As you know, South Korea has been badly hit by a Nintendo Switch shortage that hasn’t been resolved till this day. Now, things have become worse.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and increasing demand triggered by Animal Crossing: New Horizons, scammers have started using the highly sought after Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition as bait.
Here’s how it works – the scammers share links to fake product listings on social media. Should someone purchase a Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition from any of these fake websites, they will lose the money they transferred to the scammers, and they will not even receive the product that they ordered.
Reports suggest victims have lost about 5.24 million won (USD4200) to these scammers. The number of victims continue to increase as they get tricked by these fake e-commerce websites.
South Korea police reminds the public that although the Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition retails for about 360,000 won (USD299), it is going for 700,000 won to 900,000 won on the resale market. Thus, the public should be cautious of product listings that claim to sell the product at an unusually low price. Police investigations are ongoing.
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