Murder, Mayhem And ‘The Simpsons’? A Guide To All The ‘Pokemon Go’ Hoaxes You Shouldn’t Believe

07.13.16 2 years ago

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Whenever something becomes as popular as quickly as Pokemon Go has, all kinds of urban legends, hoaxes and scams tend to result. In this case, it doesn’t help that a ton of unbelievable yet true stories connected to the game have flooded the airwaves. For example, a teen actually did stumble upon a dead body while playing, and thieves really did target Pokemon Go users. How do you separate the reality from the bull? To get things started, here’s a quick rundown of the Pokemon Go stories you shouldn’t believe.

Uber Driver Didn’t Witness A Murder While Playing

A few days ago, YouTuber AlexRamiGaming was livestreaming Pokemon Go while making his Uber rounds, and, apparently, witnessed somebody dropping a dead body out of a vehicle in front of a church. Viewers hear Alex react in panic on the stream and call the police. It’s an effectively creepy moment, but it’s also totally fake. Police in Beaumont, Texas, Alex’s hometown, say no body was ever found. Meanwhile, the Uber driver’s account has since been suspended for playing Pokemon Go while on the job.

Paying $13 Won’t Get You A Better Version of the Game

Since launch, Pokemon Go‘s servers have, understandably, been under serious strain. Most of the time, the game simply isn’t working. Unfortunately, scammers have seized the opportunity to send players emails claiming “a need for more powerful servers” means Pokémon Go must charge a $12.99 monthly fee. Pay up, or your account will be locked within 24 hours! This is obvious bunk, but if your grandparents are playing Pokemon Go, you may want to warn them. Just in case.

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