Pokémon Go is the new most played game in the world, creating hysteria in all parts of the world. Now, we can see people with their eyes on the phone’s screens searching for Pokémon outside and some of them are risking their lives when going out in the middle of the night, because that’s when there are less server problems. And criminals have heard about the server overload and they’re taking advantage of this situation to locate and rob players at gunpoint.
O’Fallon Police has warned Pokémon Go players that recently, four criminals have used the game to rob players after locating and pointing their guns at them. The criminals have added a beacon to remote pokéstops – which are locations in the game from where players are able to get virtual items such as eggs and poké balls and when their victims went to those locations to acquire these items, thieves stole their real items – money and phones.
Until now, there are eleven people aged between 16 and 18 years, who have fallen victims to this method in the St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri. O’Fallon police is advising players or parents who have children playing this game to “use caution when alerting strangers of your future location.” These aren’t the only incidents that happen since Pokémon Go has been released. A nineteen-year-old girl who was searching for a Pokestop has found a dead body in Wyoming river, while in Australia, players entered a Police station to search for Pokeballs.
Pokémon Go is a GPS based augmented reality mobile game launched on July 6 for iOS and Android devices and players are capturing, battling and training virtual Pokémon in gyms, after they appear throughout real world. Although the game is free, it supports in-app purchases and players are spending real money on Pokécoins to increase the number of creatures they can store, to upgrade bags for carrying more items, to buy eggs that will hatch Pokémon, or an incubator to accelerate hatching process.
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