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3 Pokémon scams spreading like wildfire this weekend

3 Pokémon scams spreading like wildfire this weekend
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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.

Next page: Serious risks for Pokémon Go players
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