The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a warning to sports fans who are hoping to watch live streams of high school football games or other sporting events. While some schools offer legitimate streaming services either for free or with a subscription, there has been an increase in scam streaming sites, particularly on Facebook.
These scam sites often make enticing offers to watch a specific school’s game, but BBB investigator Don O’Brien advises caution when clicking on these links. If the link is not coming directly from the school but from a third party, it is important to be wary.
Last year, state associations overseeing high school sports in Indiana, North Carolina, and New Mexico also issued warnings about scam streaming sites. These sites can be deceptive and lead to various dangers for users, including potential financial scams and malware downloads.
It is crucial for sports fans to be aware that legitimate live streaming services are typically offered directly through the school or reputable platforms. Schools will often promote their streaming options through official channels such as their website or social media accounts. Users should always verify the source of the link before clicking on it, as scammers often use fake accounts and URLs that closely resemble the official ones.
To ensure a safe streaming experience, experts recommend relying on established platforms and official school channels. If you encounter any suspicious streaming sites, it is recommended to report them to the BBB or your local authorities to help protect others from falling victim to these scams.
– Better Business Bureau
– State associations overseeing high school sports in Indiana, North Carolina, and New Mexico