The Indiana High School Athletic Association is warning the public about scams emerging around the streaming of live high school games in the state.
Heath Shanahan, the director of broadcasting and executive producer for IHSAA, told the Indianapolis NBC affiliate that he has seen a rise in fraudulent streams.
“It’s just another way for scammers to take advantage of the situation because they know people are looking for these livestreams, they know people want to support their local community high school,” Shanahan said.
According to Shanahan, one sign that a stream may be fraudulent is if the platform only allows viewers to watch if they enter their personal information. Fake social media accounts may even tag schools or IHSAA to appear legitimate.
The IHSAA went so far as to post screenshots on its Twitter account, illustrating what these fake streams look like.
Avoid Fake Live Streams for Indiana High School Sports!#IHSAA News Release: https://t.co/KP0Mw2MqEd @IHSAAtv pic.twitter.com/jRVzdtd02F— IHSAA (@IHSAA1) August 20, 2021