Despite many cell phone users’ attempts to “catch ’em all,” the Better Business Bureau is putting out a warning for those playing Pokemon Go.
The new app, which is not yet available through app stores in Canada, has seen a massive rise in popularity.
Canadian users are using third party sites to download the game, which puts players in a digital world to capture virtual creatures.
Speaking on The Craig Needles Show, CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Ontario, Deborah Brady, said those sites may put your personal information at risk.
“We just want to caution people about this because some of those third party sites have malware on them and the software that’s being downloaded has viruses, and that could either destroy your phone, or more dangerously, open your phone up to people who are trying to steal your personal identity.”
Brady adds that if you are going to play Pokemon Go, be aware of your surroundings, and even play in pairs so you don’t get yourself into a dangerous situation.
“When you’re thinking about where you’re going to go when you’re playing, don’t trespass on people’s personal property or in inappropriate places. Have some respect for that,” said Brady. “It’s also related to your own safety too. If you’re trespassing, you could end up with an angry homeowner, so play in safe, public places.”
Police forces are also warning about the risks involved with playing augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go. There have been reports that users have been lured into being mugged.
Meanwhile in Quebec City, police said two officers suffered minor injuries when a car driving erratically reversed into their cruiser because the driver had been playing the game.