There are now more cord cutters than cable TV subscribers. With this growth in popularity has also brought a growing number of scams targeting cord cutters.
Today we are going to break down some of the most common scams that are targeting cord cutters right now. Hopefully, this will help you avoid these common scams.
Bill Pay Scams
Increasingly scammers are sending out emails that appear to be from Netflix, for example, asking you to update your billing info. Scammers are trying to get you to hand over your credit card info.
How to avoid this scam. Never click links in an email. Always look closely, not at the name used in the email but at the actual email address to make sure it is not from a random website. If in doubt, go to the website of the service to check your billing information.
Illegal Streaming Services
Did you know not all online streaming services are legal? Increasingly pirated services have been promoting themselves as legal services. Increasingly pirated services, often known as IPTV services, try to trick you into paying for pirated services.
There are a few easy ways to figure out if these services are legal or not. First, do they offer premium channels like HBO free with the base plan? Do they offer locals from areas you do not live in?
Lastly, the best way to know if something is legal or not is to ask yourself does this sound too good to be true?
Be careful about paying for illegal services, as went they get shut down, you often do not get your money back.
Stealing Your Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, etc Accounts
One of the biggest scams right now is when someone tries to steal your account so they can resell it. Scammers do this a few different ways first, by tricking you through emails and other ways to sign into fake websites pretending to be Netflix, for example.
The other way scammers steal your account is by hacking other websites that you use the same username and password on.
Two ways to protect your account from someone stealing it are by not reusing the same username and password around multiple websites. The other way thing you need to do is ve very careful about opening links in emails asking you to log into your account, for example.
As always, be careful with emails you get but didn’t ask for.
These are the most common scams targeting cord cutters always be careful of any and all online accounts you have. Never reuse usernames and passwords and be careful of emails asking you to update payment info or log into your account.