Guest Post: Lookout Says Don’t Let Scammers Dunk On Your March Madness Bracket

March Madness is in full swing! For many college basketball fans, a large part of the fun comes in creating a bracket, competing against other fans for bragging rights and of course, winning a little money. Unfortunately, scammers take all the fun out of the tournament by creating false betting websites and pocketing your hard earned cash. 

Lookout, the leader in delivering integrated Security, Privacy, and Identity Theft Protection solutions, wants fans to stay safe from potential scams and has listed a few tips that make an impact. 

Lookout suggest all be wary when placing bets by doing the following:

Place a bet through a well established and approved services
Do research and ensure the website selected for betting is verified before adding financial information. Confirm with the local gaming commission or the ESPN website about a service that you are unfamiliar with. 

Don’t fall for ads
A fan may receive spam text messages and emails claiming to be a legitimate betting service. Don’t fall for the false advertising.

Avoid providing additional personal information when prompted
If a website asks for additional personal information when placing a bet or cashing out do not provide it. Most betting sites will not need your social security number. 

Pay attention to the fine print
Read the fine print when finding a service. Any language that presents urgency, limited spots, risk-free betting, or a 100% guarantee is a red flag. 

Lookout helps protect your digital information at every level – from the device you hold, to the apps and online services you use and the networks you connect to. Lookout also continuously monitors the internet to ensure what matters to you the most – such as social security and credit card numbers – aren’t exposed. And if anything happens, Lookout’s team of experts and a $1 million identity theft insurance policy are here to back you up.

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