Nintendo has warned customers about several sites impersonating the Japanese video game company’s official site and claiming to sell Nintendo Switch consoles at deep discounts.
This rare warning was issued last week via the multinational gaming company’s corporate site, which also hints at the seriousness of the problem.
“We have confirmed the existence of a fake website that is impersonating Nintendo’s homepage,” Nintendo also said. tweeted Friday.
“Please be careful not to confuse it with our website and do not purchase products from fake websites.”
The Japanese multinational claims that fake sites use its logo to deceive Nintendo fans that it is an official page and try to convince them to buy probably counterfeit products by using deep discounts as a lure .
“The fake sites illegally use our company logo, giving the appearance that they are operated by us, and display our products, such as Nintendo Switch, for purchase at a significantly discounted price,” Nintendo said. noted.
“The link to Nintendo’s official website is: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/.”
He also alerted customers to the risks of buying from fake sites, including the theft of personal and financial information that could allow attackers to use it for fraudulent purposes, including identity theft.
“Purchasing products from fake sites may result in fraudulent damage 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 has also warned that it will immediately alert the police and relevant law enforcement agencies if any fake sites targeting its customers are discovered.
The warning comes after a data breach was revealed two years ago when unknown threat actors connected to the accounts of over 300,000 Nintendo users without authorization.
The attackers used Nintendo Network IDs and gained access to users’ names, countries, email addresses and dates of birth.
After discovering the incident, Nintendo warned users to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on their accounts and reset passwords for affected NNIDs and Nintendo Accounts.