How the scam works:
DishTV is a very popular satellite television service provider, competing with cable television and ranking high on the scale of its customers for great customer service.
Being a company that is known for offering great discounts on service makes this TV promotion scam that much more believable to the victims.
In this scam, the criminals --claiming to be DishTV reps-- are calling customers and offering them a too good to be true deal of 12 months service for a six month payment in advance. They are requesting the victims pay for the service using prepaid credit cards such as Green Dot MoneyPack, which are readily available for purchase in any retail store in the US.
Of course, any transactions on these cards are untraceable and the customer has lost their money along with no DishTV service.
How to avoid:
First and foremost, be aware that anything that seems too good to be true probably is. DishTV will never request pre-payment for several months’ worth of service; their service is paid for on a month to month basis. Finally, the request for payment from a pre-paid credit card is another red flag; DishTV will accept payment from any variety of credit or debit cards, checks or money orders.
How to report:
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