Buyers beware: Nintendo has issued an online warning about Switch fraudsters

Nintendo has issued a warning to players about bogus websites that claim to be selling Switch systems at a deep discount.

The firm made a statement through their Japanese website (thanks, Siliconera) claiming that one malicious website in particular is posing as an official shop and utilising the company’s name and emblem to sell “substantially reduced” high ticket products like the Nintendo Switch OLED model.

“You may be duped by fraudulent acquisition of personal information if you buy a product on a bogus site,” the message warns (auto-translated from the original Japanese.) “Please don’t confuse it for our website, and don’t buy items from spoofed websites.”

Nintendo didn’t identify or connect to the offending website, but it’s notable that it felt compelled to do so.

It’s a powerful statement, including references to the Japanese consumer rights agency and the Japanese police’s cybercrime division.

The Switch continues to be the best-selling console on the market, with sales approaching 100 million copies. Because of its success, there’s a little likelihood that an authorised merchant will offer any of its models at a discount. Given the ongoing supply challenges that have plagued the industry since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, keeping the consoles in stock has been a problem for over two years.

As a consequence, the hardware market is often dominated by scalpers, bulk purchasers who mark up prices much over retail, and con artists. The PS5 is still in limited supply, to the point that Sony is ramping up PS4 manufacturing, and the GPU market is also a disaster.

Because there will always be a risk of undesirables preying on unwary consumers as long as supply is limited, it’s good to see Nintendo fighting them head-on.

The increased demand for switches is anticipated to continue

Given that Nintendo is expected to have another successful year, supply difficulties with the Switch are unlikely to disappear very soon. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released later this month, while big hitters like Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will be released later this year. With so many big games coming out in 2022, it’s probable that hardware sales will stay robust.

There’s no proof that such concerted Switch frauds have made their way to the West yet, and it’s unknown how many Japanese customers have been impacted. Even yet, it’s always a good idea to be cautious when purchasing anything online. Remember that if anything appears too good to be true, it probably is.