information about 'the good, the bad and the downright ugly' (I really should have copyrighted that phrase when I first used it!) as well as some trustworthy sites and names to follow. And, wouldn't you just know it, dear old Geegeez gets a favourable mention. 🙂
As well as the DVD set, which takes a week or so to arrive (mine took six days, and was sent from the US), there is also an online library of info to get you 'armed and dangerous' against the betting system bandits tout suite.
I've watched the nearly four hours of content, and I can tell you that - even though I respect James for what he's achieved online and how he's helped people - if it wasn't any good, I'd have not got past twenty minutes!
The pace is well judged, the layout is spot on, and the content does exactly what it promises.
If you don't buy betting systems, then this will be of little use to you. But if you do, and especially if you've been conned in the past, you might find this saves you many times what you pay for it. That's called an investment!
Anyway, enough from me on the subject, if you think you might need this, click the link below for all the info you need.
Now then, I just wanted to quickly mention that I'm still working on my Breeders Cup preview information. It's hard, but great fun, work and I should have my Friday view with you tomorrow - right after the post position draws have been made. Then, on Thursday, I'll have Saturday's info.
I'm actually heading to the track on Thursday as well, for the non-Breeders Cup racing and to attend an experts' forum (no, I'm not one of the experts!). If there's any good snippets, I'll be sure to report back.
So, if you're planning on betting the Breeders Cup, look out for my next emails!
Bye for now,