These days, a very common scam is spreading, not only among the people of the United States but also in the poorer parts of the world. Scammers are posing as customer service representatives for streaming services, making people their prey under the guise of helping with calls you made or any other number you called from.

THE MOST COMMON WAYS THAT YOU GET INTO THEIR TRAP.

  • Whenever you go through the registration process for a streaming service, it will be displayed on your TV screen. And if you make even a slight mistake, your screen will take you to a page where you’ll see a number and a message that instructs you to call this number for further registration. However, be cautious and make sure to call the legitimate number associated with the streaming service, not the one which is provided by the scammers.

According to The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Sometimes, scammers often prevent users from logging into their streaming service through pop-up messages. These messages claim that there is an issue with the streaming device or subscription. To address the alleged issue, the pop-up provides a phone number to call or a website to visit,When users call the provided number, they immediately connect with a scammer posing as a customer service representative. The representative informs them that to regain access to their streaming service or device, users must make a payment for activation fees or grant remote control of their smart TV.”
Please be cautious of such scams, and never share personal or financial information with unknown sources. If you have any concerns, it’s best to contact your streaming service provider directly through their official channels.

In such a situation, how to know whether the call we have made or which we received is a legitimate call?

  • First and foremost, make an effort to determine whether the individual or pretended representative is not requesting any confidential information, such as your complete card number, card expiration date, or the security code on the back of your card.
  • whether that person or any representative is requesting you to go your computer or phone to connect you remotly.
  • whether that person or any representative is asking you or forcing you to purchase any gift cards .

NOTE-: If you are stuck or about to face any of the above situations then please disconnect that call and do visit the official website of your streaming service and call its helpline.

Here are how the some recent fraud operates

Scammers frequently utilize pop-up windows to block consumers from accessing their streaming services, claiming there is a problem with the streaming device or subscription.

A pop-up offers the users a phone number to call or a website to visit in order to solve the estimated problem.

When users call the customer service number, they immediately connect with a fraudulent individual posing as a customer service representative. The representative claims that in order to regain access to their streaming service or device, the user must make a payment for activation fees or provide remote control access to their smart TV.

Scammers may also be able to access smart TVs when users click the link in a pop-up. Once they have control, these scammers can install malware on the computer or other device and collect private data. To safeguard your security and privacy, you must take care not to click on any dubious links.

BBB said that in one example, scamsters agreed to pay a user through a gift card to add ‘anti-hacking security’ to their account.

You don’t want to get caught up in this.”The Better Business Bureau (BBB) said It’s very easy to put your device to work, and the quick satisfaction of knowing that it will (get the job done) makes it an ideal goal for these cunning artists.

To avoid smart TV scams, use these tips:

  • Double-check any fees you’re supposed to pay. If scam artists ask you to pay activation fees, antivirus protection fees, or any other kind of charges, do some research beforehand.
  • Avoid visiting phony websites. Scammers tend to use URLs that just change by one or two letters when building fake websites. Check the URL twice because these bogus websites can be harmful, even on smart TVs. Avoid clicking on links in pop-up windows as a further measure of safety. Instead, enter the website’s URL into your browser directly.
  • Check before you call. If a “customer service” phone number appears in a pop-up, double-check it before you call by comparing it to the number listed on the streaming service or TV manufacturer’s website.
  • Never let anyone control your device remotely. Scammers usually ask for remote computer access, or your smartphones but they could also ask for access to your smart TV. Don’t ever give control of your device to a stranger.

These are a few of the streaming sites where subscribers have recently been duped by con artists.

  • HBO
  • Hulu
  • Disney
  • espn
  • amazon
  • netflix
  • peacock tv
  • tubi tv
  • usa network
  • syfy
  • showtime
  • global tv
  • ctv
  • abc
  • showtime
  • crave
  • cnbc
  • dish
  • pbs
  • AETV

and many more ……..

they are mostly attacking the users who has having the free services of these above platform from their internet providers or the service providers.

Note-:Anyone who believes they’ve fallen victim to a suspected scam is urged to report it using the BBB Scam Tracker.

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