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BBB Warns Consumers About Clicking Streaming High School Sports Links

The posts often will tag the schools involved to make the post appear legitimate. The scammers hope the would-be viewer inputs their information and pays to watch the event.

The BBB's Pamela Hernandez speaks with Fred Fletcher-Fierro about high school streaming sports scam links.

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Millions of Americans daily stream their favorite movies, shows, and sports.

As a result of the growth of streaming KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro reports scammers are targeting streaming high school games.

Fall sports seasons are underway across the US, and family members and friends want to follow their favorite athletes, and these days they can thanks to the rise of streaming high school sports.

While many pandemic-era adjustments to high school athletic events have vanished, live streaming continues to stick around.

Unfortunately, scammers have followed, posting links to fake streams on social media in an attempt to capture personal information or money as fans log in to watch their team play.

Pamela Hernandez of the Better Business Bureau in Springfield, Missouri says to be aware of fake high school sports stream links on social media.

“Consumers have told the BBB that they were getting some of these social media posts, often tagging the school to try and make it seem more legitimate and then taking the consumer to a site, asking for personal information asking them to pay, credit card information.”

Many southwest Missouri high schools have partnered with a local broadcaster to livestream their events at no cost. While Joplin High School athletics stream their football games at no cost on the district's Joplin Eagle Network, or JETHD.

Check with your school district first before paying to stream any high school sports.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.