Beware: Scammers Are Targeting Cord Cutters With Fake Streaming Service Deals





Streaming services, like virtually every other business, roll out special holiday promotions every year. But not all the offers are legitimate.

Cord Cutters News spotted a few examples of people on Facebook who’ve potentially received emails from scammers posing as popular streamers.

The users shared separate experiences about getting emails saying they’ve been “randomly selected” for a “limited offer” to get Paramount+ and Hulu each for $2 a year. Both emails included a button to click to claim the offer. 

Cyber criminals are always looking for and finding new and creative ways to steal your personal information. It’s always a good idea to vet an offer, especially if it comes via email.

If you visit Paramount+’s website, you’ll see that it’s running a Black Friday sale through December 3, but the discount doesn’t match the one shared by the Facebook user. 

Paramount+ is offering its Essential plan for $1.99 a month or Paramount+ with Showtime for $3.99 a month for three months. The discount applies to new and former subscribers, and it’s redeemable through the streaming service’s website.   

The same goes for Hulu. If you visit the streaming service’s site, you won’t see an advertisement for a $2 a year deal. Hulu’s homepage spotlights its Disney Bundle Duo Basic and Disney Bundle Trio Basic plans – $9.99 a month and $14.99 a month, respectively. 

This doesn’t mean that all promotional offers that arrive in your email are fake. Some are the real deal, but a quick visit to a company’s official website can save you from getting caught in a phishing scam or malware on your device.  

If you get an email like this, check for other inconsistencies as well. Do you notice any spelling errors in the sender’s email address, message’s text, or subject line? Have you received an email from the sender or company before? Does the sender ask for personal information? 

If you notice anything amiss in an email, it’s likely a scam.

One glaring discrepancy can be found at the bottom of the screenshot for the phony Paramount+ deal. It says the recipient can unsubscribe to the emails by “clicking here” or writing to an address in Las Vegas, Nevada. A quick search of the listed address doesn’t return a location with any connection to Paramount Global, but a Wendy’s fast food restaurant. 

Fraudsters can create strikingly believable messages to lure you in, but recognizing the red flags and doing some minor detective work can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

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