A Man of Many Faces: @RacingTipster_ and @BigBenTipping

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Heads up!

This post is split into two parts. Originally it was entirely going to be a guest post, but I’ve since found information I wanted to share on the subject.

So the first part of this post is written by me, and another part is written by someone who wanted to remain anonymous. I will clearly mark where my post ends and theirs begins.

If you have anything you want to report contact me on twitter @CJ_BetSmarter and I’ll see about posting it.

Context: RacingTipster (real name Mark) is (well, was) a VIP tipster on twitter charging £40 lifetime. In May his “brother”, “Ben”, took over tipping his account and then soon after started his own tipster account and VIP service, again charging £40.

I think this is a very important point to make. We found Mark’s Facebook. I’m not in the business of giving out people’s personal information so I’m not going to post it here.

I will tell you that Mark has just one person on his friends list named ‘Ben’.  This ‘Ben’ has a different surname – you’re thinking it could be a step brother etc? Well not only do they live in different parts of the UK (also a possibility), but after checking over both Mark and Ben’s Facebook friends list I find that to be a very slim possibility – for example they both have other family members on Facebook but neither of them have the same.

Not only this, but Mark does have family members listed on Facebook. There is no ‘Ben’ listed as a family member.

Also interesting & take of this what you will – Mark posted affiliate links to bookies a lot of times on his own personal Facebook. Now scamming people you don’t know is one thing, but doing it to friends? That’s a whole new low.

Also, besides running @RacingTipster_ and now @BigBenTipping, Mark also ran a page on Facebook to run syndicates on ColossusBets. He would ask people to send him £5 via PayPal using the ‘Friends and Family’ option (to avoid a small fee). The only posts on the page are from October 2014 to November 2014. I can’t confirm whether there were more posts that were deleted or not, but if not then it appears the page wasn’t too successful or it was a short term scam.

Take a look at when Mark got asked this question:

A very smart question, with an unsatisfying answer. It’s like me telling someone I’ll represent them in court for murder and telling them “Don’t worry, I’ve been doing this for years!” when really I would have no clue what I was doing. Where’s the proof? Being this was on the very first post on this Facebook page, I would have left straight away but unfortunately it seems some didn’t and actually sent Mark money.

Oh yeah, Mark also included one of those ‘special codes’ you see bookie affiliates love to push, no surprise there…

Tipster Collusion

I’ve also been sent of a DM where a tipster admits to knowing that RacingTipster was scamming people even though they promoted him with retweets etc. I’m not going to show that here because the focus here is to make people aware of Mark and to stay away from him. If I get any more on this I will write a separate article.

The reason I’ve said this is so you know to be aware or tipsters retweeting other tipsters. Just because you see a tipster you trust retweet another doesn’t mean you can trust them – do your own research into them and form your own opinion on them.

Heads up! This is where the guest post begins.

RacingTipster (real name Mark) is (well, was) a VIP tipster on twitter charging £40 lifetime. On twitter he tipped football, and you could make a separate payment to receive horse tips from him on Tipstrr. It is worth noting that if you are a VIP member of RacingTipster’s account, that there has not been any tips from him since May. All his free twitter is used for now is to retweet BigBenTipping. If you have ever followed RT you will be used to a constant spam of VIP offers, now this could be an unpopular opinion but if you are that good a tipster, you do not need to be constantly influx peoples timelines with offers or your VIP membership, show your betslips with your tips and people will come to you if they think you are worth paying for, otherwise it just looks like you are desperate for money.

What I know:

Scam No.1- A while ago Mark announced he needed back surgery after a car crash, and that he would no longer be backing his own tips because he needed to be saving up for an op, but he did set up a justgiving page for his followers to donate to him. This page raised 2k. £2000. There has been no evidence of this operation, just Mark tweeting that he is ‘recovering well’

Scam No.2- During a festival last month, Mark claimed to have a horse that cost him £100 to get the info for, he was then selling this horse info at £20, the horse didnt even get a place in the top 5. Who knows where this info came from, maybe it was another way of him trying to pull money from his naive followers pockets.

Scam No.3- Mark ran a fantasy football league, £10 to join and the winner takes all, fair enough seems fun. However, when the winner Direct Messaged Mark with his screenshot of winning the league, Mark then blocked the winner, therefore he did not receive the nearly £200 he should have had. Mark gained £200 from this scam.

Scam No.4- Mark announced at the end of May that his ‘brother’ Ben would be taking over the VIP account. However, ‘Ben’ tipped the exact same things that Mark did and typed the same sort of tweets aka ‘PRINTING MONEY’ ‘ON FIREEEEE’ when questioned Mark replied that he told Ben how to tweet so the account could be ran the same, I mean, come on. After a successful week Ben decided to create a VIP account, this came with mixed reactions with some people agreeing and some disagreeing. So, BigBenVIP was created and it was announced it was £40 lifetime membership, but guess what? That is the same as Mark’s! And when you click on the link to pay BigBen, it is the exact same link as it is to pay Mark, Ben’s excuse being that Mark’s account is a registered business so it is easier to do that then create a separate paypal, this is complete bullsh*t, Mark tells you to pay via friends and family on paypal, not business, this is to avoid a tiny % of money being taken in the transaction. Whenever someone questions either of the accounts about this theory, they are blocked without response.

How he treats his followers, can you blame followers for wanting a refund if you are going to accept their money knowing you wont be giving them tips?

Mark was not getting anymore people on his VIP lifetimes so pretended that his brother, was taking over, he waited a week, gained some followers and then went VIP, plainly because he knew he would get more money if there was a new VIP account under someone elses name, if you are one of those who paid for Mark’s BigBenVIP account, you really need to look at yourself and think that a red light should have shown in your mind when you see the exact same Paypal for someone, at the end of the day, how hard is it to create your own paypal if you really were Ben and why would you want the money people are paying for your tips to go to your brother, once again, if you were Ben? To put it simply, RacingTipster and BigBenTipping are the same person.

One more thing to be aware of, Mark has not been active on VIPlifetimes but has appeared to stay active on Tipstrr for his horse racing tips, his results have been very poor, the graphs unfortunately do not work on there but did show that he was never in profit. Would you pay for someone who was never in profit? Although Mark is not active on his VIP page, people did pay for it recently and are not getting refunds.

This has been a negative post, but it needed to be said. To be honest, there has been a consistent flow of winners at good odds from Mark on the BigBen account, so I am not putting his tips down to shame, but the way he has gone about getting money from followers by creating a new account and pretending to be someone else to get more money, is a disgrace. Remember, we arent talking 10s or even hundreds of pounds, we are talking thousands. BigBenVIP now has 267 followers, paying £40 each makes that £10,680 all earned by scamming naive punters, and that is without the just giving page and any other scam that we arent aware of.

Be careful who you pay for.

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