Warning of Pokemon Go scam

Action Fraud police issue a warning so people do not get Pokescammed with the new game Pokemon Go.

Sunday, 24th July 2016, 11:27 am
Updated Sunday, 24th July 2016, 12:29 pm
Pokemon Go in action

The game has been out for a little over 10 days now, and newly minted Pokemon Trainers across the country have been catching hundreds of Pidgeys, jogging from Pokestop to Pokestop.

However, a new scam sees fraudsters trying to trick people out of their personal details with a fake competition to win £500 worth of Pokecoins - the currency used in the game.

Action Fraud UK described the new scam as a phising and warns people to avoid.

This comes days after a warning was issued to help advise people where to play and not play. See here.

Top tips on staying safe from similar phishing attacks:

Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails;

Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way;

If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email;

If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself;

If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open;

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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