Scammers trapping users via fake VPN services after anti-privacy bill

Last updated: May 19, 2024 Reading time: 2 minutes
Scammers trapping users via fake VPN services after anti-privacy bill

Recently signed by trump, the new broadband laws will allow ISPs to sell your data without any legal barrier. Users’ personal data could be sent to any third parties, including advertisers, and that’s what makes users perturbed. For securing sensitive data, many customers consider having a VPN, which is the most efficient way to make their browsing history safe.

Unfortunately, taking advantage of such urgency, many scammers are now in haste to trap users by offering a fake VPN service.

Motherboard, a tech website that first reported the issue, said that a scammer offers “MySafeVPN” access to people through sending emails. The scammer also claimed that this VPN service is launched by  Plex media streaming company.

The phony Plex email. Screenshot: Nicholas Deleon/Motherboard

The scammer has also contacted Motherboard’s writer through email and asked him to use MySafeVPN services to prevent ongoing privacy threats. The writer Nicholas Deleon authenticated the offer by asking Plex about it, yet the service proved to be fake.

However, Plex’s co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Scott Olechowski, denied launching such a service, saying, “If anything, it suggests that is super sketchy and we would recommend using almost any other VPN service with your Plex Media Server.”

It seems like the user’s information has been stolen to contact them as the customers of other services are also likely to receive such messages. To this, the most appropriate conclusion that could be made is that message boards were accessed and the details were taken.

Such scammers are like the ones who often ask users to fix their PC or mobile issues by offering them services that don’t exist. The recent user concern about the privacy of their browsing history has been used by the new scammers as a golden opportunity to take benefits.


But you can avoid these malicious attempts by sticking to the reputable and proven VPN services in the industry and has a strong customer base. You can follow our Best VPN services guide to know more about such VPN services.

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Zehra Ali is a Tech Reporter and Journalist. She has done her Masters in Mass Communication. Topics related to cybersecurity, IoT, AI, Big Data and other privacy matters are extensively covered by her on various platforms. You can follow her on twitter.

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