There seems to be a Ruko Technology PayPal scam being sent by scammers. Therefore, Ruko customers are asked to be on the lookout and should take the necessary precautions. With a variety of opportunistic and fraudulent sites out there today and new ones popping up often, it is important to understand the details of different types of scams and what you can do to protect yourself.
How to Protect Yourself
Scams requiring a fee to activate a Roku device: If a website reports that your activation code failed, do not call their "support phone number" for help. They are only looking to charge your credit card for activation which is not necessary. Remember, activating your Roku device is always free, and always has been (i.e., Roku has never charged for device activation). If you need help, review the steps required to complete the device activation process.
Scams charging to create a Roku account: If you speak on the phone with someone posing as a "Roku support agent" and they want to charge your credit card to create a Roku account or to register your player, hang up! There is never a charge to create a Roku account. When you set up and activate your Roku device, you are prompted to create your free account, or if you prefer, you can create your Roku account ahead of time by visiting roku.com/signup.
Scams asking for money to help with setup: There is no fee to set up your Roku device. The Roku support site contains a number of instructional videos and articles to assist you in setting up your Roku device(s) for free, and owners of eligible products can contact an official Roku support agent as well.
Scams selling service or support subscriptions: Do not pay for a monthly or annual subscription with the promise of help with wireless network issues, remote control problems, or other technical issues. You will likely never get to use your subscription as most scammers pack up and close shop before you get the assistance you need. For help with these types of technical issues, visit the Roku support site, or connect with other customers on the Roku Community.
Scams taking control of your Roku device: Beware of scammers who try and activate your Roku device using their own Roku account. If successful, they can disable your Roku device at any time and demand credit card payment for reactivation. Always activate your Roku device yourself using your own valid email address and a strong, secure password.
Scams seeking access to your computer: Do not grant remote access to your computer even if a scammer claims to be able to use it to activate your Roku device or resolve a technical issue. This tactic is often used to install malicious software and access it to steal your personal and financial information. Some scammers even ask you to pay for the software with a promise that it prevents viruses and helps your computer run faster.
Scams selling access to channel bundles or lifetime programming: Premium channels can be installed and subscribed to directly from your Roku device, and you can enter existing subscription details for other paid channels, but Roku does not sell lifetime subscriptions. Be aware if someone tries to sell you this service.
Beyond understanding some of the more common scams out there, there are a number of general practices you should employ to best protect yourself.
- When you are trying to activate your Roku device or seeking technical assistance, make sure you are only visiting official Roku websites. As explained in the previous section, all official Roku websites end with roku.com. Sites that end in another domain (no matter how similar) are not affiliated with Roku and should be avoided.
- Never provide your social security number, date of birth, or Roku account password to anyone when trying to get help with your Roku device. Roku support agents will never ask for this information.
- Do not grant access to your computer, provide computer passwords, or agree to install third-party software when seeking help with your Roku device. You will never be asked by a Roku support agent to provide passwords or install software on your computer.
What to do if you gave contact information to a scammer or paid for support
If you believe you are the victim of an activation or technical support scam from another company, please take the following actions:
- Check your bank and credit card statements for any associated charges.
- Call your credit card company or bank and ask to have any associated charges reversed.
- Remove any software that a scammer may have installed on your computer and change any passwords for programs on your computer that may have been accessed during the scam.
- Change the password on your Roku account.
- Change the password on your email account if you may have shared your email credentials with a scammer.
- Visit the Federal Trade Commission website and file a complaint about the experience.