People are still having a lot of problems getting their hands on a Nintendo Switch gaming system, and it still looks like there isn't any great solution for that problem. Naturally, many people have turned to emulators. You'll often see emulators with Nintendo branding on gaming websites. The make you a great promise - you'll be able to play Switch's games on your desktop if you just download the app. Unfortunately, this isn't actually an emulator, it's a scam.
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What's even worse is that when you try to download an emulator, you may install some unwanted apps onto your computer that can harm it. These apps give you some misleading information about problems that could be on your computer and then require you to pay to "fix" them.
You may also get a link to go to the emulator site, but first, you will have to use a code to unlock the emulator. Once again, this is a scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Never give out personal information and don't sign up for anything where you have to put in your credit card information. If anything, wait for Nintendo to release an emulator - which they more than likely will not. It's probably not happening, you'll have to wait to get your hands on a device like everyone else.
Here are some simple steps from the FTC to avoid getting scammed:
- Don't download anything from a name or website that you don't trust
- Never complete surveys to get an unlock code - this is a classic scam.
- Keep your security software up to date. Make sure it updates automatically.
- Buy your own Nintendo Switch.
- If you find a scam, report it to the FTC.