Why IMPORTANCE ONLINE BETTING Doesn’t Work…For Everyone
One thing there is absolutely no shortage of on the internet is opportunities to gamble. We have been spoilt for choice, whether your fancy is for betting on sports, playing virtual cards or bingo. One of the things that makes internet gambling so potentially dangerous is that it is easily available every day and night a day.
The real danger comes once you combine this factor with the fact that it is very easy to feel detached from the reality of money spent online. Gradually racking up a debt online will not feel the identical to handing over hard earned cash from our wallet, so it’s that much easier to reduce track of how your online spending is mounting up.
For these reasons, debt problems from internet gambling are on the increase. In this posting I hope to clarify some of the legal issues around online gambling, along with providing some advice on coping with the underlying problem and the debts that result from it.
LEGALITIES Around Gambling Debts
When we talk about debt from online gambling it is important to be clear about the nature of the debt, because who the amount of money is owed to does make a difference. People are often unsure concerning the legality of debts from online gambling. In the UK you can gamble legally on credit and incur a debt, but this debt is not then enforceable through the law.
However, there is an important point to make here, which is that this only applies if you are using credit extended by the company offering the gambling (casino, bookie, etc). If you are using a credit card company to pay for internet gambling, that is clearly a legally enforceable debt the same as it would be in virtually any other circumstance, as you have borrowed money from the credit card company, not the casino. It is now against the law in the US to use a credit card to pay for online gambling.
. You will find that lots of bank cards will regard a payment to an internet gambling website as a cash advance. This is then clearly borrowing money from the card company and your debt you incur could be pursued through legal action. If you do use a credit card to cover online gambling this way, you should be aware that cash advances on bank cards are almost always charged at a higher interest than normal credit for purchases.
HOW TO APPROACH Debts Caused By Gambling
In dealing with gambling debts, you can find two separate issues to tackle. One is the debt itself, and another is the habit of gambling that resulted in the debt. Even if the debt is dealt with, chances are to develop again if the root cause is not tackled too. Why don’t we first consider the problem of paying off the debt.
The principles for tackling debt are nearly always the same, irrespective of the causes of the debt. To permanently deal with debt you should not be turning over borrowing more income or paying anyone to deal with your debt for you personally. These courses of action will probably deepen your debt in the long term.
With a little advice, it is possible to deal with your debts yourself, by contacting creditors and agreeing terms for repayment that you can afford. There is clearly more to it than that, but it is beyond the scope of this particular article. The process is easy and allows you to get back control of your finances.