Nintendo warns of fake websites trying to sell discounted products

Have you ever ordered a Switch and received a replacement brick? If so, you may have ordered from a fake website. Nintendo has issued a PSA warning to potential customers that a website has illegally used its logo and content to masquerade as an official store and offer massive discounts on products as a scam. can happen.

“We recently confirmed the existence of a fake Nintendo website,” statement (thank, VGC). “These fake websites have nothing to do with our company. Fake websites make unauthorized use of our company logo, make it look as if they are operated by our company, and display our products, including the Nintendo Switch, as if They can be purchased at a very discounted price. “

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Nintendo further warns customers that if they make purchases from such sites, they may become victims of possible fraudulent activities such as currency fraud or personal information collection. The statement provides links to Nintendo’s official website, along with links to the cybercrime division and the Japan Consumer Affairs Agency. “If we discover a fake site like this one, we will notify the police and relevant ministries and agencies,” the post continued.

From what we’ve seen in the past, we can assume Nintendo will unleash the full power of its legal team once the people behind the fake website are identified. In December, Gary Bowser – not to be confused with America’s Nintendo boss or Mario’s arch nemesis – agreed to pay the company an additional 10 million dollars as part of an agreement for the creation and sale of Switch modchips. This is not just over and above the $4.5 million he owed the company, but the possibility of him going to jail is still high.

Last July we reported that RomUniverse, a website where people could download ROM files to play old games through an emulator, was sued by Nintendo for using copyrighted material. permission. Matthew Storman has been ordered to shut down RomUniverse and pay Nintendo $2.1 million in damages. However, when Storman considered relaunching the site no Nintendo games, he was quickly closed due to permanent order of the United States Central District Court of California. This means that it is illegal for Storman to restart RomUniverse again.

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