Fake email trying to take advantage of Pokemon GO players

Did you get an email from Pokemon GO…well, it’s a scam. Scammers are trying to take advantage of players of the popular game. The latest version is a phishing email that tries to fool players into thinking they need to pay for the game.

Email scams are showing up in Pokemon Go user's inboxes

Email scams are showing up in Pokemon Go user’s inboxes

How the scam works 

You receive an email which reads “due to the overwhelming response to our new Pokémon GO app and the need for more powerful servers we can no longer afford to keep your account as free. The developers are now charging $12.99 a month, and your account will be frozen if you don’t upgrade.”

The email urges you to click a link and log into the app store and purchase the “full version.” Don’t do it! The log-in form isn’t run by an official app store or Ninatic Labs, the game’s developers. It’s on a third party site, and it is a way to steal users’ passwords.

Be careful when playing Pokemon Go

Be careful when playing Pokemon Go

This is not the only Pokémon GO scam. Before the app launched, scammers fooled victims with the promise of getting early beta test access to the game. Then, a fake version of the game appeared in some app stores. As long as the app stays popular, scammers will devise new ways to fool players.

BBB offers the following advice:

  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. Do not click on links or open files from unfamiliar senders.

  • Check the reply email address. One easy way to spot an email scam is to look at the reply email. The address should be on a company domain, such as “jsmith@company.com.”

  • Don’t believe what you see. Just because an email looks real it doesn’t mean it is. Scammers can fake anything from a company logo to the “sent” address.

  • Is this a normal contact method? Be suspicious if you suddenly start getting email or text messages without ever “opting in” to it.

  • Be cautious of generic emails. Scammers try to cast a wide net by including little or no specific information in the message. Be careful with emails from companies you never do business with.

More about the newest scam here. 

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