Be Aware When Sending Documents to Online Gambling Sites
If you're new to the world of online gambling you may be surprised to learn that you'll be asked to send in documentation proving your identity.
14:40 27 June 2022
This is called the KYC (Know Your Customer) procedure and it involves a lengthy process to get registered. Whether you are visiting a casino or another online betting site, you'll usually be asked to send in documents that contain sensitive, private information about you.
Why Are You Being Asked to Send in Documents?
Gambling sites are all legally obligated to verify the ID of individuals that register on their sites. Since there isn't any contact that takes place face-to-face in an online environment, you'll be asked to send in at least one document that contains your picture. Some of the documents you may be asked for include:
- A copy of your passport
- A copy of your government ID
- A copy of your driver’s license
- A copy of a bank statement
- A copy of a utility bill that indicates your name and your address
In most cases you won't have to send in a copy of all of the documents listed above but you can expect to be asked to send in at least two of them. The casino needs to confirm your identity first before allowing you to play in order to meet legal requirements. If these betting sites don't verify your ID they risk losing their licenses.
Is It Safe to Share My Identity with a Casino?
If you feel unsure about sending in your documents, you are not alone. You are giving out very private information over the Internet, which is something we were taught never to do. Cybercrime has reached an all-time high especially during and following the pandemic and you may feel hesitant to provide such detailed information. For example, do you really want others to have access to your passport number? Do you want to share your banking information online? The answer to this is probably “no” but many people end up sending in the documents so that they can get access to the casino or to the other gambling site.
Are casinos that don’t request documents safe?
More and more gamblers are turning to no documents casinos to do their gambling. These sites don't require documentation so you don't have to worry about exposing your personal details on the Internet. A no documents casino is completely legitimate since it will still verify your ID when you first register. Your identity can be checked through your method of payment. When you first deposit money your ID will be verified that way and you can go ahead and start playing right away. It's a much faster process and one that is much more secure.
As with all casinos and online gambling sites it's always important to make sure that you are registering with a legal and legitimate website. Make sure that the casino has been licensed and has SSL certificates first before signing up whether the site asks for documentation or not.