Urgent warning to millions of Pokémon fans – the game could break your bank

A NEW Pokémon game circulating the internet is luring fans with promises of winning non-fungible tokens (NFTs) — but beware.

Players have been warned not to play as it may contain malicious software.

The popularity of NFTs and crypto has made them a target for hackers


The popularity of NFTs and crypto has made them a target for hackersPhoto credit: SWNS

NFTs can be anything digital but are typically drawings that use crypto or blockchain to be unique and cannot be copied.

Similar to Pokemon – NFTs are incredibly popular, which makes the phishing scheme all the more sinister.

The game called Pokemon Go[.]io, must be downloaded to “play”.

However, once potential players click the “Play on PC” button, software disguised as a game is downloaded.

According to reports, hackers can take control of the victim’s device through this software.

The scammers can then steal data or install malware on the unsuspecting gamer’s computer.

The phishing campaign is said to have been running since December.

Several versions of the site have since been blocked by Google.

However, it is common for such sites to reappear under similar names.

NFTs and cryptocurrencies have become increasingly popular in recent years.

With their increasing popularity, people have invested huge sums of money in them.

However, the popularity of NFTs and crypto has made them a target for hackers.

How to protect yourself from cryptocurrency fraud

You can protect yourself from scams by paying attention to red flags to watch out for.

Action Fraud shared some tips to avoid falling for a fraudulent scheme.

Don’t assume the investment program is legit even if it has a professional-looking website, ads, or social media posts.

You should take your time before making decisions and not feel pressured into making a decision.

“A real bank or financial organization is not going to force you to part with your money right away,” Action Fraud said.

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“Always be wary of pressure to invest quickly or promises of returns that sound too good to be true.”

If you are considering an investment, first seek independent advice and do thorough research on the company.

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