There's been an email making the rounds claiming that Pokemon Go is going to start charging users a monthly fee for using the app. And that fee has supposedly been set to precisely $12.99 per month. But don't freak out; that story isn't real.
The email started to gain traction after multiple sources like HollywoodLife and Variety spotted the scam and started spreading a warning. The email that contains the scam simply states,
We regret to inform you that due to the overwhelming response to our new Pokémon Go app and the need for more powerful servers we can no longer afford to keep your account as free.
The email then warns if you don't comply and download the new paid version of Pokemon Go, your account will be frozen. So if you happen to come across the email, do not send any information. Don't be fooled by the threats---don't give in to your Pokemon Go obsession, just this once.
If you read an article online about _Pokemon Go _and something doesn't seem quite right or it feels too good to be true, it probably is. These are key ways to spot a fake story. In this case, there's no way Niantic Labs would introduce a paid version of _Pokemon Go_ when they are obviously making a killing right now off of the in-app purchases to get things like more Pokeballs. Plus, having someone pay monthly for a mobile game seems a little off, no matter how popular it might be. Also, if it's big enough information that major gaming news outlets should be reporting on it but they haven't, that's another red flag. That's when you know something is amiss.
At least for now, Pokemon Go fans can remain calm and know that one of their favorite gaming apps this year has no current plans to start charging to play the game.