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Armed Robbers Using Pokemon Go to Lure Victims

Pokemon Go is the latest Pokemon phenomenon that has taken the internet by storm. Its download numbers are already exceeding Tinder and Twitter. In fact, a recent report revealed that Pokemon Go is more popular than Porn on Google.

Sadly, its popularity is being manipulated by criminals.

A recent report from The Guardian highlighted potential risks of playing Pokemon Go. Armed robbers are using Pokemon Go to lure victims to isolated areas.

Officers of O’Fallon, Missouri, responded to a robbery report at 2AM. The call led them to four people aged between 16 to 18 in a parking lot.

Officers approached the vehicle and sensing the danger, teenagers tried to discard a handgun. The officer on scene recognized them as suspects of similar robbery reports from St Louis and St Charles counties.

Furthermore, the adult was charged with first degree armed robbery with bail set at $100,000 cash. The culprits used Nintendo’s Pokemon Go mobile game that is based around players finding Pokemon in their surroundings. After reaching a certain level and getting enough Pokemon, players can battle each other by congregating in a common place.

According to Sgt Bill Stringer:

Using the geolocation feature, the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims

A separate spokesperson added:

you can add a beacon to a pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate [people] standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in

Player’s safety is the top priority and this situation offers an insight into a major flaw. Nintendo needs to take measures to ensure such problem don’t occur.

Pokemon Go is available for Android and iOS devices.