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  1. #1 Can someone help me make sense of this? 
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    Here's a bizarre story for you. I'm a sports bettor, not a very good one, lifetime net loser.

    Tonight one of my two legal US sportsbooks notified me through a green screen that appeared for just a few seconds stating that I had won $615. It didn't say for what I had won it. I contacted the book through their chat function and asked what was going on. The first guy I chatted with said he didn't know anything about it and that they were not giving out $600 bonuses for new players. I'm not a new player in any event. I did a little more looking around on the site and was told that I had won something that would constitute a "Tax Reported Prize." I'd never heard of such a thing, but with a little more looking online, I learned that such a "prize" has to be reported on a special IRS form, and in order to constitute a "tax reported prize," the winning wager must be for at least $600, and the payout must be for at least THREE HUNDRED TIMES THE ORIGINAL WAGER. In my case that would mean I had to have made a wager in the amount of TWO DOLLARS AND FIVE CENTS PAYING THREE HUNDRED TIMES THE ORIGINAL WAGER.

    Part of the puzzle here is that I have never made a wager that small at the book in question, and I sure as hell haven't had any wagers with odds of 300 times the original wager! The kicker is that I really don't want anything to do with filing a W2G tax form, and I'm suspicious of what the book is up to with the idea that I ever made such a wager.

    Call me effing crazy (and you might be right), but I have a reason to be suspicious of the book's motive for concocting this story: The day before this story about this magical 300X winning wager that I never made came up, the book had just installed a new app for all of its users. I was very dismayed with the app because the type size is tiny and hard to read, which is going to result in some users making mistakes when posting wagers. I also told the book that I was going to notify the local gaming commission of my concerns about that aspect of the new app.

    So, my crazy theory is that the book is effing with me because of my complaint about the new app and my statement that I would be taking this up with the commission. Now they come up with this nutjob story that I made a $2.05 wager that paid 300x the original bet, thus JUST BARELY meeting the standard for a "TAX REPORTED PRIZE" and requiring me to file an extra damned tax form. I really think they're trying to stick it to me for my complaint.

    Like I said, call me crazy but how the hell else do you make sense out of their fiction?
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    So are you saying you have to fill out a form they give you to fill out? If you do, that $600 just might cost you THOUSANDS in identity theft. Not sure what book did this but it screams RED FLAG!
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    RED FLAG
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    Trustworthy, local options available. So much better to play that way
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    First red flag is green screen
    Second saying you have to fill out a tax form for an online win over $600, you don't even have to claim that at a local casino or sportsbook.
    Third support told you they knew nothing.

    Name the book you are talking about.
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    Nigerian scam.
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