Online Switch scams polluting Amazon and other sites

When a popular product such as the Switch console from Nintendo is hard to find, scams will appear. Remember all the online empty box scams over the years? Sellers can sense desperation. Unfortunately, eager buyers seem less likely to use caution in such a situation. For example, Amazon accounts with no intention of selling a Switch are being hacked.

The excerpt below comes from a Gamespot forum post:

“If you go on Amazon to buy a Switch right now, pay attention to who is selling it and make sure that the unit you buy is fulfilled by Amazon itself.”

“There seems to be a lot of people selling Nintendo Switch’s on the site that are basically pure and unadulterated scams. I was just taken in by one yesterday – I found a person selling a new Switch for $350 and thought ‘That’s not that bad of a price – okay, I’ll bite’. The seller had a 5 star rating and all good reviews. So I bit…”

“This morning I found out from the seller that her account had been hacked and that she was very definitely not selling a Switch.”

At least one other scam continues to plague the Nintendo community too. Websites are advertising access to free Switch emulators for PC use, but in reality, those links lead to either a survey or virus. The problem has become so prevalent that Symantec (makers of Norton Anti-Virus) wrote a blog entry about it:

“If a user tries to download one of these fake Nintendo Switch emulators, they will be directed to a website that claims they need to fill out a survey to receive an unlock code or to unlock the download itself.”

“Some surveys even offer the user a chance to get a free Nintendo Switch as well as other consoles and prizes.”

In general, online surveys offering an incredible prize often lead to disappointment. Without a doubt, legitimate emulators and roms for this console will appear on semi-reliable websites. But, this writer will not advertise illegal activity. Those are the two deceptions at the moment. Potential buyers just need to stay away from pop ups offering emulator and rom downloads. As for Amazon, think about each listing carefully. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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