Pokémon fans interested in the upcoming augmented reality mobile game Pokémon GO are eager for new information about the game, its release date, and its beta tests. Normally, this sort of excitement is a good thing, but don’t forget that there are people out there who will try to take advantage of your excitement.
In particular, some devious individuals have set up fake Pokémon GO beta sites. These first surfaced a while ago, while fans anxiously awaited any sign of the intended beta. Now that Pokémon GO field tests have begun in Japan, players in other regions are once again vulnerable to these tricks.
There will be real Pokémon GO beta tests outside of Japan—someday. They haven’t begun yet. In the meantime, don’t let your excitement cloud your judgment. If you find a Pokémon GO beta site, make sure it’s legitimate before you do anything.
Some of these sites look quite convincing. They have URLs that seem logical, clean layouts, Pokémon images and trailers, and sometimes even copyright information. But if you sign up for the supposed beta—or worse yet, download something—you’ll be putting your information at risk.
So if you find a site that claims it will let you sign up for a Pokémon GO beta test, what should you do?
First, don’t do anything on the site until you’ve checked it out. Check the official blog and Twitter for Niantic Labs. Once the field tests spread outside of Japan, they’re sure to announce it. Next, visit the official Pokémon GO website. Whenever new information about beta testing is available, the site will be updated.
In general, you shouldn’t trust any supposed beta site unless it comes directly from Pokémon, Nintendo, or Niantic.
Finally, you could always visit fan forums such as the Pokémon Go subreddit. Plenty of fans stay up-to-date on the latest news. If you’re really unsure if you’ve found a legitimate site or not, someone should be able to help you. And if you’ve found a scam site for a fake beta test, warn other fans so they know to watch out for the URL.
You can also report such websites to places like Google, although scam websites are so common, it might not help in the long run. Nevertheless, it can’t hurt to try.
Fake Pokémon GO beta sites can be quite convincing, so make sure you aren’t fooled. We’ll let you know as soon as a legitimate beta test is available.
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