Dish Network Scam

There is a scam going around targeting Indian customers of Dish Network. An Indian man claiming to be from Dish Network recently called my parents house and asked them if they would like to upgrade to a better package – and they would actually save money. Currently they are paying about $80 a month, but the guy on the phone said that they could save money and also receive a better package if they paid $300 for 6 months – he just needed the money upfront. That amounts to about $50/month, which sounded like a good deal to my parents, so they said yes.

But, they said that they would need to see the contract first, to which the scam artist deftly responded that there will be an installation man coming in to install the free DVR’s that they would be receiving with $600 worth of equipment anyways. My parents said that it’s OK, but that they would wait to pay until the installation guy came.

The scam artist said that he would need their account number and last 4 digits of the primary account keeper’s SSN. When my parents asked him why he needed that information (since he was claiming to call from Dish Network), he responded that he just did not have the information in front of him at that moment. So, they unfortunately believed him and gave him that information.

The scam artist activated the channels

The next day all of the channels were actually activated. It seemed that the reason the scam artist needed my parents account information was so that he could call Dish Network himself and activate the channels – which he easily did on his own. This made it seem that he was legitimate so that my parents would feel like they received something, and would then pay the scam artist. Although it was quite surprising that it was so easy for him to just call Dish Network and activate all these channels with just our account number and last 4 digits of an SSN – it seems like there should be some additional checks placed by Dish Network to prevent such actions.

Dish Network confirmed that it was a scam

All of this clearly seemed to be good to true – especially since Dish Network had never called their house themselves before. So, my parents called up Dish Network to confirm that this was a valid promotion and indeed it proved to be a scam. Dish Network said that they never called their home and had no record of that – and Dish network also said that they never call their existing customers directly with new promotions. So, my parents realized that they were almost scammed.

Of course, because he impersonated my parents, they would have found out on their next billing statement that they had been scammed, because the additional charges for the new channels would have shown up on the next billing statement.

Luckily my parents never paid the scam artist, and they ignored his repeated calls. There were a few other red flags like his email address, which was – which obviously looked a bit shady. He had sent an email with more details, and the suspicious thing about that email was that he was using a gmail address. Why would any corporate entity like Dish Network use a gmail address?

The phone number of the scam artist

The phone number used by the scam artist is 347-722-7176, so beware if you receive a call from this number. The name he is currently going by is Rohit Rajput. Also, he will ask for you to give him referrals to your friends, so be careful and do not give out your personal information to him or any of his colleagues.

I think there are probably variations of this scam that target other specific ethnic groups – like Latinos, east Asians, etc. who all have their own ethnicity specific channels at an extra cost of course. So, beware, because this scam is actually pretty clever – and like all good scams there is some element of truth to it, because the scammer does actually activate the channels as a gesture of ‘good faith’.

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  • Raman Nair

    I have a similar experience. I received a call from (909) 233-7202. The guy claimed that he is from DISH network and he offered me ASIANET package and Malayalam mega for $33per month provided I pay three month’s amount in advance. I agreed because I have been paying@ $35.72 per month for the asianet package alone. Within 30 minutes I got access to six additional Malayalam channels. Next day he called again and requested the payment. I gave the credit card information. Then I checked my DISH account and realized that the DISH network charged me additional $24.99 for the Malayalam mega. I called them and cancelled the new channels and called the credit card company and cancelled my creit card . The next day he accessed my account and made some changes. I called the dish and cancelld all the changes and created new user id and password. Within 24 hours he again accessed my accout and changed my user id and password. I again called dish and cancelled all changes and creatd new user id and password. The guy claimed that his name is Kaiash Nath (may be fake name). His number is (848) 456-5030. If you are interested then you may try this number. He is wlling to “help you” I amwondering how a third party can access my account without the user id and password.

  • Californian

    I was conned as well last week. A guy calling himself as Rahul called me and offered 2 years of service for $600.00. He was calling me from 970-329-1866 and 916-259-8875 as well (Both are google subscriber phone nos.). He activated some extra channels while talking to me over the phone and placed an order for a new receiver for the second tv, which was installed by a technician from dish. He also credited $3000.00 in my dish account and was demanding the $600.00 payment to be sent through Walmart to Walmart Transfer or Western Union.

    When I contacted dish directly they connected me to fraud department and I was told that the credit has come from somebody else’s credit card and I have been cheated. They confirmed that the credit deposit didn’t come from dish credit dollars or any promotional discount card. I was suspicious about the promotional offer the moment I saw a new bill generated by Dish for all the extra channels that have been activated. It is good that I called Dish to get this confirmed.

    What made me to fall for this promotion was the activation of extra channels, installation of a new receiver from Dish and credit of $3000.00 in my dish account. I was not aware that he was calling dish and providing my details to activate the extra channels and ordering the receiver. The new technique they are using now is the credit deposit using somebody else’s credit card. We will come to know about this later when the actual card holder finds about the bogus transaction. In the mean time these cheats would have got several referrals from the victims. It is scary that they have access to my dish account and credit card details of customers like us.

