Thu. May 26th, 2022

Nintendo warns against counterfeit sites pushing for fake Switch discounts

Nintendo has warned customers of several sites that mimic the Japanese video game company’s official website and pretend to sell Nintendo Switch consoles at significant discounts.

This rare warning was issued last week via the website of the multinational gaming company, which also suggests the seriousness of the problem.

“We have confirmed the existence of a fake website that mimics Nintendo’s website,” Nintendo also tweeted on Friday.

“Be careful not to confuse it with our website, and do not buy products from fake websites.”

The Japanese multinational says fake sites use their logo to trick Nintendo fans into making it an official site, and tries to convince them to buy what are likely to be counterfeit products, using significant discounts as bait.

“The fake pages use our company logo illegally, making it look as if they are operated by us, and displaying our products, such as the Nintendo Switch, for purchase, if at a significantly reduced price,” Nintendo said.

“The link to Nintendo’s official website is as follows: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/.”

Nintendo Warning

It also warned customers about the risks of buying from fake websites, including theft of personal and financial information that could allow attackers to use them for fraudulent purposes, including identity theft.

“Purchasing products on fake sites can result in fraudulent damages such as unauthorized acquisition of personal information. Please be careful not to confuse it with our website, and do not purchase products from fake websites,” Nintendo added.

The video game giant also warned that it would immediately alert police and relevant law enforcement agencies when they discover fake websites targeting their customers.

This warning comes after a data breach that was revealed two years ago when unknown threat players logged into the accounts of more than 300,000 Nintendo users without permission.

The attackers used Nintendo Network IDs and gained access to users’ names, country, email addresses and dates of birth.

After detecting the incident, Nintendo warned users to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on their accounts and reset passwords for affected NNIDs and Nintendo accounts.

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