Internet gambling has not eliminated poker cheats or other cons since the introduction of website casinos in the past decade. One might argue that the Internet provide enough information, both good and bad, that it cultivates a poker school for cheaters, a community of sleaze balls who nonetheless also chat, e-mail each other or otherwise compare notes just how to get around security features at poker room websites, or trickle players and into pushing money into one of their schemes. If you’re losing enough money already with losing hands, you probably don’t want your situation compounded by getting ripped off by grifters.
Cheating has gotten more sophisticated over the years, as the poker school that is the web has taught the culprits how to be subtle in their tactics. The two most common forms of cheating are actually hacking activities modified for the poker community. One is to send virus-infected e-mails to players who are on a mailing list, which may expose the poker directory you may be personally maintaining to others. A practice called “hex editing” is also popular, wherein the cheater or hacker opens in online poker client’s profile, steals the profile information or else uses the names and aliases for their own nefarious purposes.
Also popular among graduates of the poker school of cheating is the use of phishing techniques to drag people over to a scam website that looks just like a player’s favorite online poker room or casino website, wherein the user may unfortunately proceed to spend money on, before discovering it’s a phony site. Unlike real online poker rooms, that have large amounts of security features to prevent a misplacement of money and/or hacking of your account, the dummy sites only set up to get your money in a hurry. The bottom line is, don’t get defrauded, stop and check your e-mails for authenticity, and make sure that each online site you’re on is the real thing!