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New scams target Pokémon Go fans

25 July 2016

Pokémon Go has only been officially available in the UK for about two weeks, but it’s already been credited with helping people improve their fitness and implicated in a mugging.

Now, experts are warning that online scammers have also noticed the hype around the popular new augmented reality game.

Phishing scams promising free PokéCoins (the game’s virtual currency, explained in our guide here) have started to appear in emails and pop-up windows.

Action Fraud UK took to Twitter to warn Pokémon fans about this suspicious email:

 

Other users have also spotted pop-ups offering free PokéCoins.

Although there are legitimate ways to get free PokéCoins, they take place within the flow of the game – users can earn them for accomplishments like visiting PokéStops or capturing and defending Gyms. Outside emails and pop-ups offering free coins are, sadly, not a reliable way to get ahead in the game.

If your child is a Pokémon Go enthusiast, it’s worth making sure they are aware of these scams. It’s also a good idea to remind them not to give away personal information like passwords, and to be wary of any online offers that seem too good to be true.

 

Read our parent's guide to Pokémon Go HERE.