Fears cash­back site deals fuel gam­bling

Daily Mail - - Money Mail - l.mil­ner@dai­ly­mail.co.uk

CASH­BACK web­sites stand ac­cused of en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to gam­ble on­line by of­fer­ing money back if they sign up to bet­ting sites.

TopCash­back and Quidco of­fer shop­pers money back when they use their sites to click through to on­line re­tail­ers. They pay the cash­back web­sites com­mis­sion for pass­ing on cus­tomers, which the web­sites then give to you. You earn cash­back on ev­ery­thing from clothes and DIY pur­chases to ho­tel book­ings and in­sur­ance.

Money Mail has dis­cov­ered that some of the top-pay­ing deals are for poker sites, on­line book­ies, bingo and lot­ter­ies.

Quidco is ad­ver­tis­ing 80 gam­bling of­fers, in­clud­ing up to £150 for cus­tomers who place £ 80 in on­line poker bets. TopCash­back has 111 gam­bling of­fers.

Marc Etches, of char­ity Gam­bleAware, says: ‘Prob­lem gam­blers strug­gle with self- con­trol and a cash­back in­cen­tive makes it more dif­fi­cult.’

Adam Bul­lock, of TopCash­back, adds: ‘We sign­post re­spon­si­ble gam­bling and in­clude links to ad­vice from Gam­bleAware.’ A Quidco spokesman says: ‘Mem­bers can also block gam­bling of­fers with two clicks.’

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