RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – It’s championship weekend for Virginia High School Sports and the Virginia High School League has partnered with the NFHS network to broadcast all games for one low fee.
Online scammers have recently created fake VHSL and NFHS-like accounts by attaching a link claiming to access a game’s stream.
“Anything that doesn’t say NFHS Network is a scam,” says Billy Haun, executive director of VHSL.
VHSL will post a source of live stream information on its Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, all of which are verified sources. The only other verified source that is safe is nfhsnetwork.com.
To stream a game, you must be a member of the NFHS network, or you can pay per game. A monthly subscription is $10.99 per month. Unfortunately, Haun says VHSL sees an increase in scams around this time every year.
“There have been quite a few links that say to watch all the events here, then when you click on the link, it’s a dead end,” says Haun. “You gave them your information and you get nothing.”
The most recent scam came from a tweet that has since been deleted. The tweet included a link to watch the Glen Allen baseball quarterfinal against Independence. David Lewis, an assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division, says scammers are masters at manipulation and fraudulent accounts can look very real.
“Trust your instincts, even if you’re not sure why to stop. This is where we are the resource. Give us a call and let us help you with this process,” says Lewis.
VHSL games start at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and there will be more than 20 games streamed this weekend for Richmond-area schools between grades 3A and 6A. You can stream the games live on nfhsnetwork.com.