One of the most searched terms is “watch free movies online”. This indicates that many people are searching for a way to watch their favorite movies without having to pay for expensive monthly cable subscriptions.
Although it is understandable, given the ridiculously expensive cable and satellite fees, it can not be justified in the light of the indirect costs that come with it.
There are websites on the Internet that offer the opportunity to watch movies online for free. The truth is that there is a huge cost that comes with using those sites.
For one, it is illegal. And those sites are violating the law by publishing those movies on their sites. And if you pay close attention those copies are pirated. It is more clear in case of newly released movies. You will find that the copy they are displaying is taped by a camera in a movie theatre!
By using those sites you are supporting an illegal activity.
They don’t make money straight from you as a user, but they place ads from shady ads networks who allow any kind of ads.
Some are also running scams on their sites.
For instance, one of the sites was allowing a few loads before a script on the site takes control of your screen and gives you a message that your computer has been identified for illegal display and distribution of copyrighted material and that the police is on the way to arrest you and seize the computer, which is now frozen on the act you were doing (the illegal one they mentioned earlier).
After you try to get out of the site or do anything just to find out that your computer is not responding you start to believe them. The next message will ask you to pay the fine, usually hundreds of dollars, if you want to gain control back on your computer.
The software gives you the opportunity to pay online and of course some people respond and pay them. And when they mention it to their friends they discover that they have been scammed.
Some of the sites that offer you to watch free movies online use a script to collect your sensitive information, including any credit card you have used on that computer to pay your bills, and unless your credit card companies get your back on the fraudulent transactions you will find yourself in deep troubles.
The other way those sites might get you in trouble is by really finding yourself facing legal charges.
The famous example that took the Internet by storm a few years ago was when a woman illegally downloaded 24 copyrighted songs. Her sentence was $4 millions in fines!
That kind of sentence could financially break any middle class family.
Do you think it’s worth it?