Pokémon Scam Hits Apple’s App Store

Filed in Gather Technology News Channel by on February 21, 2012 0 Comments

Pokémon is known for being not just a monster gaming franchise (pardon the pun) but an entertainment phenomenon loved by children everywhere. Unfortunately, dishonest people copied the brand in an attempt to scam unsuspecting customers. Sadly one of those rip-off attempts became successful right under everyone’s noses.

On Monday, Kotaku wrote about an app entitled “Pokemon Yellow” appearing on Apple’s App Store, charging 99 cents to download. Despite the claim of app being “Just like the Original,” the app doesn’t seem to even work at all. It’s bad enough to trick customers to buy a phony Pokémon app. But selling a non-working app brings this scam to the lowest of lows.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/TOYOTA_ist_Pikachu_Car.jpg/320px-TOYOTA_ist_Pikachu_Car.jpg

“Pokemon Yellow” duped so many poor customers it made it all the way up to number two of the “Top Paid iPhone Apps,” beating out legitimate games such as “Angry Birds” and “Fruit Ninja.” Criminals made a fortune made in an outlet that was supposed to look out for low quality, infringing software. Where was Apple when this scam started? How is Nintendo combating this theft of their Pokémon brand name? Will those who already bought the fraudulent app get their money back?

The unauthorized Pokémon app lists the seller as “Daniel Burford,” who is apparently selling phony Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh! apps as well. Hopefully all those apps will get removed as soon as possible.

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