Nintendo warns against fake online stores that sell Switch

Do you see a Nintendo Switch for sale on the internet for a (too) competitive price? Then pay attention and first check whether it is pure soup. There are several rogue webshops on the web that supposedly sell the Nintendo Switch with a very substantial discount. If you transfer your money to these people, you will lose it.

The Japanese gaming company warns gamers about these scams through a press release.

Nintendo: ‘Watch out for identity theft’

The press statement and a tweet on the subject were already sent out last Friday. But since both are written in Japanese, it took a while for the news to reach us. Nintendo writes that it has found several rogue online stores on the Internet that have forged the company’s homepage, including the company logo. This makes it seem as if gamers are actually surfing the Nintendo site.

“These fake sites have nothing to do with us,” the gaming company said. Scammers give the impression that they are selling the Nintendo Switch at a significant discount. In reality, fraudsters are trying to cash in on the scam. “Buying products on rogue online stores can lead to financial damage and identity fraud,” the Nintendo press release reads

The advice is simple: do not buy a Nintendo Switch, other gaming console or games from these websites. Victims who have paid once, often lose their money. Nintendo has notified the relevant authorities in its country of these scams. Whether it also plays in Europe and the US is unclear.

This is how you recognize a fake shop

Every year we buy more and more via the internet. On the one hand, this has to do with the corona pandemic (shops that are forced to close), on the other hand, with the convenience that online shopping entails. At the same time, cybercriminals see their chance and are shifting their scope. The latest police figures show that cybercrime reached an all-time high in 2021. The increasing number of cases of Marktplaats fraud and the fact that there are more and more rogue webshops are part of this trend. It is estimated that one in five webshops in the Netherlands is fake.

There are a number of ways you can spot a fake store. First of all, it is wise to do your research if you are considering ordering something from a webshop that you do not know. You can check whether an online store is affiliated with this or not via the member list of Thuiswinkel.org. You can also check the data on the website of the Chamber of Commerce. Does a webshop not have a security certificate or contact form? Then it is better to shop elsewhere.

That also applies if an offer is almost too good to be true. If you receive an extremely large discount and they promise to deliver a product quickly, that may be a sign that something is not right. If you can’t find any reviews about an online store and it is only possible to pay in advance, think twice before you spend your hard-earned money there.

Have you unexpectedly been scammed via a rogue webshop? Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do. We describe these in detail in our article ‘Safe online shopping.

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