  • Frustrated

    Next time when they call …..tell them that you already signed up for 50% off promotion ….then they will come up with some other scheme …..

  • Frustrated

    Just received a call from ” dish network” . The guy was calling from india. He was trying to selling me that 6 month free offer , but as I aware of this situation I told him that I already paid $350 m he got confuse and then. Quickly he was telling me the ” new” offer which is in $300 I could get 2 years of service . I politely ask him then dishnetwork should give me back my $50.
    They had my email id and everything . I don’t know how cause I. Never gave out any information over phone .
    Just careful these guys are still there …..looking for another target .

  • Worried

    P.S. After I got off the phone the first time with him, I realized it was a scam and just didn’t call him back. The second time he called, today, I told him I knew he wasn’t from DISH and he hung up on me!

  • Worried

    A few days ago I had a man with an Indian accent call from 1-888-495-8206. He was claiming to be from DISH and said that we needed to upgrade our receiver or we would lose some channels. I had fallen asleep on the couch before he called and the phone woke me up so I was still tired and groggy and since it was a 1-888 number, and our receiver is ancient, I just thought it was legit. The only information I gave him was some numbers from the satellite when you push the menu button twice and then when you push the menu button twice and push 3. Somehow he found out the name that the account is under, and I didn’t tell him whose name it was under, but he called again today and asked to talk to the account holder by name. Does anybody know if he can get more personal information from DISH by callng and falsely claiming to be the account holder or if he can alter account since he now has the numbers from our receiver and the account holder’s name?

  • ss12383

    Same here… the a..hole told me about satellite orientation crap and needing to upgrade the receiver. I usually don’t fall for such things, but strangely the caller id has “Dish Network” and 800-333-3474 and so i thought it might be legitimate. But the thick north Indian accent of the guy made me suspicious all along when he started asking about my address to ship the receiver, i asked him how come he does not have that information and he started saying some nonsense and i told him to stop calling again.

  • Varoon

    Thanks for sharing Moogalo, great advice!

  • Moogalo

    I got called by this a**hole today as well! This jerk tried to scam my parents around 6 or so months ago but we caught on and informed Dish Network about it. Today he calls again and I yelled my mouth off at him. What a disgrace, seriously. I hope he ends up in jail. Anyway, the problem with him (or this group of callers) is that his number appears as 1-800-333-3474 (which is the customer service # for Dish Network).

    Tips for people:
    This shady guy always calls and says some absurd reason for wanting to change your channels. Today his excuse was that the Dish orbital changed and that's why he needs my info. Can't even scam properly, what a idiot.

    In addition he doesn't ask any verification info and just blankly says he needs your info. If you refuse him, he continues to say he needs it.

    Just remember, anytime someone calls and offers some sort of deal, NEVER give them anything. ALWAYS call the real company and verify before you give away any personal or financial info.

  • boston

    unfortunately i fell for it. exactly the same offer as noted above. below is the email he sent out, He claimed his name as Raj Gupta.
    the next day i saw a transaction of 432$ in london. luckily my cc company found it fishy and contacted me and they eventually rejected the transaction.

    Dish Network Order Form

    Customer Information:

    Credit Information:

    Name on card:

    Credit Card #: Visa:


    Order Description:

    • There is one time charges $99.99 which would be charged after the installation and it would not be refundable. In any case we fail to install Dish Network Services at your place you will not be charged. This way you’ll get latest receiver which would prevent any kind of inconvenience occurred due to bad weather. Against that you’ll get $10.00 discount on your monthly billing.

    Print Name: _______________ Date: __15/09/2013______

    AAA KHAN Satellite

    920 S Cherokee Ln, Lodi, Ca 95240

    707-987-6717, 720-477-6131.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Hi All, the same thing happened to my parents this past weekend. The scammer was very persistent in calling our line, finally my father picked up the phone and the scammer named “Raj Werma” offered 6 months free plus mega pack if it was prepaid for 6 months via a greendot debit card. The scammer spoofed dish networks number as our caller ID said DISH NETWORK. The scammer made the appointment for the tech to come out and install new hardware, once this was done, he called asking if everything was okay for us to give him the receiver number so he could activate the new free channels. He also called from a 828 number was is north carolina where he claimed he was based from. We got suspicious when he said okay time to pay me via debit and not credit card, said this promo was only with debit card. We asked for a invoice, he said for this promo no invoice until it was paid. After we said we need a invoice many times, he relented and sent us a email from to our registered email address with dish network, it was horribly written and bad design. This was the final straw for me. He called back asking if we had the invoice and ready to pay. I lambasted him on the phone calling him out for the scam, for few minutes he said no no no this is real, then I got on his nerve and pissed him off saying that he hates all of us here in america and thats why they are doing this. I put the email address above in facebook and it returned a profile that says from Pakistan.

    my badgering of the scammer had to do with pakistan, i ended up calling him through out the day harassing him.

