Susan Tompor: Roku setup, activation scam doesn't include cold calls, bogus links: What to know

All she wanted to do was replace her old Roku device to stream movies and TV shows onto her new TV during the pandemic. If things worked out, she even hoped to use the set-up to teach remote classes at a local community college. Instead, Maureen McDonald ended up dishing out $189.99 to scam operators. The Roku scam is as nasty as they come and one that many consumers, including me, never heard about or paid much attention to in the past. Yet as streaming services grew in popularity during the pandemic, scammers upped their game. Nobody called or texted McDonald out of the blue to threaten or s…

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