*3 Pokémon scams spreading like wildfire this weekend

By Kommando.com …..

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and scammers are already starting to notice. Since its official release on July 6, Pokémon Go has already been downloaded more than Tinder, and has been causing several issues when it comes to public safety.

Just look through your news feed and you’ll find reports of people being arrested for trespassing, causing car accidents and even getting robbed – all because their eyes were glued to their phones as they roamed around collecting Pokémons.

All that aside, there are some other major issues that are now emerging because of all this hype. Here are some of the biggest concerns you need to look out for.

  1. Game upgrade phishing scam

One of the biggest scams that has popped up since the app was released is a phishing scam that claims you need to pay for a $12.99 game upgrade.

The scam includes an email with the following message: “We regret to inform you that 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. Your account will be frozen in 24 hours if you do not upgrade.”

Users are then asked to sign up for this new paid version. The paid version is fake, of course, but as gamers sign up the hackers collect all of their account login information.

  1. Leading you to the doors of sex offenders

Although this isn’t a scam in its truest form, it’s something all parents and grandparents should definitely be concerned about. A recent report from San Luis Obispo, California, explained that Pokémon Go has been leading game players, including children, to a sober-living facility at the Sunny Acres 72-acre ranch. The facility houses around 35 people, some of which are registered sex offenders.

This isn’t a simple walk-by to catch one of the Pokémons, either. According to the report, the game has created a Pokéstop in front of the facility, which is a critical component that is needed for game play. Pokéstops are used to get free items for the Pokémons you’ve collected. Everyone who plays the game will, at some point, need them.

How the game determines the locations of Pokéstops and other elements in the game is unknown. However, this is something you should warn your children or grandchildren about. Keep in mind that this game sends them throughout your neighborhood. To find out if there’s a sex offender near you, click here.

  1. Pokémon “services” on Craigslist

In light of this hugely popular trend, some resourceful people have now started offering up their assistance on Craigslist. If you search your local Craigslist listings for “Pokémon,” chances are, you’ll find tons of ads for various types of consulting.

Some Craigslist users who are skilled at the game are offering to teach others how to play. Others are offering to drive gamers around so that they can collect their little monsters safely. There are listings for Pokémon trainers, Pokémon bodyguards, and even people who are offering to hatch your Pokémon eggs.

Beyond that, there are even people offering to exchange phones with players so they can go out and do the leg work for them for a small fee. But are these services safe?

Maybe not. Like anything listed on Craigslist, you really need to be careful. While these services all seem like great ideas, your safety should be the number one priority.

Edtor’s note; Expect to see a barrage of Pokémon related scams in the near future. If there’s money to be made, the scammers will trick you into giving up personal information for their benefit. As noted in a previous article: (http://bit.ly/2az3h4d) , Apple iPhones make your personal data and information vulnerable if you spend your time playing this game.

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