Scam! Nintendo Switch Offer is Not What it Seems

Beta scam tries to fool hopeful gamers.

Beta scam tries to fool hopeful gamers.
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A scam has been taking advantage of the fact that Nintendo has been tight-lipped about its upcoming platform, the Nintendo Switch. People out for any information may be led to scam websites like the following two.

Signing up to either or will give you this message:


Congratulation! You are eligible to join the Nintendo Switch™ Beta Program! You are chosen, which means you can get into the Nintendo Switch Beta!

You will receive the Nintendo Switch Beta Hardware which includes 1 System, 1 Docking Station, 2 Switch Controller (Left and Right) HDMI cable, 1 power adaptor, as well as instruction booklet.

Below, you will find a code to redeem. Please note: This code is specifically for your account, so do not share this with anyone.”

They do in fact give out a 16-digit code, but instead of the format Nintendo uses, a mix of numbers and letters, this code is all numbers — another red flag if the email’s poor grammar didn’t tip you off. The email links you to another site to enter the code, a BAD idea all around.

A closer look reveals both website domains are not actually registered to Nintendo. They belong to some guy linked to about 267 other domains. Yep. This is definitely a scam.

There are a few key things to keep in mind when things like this pop up. Nintendo has not officially announced any information on a Beta version of the Switch. Anything official will be found on the domains,, and

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