What is the new scam by Internet Service Providers? | Most of you are complaining about service providers’ scams and how to avoid them. Old Internet Service Providers have been doing a great job for several years but the scam reports are increasing day-by-day. It could also be because of the new Internet Service Providers who are offering their internet services at cheaper prices – such ISPs are mostly a scam. You must always verify their authenticity before sharing your personal or financial information with them. Your social, credit card or address is some crucial information that could be used against you or misused for anything you have no idea about.
The best idea to avoid such incidents to happen would be to invest in ISPs that are known to have been in the business for decades such as CenturyLink Internet, Mediacom. Spectrum. Frontier, Xfinity, and Cox, etc. They might be expensive than the scam offers of new ISPs in the market, but they are secure.
If you are accepting cheaper options, just because you cannot afford them. You must know that the price of internet services in your area largely depends on where you reside and what ISPs are serviceable there. However, there are always some discounts, promotions, special discounts based on your profession, age, or income – that you can check with your ISP if you are eligible for them or not.
Let’s discuss the new scam by Internet Service Providers in the further read so you can stay cautious!
How to be vigilant to avoid scams?
- If you contact the customer support of your ISP, they’ll verify you through questioning. It is a legal call but a scam call is completely different from an authorized one. However, nowadays, scammers are looking forward to fetching information from people so they can use it for illegal purposes which can start with blackmailing and the list goes on.
- If you receive a call from an unknown number and claim that they are from your Internet Service Provider Company, don’t trust them unless you verify them. If they straightforwardly ask you to reveal your information, then it is definitely a scam. So make sure to recognize and confirm that the call is original, not fake.
- For example, Verizon is a trusted ISP in the United States. If you use their internet services and someone calls you and tells you that they want to visit your house, then it could be a scam. It is because Verizon doesn’t have time to visit its customers.
- If the organization’s members want to visit their customers, they tell them a specific time. There is a reason for it, usually a technical glitch reported from your end. Hardware update or anything of that sort would be documented aka emailed to their respective customers to keep the things legitimate and trackable. Check with their official number before sharing your information.
Verizon is offering a $200 refund. Do you believe it?
- If you face any fault in your internet services from Verizon, they’ll help you fix the issue. On the other hand, if someone calls you that he is from Verizon and offers you a refund of $200, then it is a scam. Thus, think wisely and don’t get trapped with such greedy offers. These offers are usually used as bait to lure their target for scamming purposes.
- Scammers will ask you to call on a number they provide and misguide you to deposit money and follow some steps. You don’t have to fall into their trap. After making sure that the call is from a scammer, we recommend not answering the call again. But if they continuously call you, you can openly tell them that you know the truth or are just not interested. Showing disinterest in their offer can diffuse the situation instantly.
Scammers are using such tactics to steal the information of people that can be scammed. Hacking is not an easy task, and not everyone can do it but making scam calls is what everyone can do quite easily. The responsive and smart approach in such scenarios before you share any information would be to ensure their credibility with people you know including your neighbor, colleagues, and responding to online comments/reviews.