Are VPN Deals a Scam?
If you want to buy a VPN, you probably want to save money while doing it. Not that we can put a price on Internet privacy (well, advertisers and hackers can, but that’s a different story), but let’s be honest – nobody really wants to pay $120+ year just to unblock streaming sites and avoid potential cybercriminals on public WiFi.
That’s where VPN deals come into play – pretty cool discounts you can get through VPN review sites or VPN providers’ blogs, social media, and newsletters.
But are they the real deal, or are they scams? We saw some people on Reddit who were worried about this, so we decided to answer this question in this five-minute article.
Are VPN Deals Scams or Not?
You can stop worrying – VPN deals are not scams. They’re legitimate promotions the providers run every once in a while – just like any other business. It’s the same thing as when Starbucks or Chipotle run Halloween-themed deals.
Why would VPN deals be scams anyway? It’s not like the provider is losing anything by offering discounts. On the contrary, they gain new subscribers and reduce customer churn. They also get a lot of traffic from VPN review sites. Most VPNs offer affiliate programs, and review websites are part of them. Basically, the VPN provider allows them to offer exclusive discounts through affiliate links.
As long as you get the deals from a legitimate VPN review site or the provider themselves, you have nothing to worry about.
Looking for Some Cool Black Friday VPN Deals?
If you were on the fence about getting a VPN due to the price, now is the perfect moment to get an annual or two-year subscription for dirt-cheap prices.
But most of you probably don’t have time to check most VPNs’ blogs and social media pages to see what promotions they offer. Plus, you won’t find exclusive discounts there that way.
No problem – ProPrivacy has exactly what you need: a full list of Black Friday VPN deals from the top providers on the market. They’re one of the biggest VPN review websites on the web, so you can have full faith in their promos and recommendations.
Legit VPN Scams You Should Watch Out for
Just because VPN deals generally aren’t scams doesn’t mean there aren’t cyber criminals out there using VPNs as a lure to steal your hard-earned money. Here’s what we’re talking about:
A lifetime VPN account is a subscription you pay for once and have for the rest of your life. Prices vary a lot, but they’re usually between $30-40 and $90-$100.
Sounds a bit too good to be true, right?
That’s because it usually is. The provider often takes the money and disappears. That’s what happened with DissembleVPN, who sold lifetime accounts for $13 (non-refundable). Once enough people bought in, they closed up shop.
If they don’t do that, something else can go wrong:
- The VPN’s quality might start dropping over a period – you start getting lower speeds, weaker security (PPTP instead of OpenVPN), and you can’t unblock your favorite streaming sites anymore.
- The VPN’s apps might start glitching and the provider won’t release any updates to fix those issues. Reaching out to support reps won’t help because they won’t respond.
- The VPN provider could simply go bankrupt if they only rely on making a profit off of lifetime accounts. How are they supposed to have recurring revenue when all their users pay a one-time fee?
- And finally, the provider might simply decide that they don’t want to offer you a lifetime account anymore, and downgrade you to a recurring subscription. That’s what happened to people who bought a lifetime account from VPNLand.
PLEASE NOTE: A lifetime deal isn’t always a scam. For example, Windscribe offered lifetime accounts for a limited time for $59, and they’re a legitimate VPN provider. They were able to do that because they had an actual business model (their revenue didn’t rely on lifetime accounts). As long as you research the VPN provider and see that their income doesn’t come just from lifetime accounts, everything should be fine.
This is actually a good example of VPN deals that are scams. A third-party seller is pretty much someone who claims to sell VPN subscriptions for a provider on their behalf. But the catch is they’re not authorized to do that.
Doesn’t make sense, right?
First of all, NordVPN doesn’t have “premium” accounts. Second of all, what kind of profit could someone make by buying a two-year subscription that costs around $44.52 and selling it for a measly $4.62?
We reached out to NordVPN to ask them about this, and the answer wasn’t surprising: these deals are scams. They’re just stolen accounts. Buying one means you might be able to use it – but not for long. They often don’t have as much time remaining as the seller claims (more like one-two months instead of two years). Also, VPN providers detect stolen accounts pretty fast and ban them.
The only legit third-party seller deals are the ones that the VPN providers approve and promote. We’re inclined to believe that random eBay sellers with usernames like “joemama” and “zorckov” don’t fit that description.
How Do You Feel About VPN Deals?
Are they a great way to buy a VPN while taking advantage of low prices, or do they have loopholes that can be abused in the future?
Please tell us your opinion in the comments below.