Thursday, April 20, 2017

Warning About Switch Emulators

The scarcity of the Nintendo Switch is still a thing, and the company's dumb supply/demand tactics are still working. We really need to stop catering to their whims so they can finally produce an appropriate amount of systems, and not go through years of a Wii shortage. And unfortunately, people are taking advantage of those who really want a Switch. Scalpers are running amuck and selling the system at obscene prices on auction websites. Or they are outright scamming you and you get nothing in return.

The FTC has issued a warning in regards to this; asking people to be aware of a Nintendo Switch Emulator scam.

This might be the first time the FTC has stepped in for anything gaming related.

If you have seen any advertisements or received e-mails about a Nintendo Switch Emulator with the Nintendo branded icon, don't believe it. No such thing currently exists. People have been asked to provide their e-mail addresses, credit cards, or more to win, or buy, the emulator. Some have even received a program to download, which is actually a virus that ends up stealing the stuff on your computer.

People are quickly falling for these scams due to the Switch's popularity. They want one. They can't get one through conventional methods. These websites and advertisements look legitimate, so people are signing up in droves. It's not right, but this is part of the nature of the beast when Nintendo can't provide enough supply to meet demand - it screws over good people.

If you think you've been a victim of the scam, make sure to report it to the FTC with as much detail as you can.

Always remain vigilant, gamers! If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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