State police issue bulletin on Pokemon Go App

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FOX43 News received a bulletin from the Pennsylvania State Police on the Pokémon Go craze that has legions of players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones.

Specifically warning gamers about the fact that players can set a “lure module,” intended to attract more Pokémon to a specific location for a short period of time.

When a lure module is active, other Pokémon Go players can be drawn to the physical location to capture additional Pokémon characters.

On July 9th , four male suspects in St. Louis, Missouri activated a lure module within the game and drew players to a secluded parking lot, where they allegedly robbed eleven players at gunpoint.

Using the geo-location feature, criminals are able to use the luring mechanisms of the app to seclude unknowing victims and anticipate the arrival of gamers

Citizens should be cognizant of players using the app on their mobile devises. Distracted game users might not be aware of their surroundings or use caution when entering into isolated areas. Criminals might also seek the opportunity
to target players by luring them or waiting for their arrival at Pokéstops and gyms.

Click here to read the Pokemon Go bulletin

 

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