    I then informed Dish of this scam and problems with our accounts. They canceled the old account and created a new one with a new pin.

    I continued to harass the scammer to gain more insight. I did hear other people talking in the background to other customers as well. So they have set this scam up like a call center trying to rip off as many people as possible.

    Next thing you know I find our new account canceled.

    I call customer service and they state that few hours ago someone called with the account number and new pin and said they wanted to cancel the account.

    So i did my investigation, found out the 828 number they were using to called us was registered with Level 3 communications, I lodged a complaint with their fraud investigation teams, 24 hours later the number was disconnected by Level 3.

    I assume they will continue this scam with other numbers and options.

    Dish network definitely needs to find the breach in their system and fix it. This scammer has all our information.

  • varoon10

    Thanks for sharing!

  • varoon10

    Yes, I agree it's unfortunate that Dish doesn't do more to protect their customers, but hopefully more people read articles like this before falling for these scams!

    Thanks for posting Joseph!

  • varoon10

    Thanks for sharing southiee!

  • Nik

    I keep getting the assholes calling me from 866-790-2641

  • TS

    Same thing happened to me where they wanted to give me a years worth of programming for half price with two payments of $400 The call originally started in India but was then transferred to a Lisa Howard who had a fluent American accent.

    I have also been getting a related scam call from India where I'm told I need a new receiver. I'.m told the old receiver will stop working in couple weeks because of a new satellite orientation. To confirm the order for a new receiver and associated programming discounts they require my whole credit card number on the account though presumably they are a Dish Rep and have access to my whole account. The rep had access to the last four digits on my credit card number.

    Good thing I didn't go for either scams but I'm sure some customer are falling for this.

  • Joseph

    As somebody here said, dish should take care to prevent such scams.. This shows that DISH has a flaw in their system. It appears that the amount got credited to the scammer from DISH account. How can one take back the money which has been deposited to DISH and then DISH Giving back or credit back to the depositors account. This transaction by itself wherein DISH giving back the deposited money itself appears to be a system developed by poor designers and bad people. Also, when you talk to the DISH people they clearly detect fast that this is a scam and they are well aware of the situation and NOTHING had been done until today. With somuch money coming to them, When these scams which can be stopped with much ease hasn't been stopped, we tend to think deeply. Thanks for writing this article.

  • stop_dish_scam

    Someone named Lakshman Sharma called me '(He has a strong north Indian/Delhi accent) and said he is from Dishnetwork and will give me 2 years of dish programming for $400 and wanted to pay him upfront using Western Union Money transfer, I told him that I will call him later and called Dishnetwork to check and they said there are no promotions and this is a scam!
    I checked with Dish as one of my friend was cheated by some Indian guy named Rajesh Sharma from Dish and he was not able to get his money back,
    Be careful and DO NOT PAY VIA MONEY TRANSFER to anyone!!

  • Hate_Scams

    Same thing happened to me! How did you get ur money back??

  • Varoon

    Thanks so much for posting the phone numbers to help others! Glad you got your money back!

  • dish_scam_victim

    I was also scammed the same way. It took me weeks to get my money back.

    Here are couple other 1-800 numbers that these scammers are using:



    I informed Dish Network about the problem, and even offered to help their IT department with ways to avoid this scam, but so far, they don’t seem to care. I am guessing this could be because Dish itself might like to benefit from the scam: people unknowingly have signed up for more channels, and may end up keeping those channels, even after getting scammed, right?

    I hope some lawyer firm figures all this and sets up a class action suit against Dish Network.

    Till then, beware. Your best bet for now, if you receive ‘amazing’ offers from ‘Dish Network’, is to disconnect the call immediately, don’t say anything at all.

  • Varoon Sahgal

    Sunil, did you call Dish Network to see if this is a valid promotion? I highly doubt it is – Dish says they never call their customers directly with promotions…and I don’t think they hire 3rd parties to solicit their services…when it happened to my parents the guy asked for payment up front – your case might be some other variation of the scam, so be careful and call Dish Network!

  • Sunil

    I have signed up for this “known scam” bec i’m still trying to figure out what are they gaining? They deposited money into my account and so I see credit balance in my dish account and I’m getting all programming. They are saying they r using dish credit dollars to apply for this. I have not paid them yet and i said i will pay them monthly as we go along.

  • Administrator

    That is sad! So much effort goes into these scams, I wonder why the scam artists don’t just get real jobs.

  • PaSeN

    This just happened to my friend. The exact same scenario mentioned but with a twist. That’s just sad to hear.

  • varoon10

    Happy it helped you! It’s a pretty clever scam, so it’s easy to believe.

  • NM

    I also received a similar calls yesterday and today. Thankfully, I searched the web and denied them after reading about this scam.