Trying to play the latest Zelda without a console could land gamers in massive trouble as a slew of fake Nintendo Switch emulators hit the web.
These scams have been luring plenty of fans using misleading sites and YouTube videos with footage of the latest Switch games running on pc.
The latest research from Norton by Symantec, has investigated links leading to supposed working emulators and found them to be bait scams. These malicious sites often prompt surveys or harmful downloads, the scams are also using Nintendo branding as a lure.
Symantec suspects some of these scams are helping affiliate programs to profit from users being duped into filling out survey fields or triggering downloads. Collecting commissions from what they refer to as conversions.
“The affiliate would be responsible for delivering a user to the website to fill out a survey, complete an offer, or download a file. For each successful conversion (a completed survey, offer or download) the affiliate would collect a commission from the advertising network.”
Some of these scams even try to sweeten the deal, promising chances to win Nintendo Switch consoles and other prizes.
Tips to keep safe:
- Don’t fill out any surveys, this is a sure sign the link is leading you into a trap.
- Research, research, research. If you’re about to download and install any emulator app, then do a background check.
- Buy a Nintendo Switch. So far there aren’t any functioning Switch emulators, so if you’re trying to get around investing in one you’re out of luck for now.