How fraudsters use OTT platforms to con users by offering free movies
Kochi: As movies on OTT (Over-The-Top) platforms have huge demand in recent times, the frauds also are taking the same path. The subscribers have to spend money according to different packages for watching movie on OTT platforms. But some service providers are offering free subscription along with recharge packages.
The frauds are exploiting this opportunity. On seeing free subscription offer to watch movies on OTT platforms, majority of people will click the link provided by the gang. A home page which looks similar to the website of the service provider is seen.
One can recognise the fake website only by checking the URL of the page. If they fail to identify this, the subscriber will lose money from the account. When the link is accessed, they will be asked to enter the mobile phone number and choose the offer given by the OTT platform.
After this, the customer will be asked to provide ATM card number and other details as part of subscribing to the package. By the time this step is completed, they will receive a message showing money was lost. The payment method of the fake websites is similar to that of the normal recharging of the service providers.
The Cyber Cell authorities direct people to enter links only after crosschecking the URL of the websites. It is ideal to directly visit the websites of the service providers for recharging and other services, they added.