Pokemon GO Players Getting Fake Ban Emails; How To Tell If Yours Is Real

By Alvin Elfwine , Aug 19, 2016 03:00 AM EDT

Just recently, Pokemon GO players were surprised with the recent bans Niantic implemented. Most, if not, complain about getting banned without even knowing why. It was revealed that the studio is going after cheaters who use unsupported third-party app and/or software, as well as those who broke the game's Terms of Services (TOS). But along with those lines, there were reportedly fake emails being sent out, adding to the overall confusion.

According to Heavy, Niantic started sending Pokemon GO ban emails -- all legitimate -- on Thursday, August 18th. The emails were basically about letting players know that their respective accounts were terminated.

The Pokemon GO ban implementation - be it permanent or a soft ban - can be a result of anything from using third-party applications and/or software to utilizing GPS spoofing tools to breaking the game's TOS. Below is the email the company has been sending to the affected users.

If a Pokemon GO player thinks that the ban he got was a mistake, a link is included so as to process an appeal to Niantic. It should also be noted that some admittedly used illegal apps due to the game's in-app tracking being insufficient, as noted by VG247.

The only catch, however, is that there fake Pokemon GO ban emails being sent out. And despite the email address as well as the contents being perfectly copied, they are reportedly not coming from Niantic Labs. Players are then to ask a form to be filled; however, when they log into the game, they'll notice that their accounts are not actually banned.

Pokemon GO players are advised to be vigilant, as these form of emails can be scams. Their personal information -- especially the ones linked to the likes of a bank account -- can be acquired. To know if the email received is legitimate, it should only contain this URL.

To further add to the confusion, there are Pokemon GO players who are said to have received the legitimate email from Niantic and are able to log into the app. This is most especially with people who used a different email creating their Pokemon Trainer Club to the one they utilized with the hit mobile game.

In a sense, the company could have either sent the Pokemon GO ban emails by mistake or there are some sort of technical issues with the process. Either way, it is best to be cautious.

Have you received the same Pokemon GO email as well? Do you think yours was a mistake? Let us know at the comment section below!

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