Open Post: Hosted By The Pokemon-Playing Fish Who Committed Credit Card Fraud

January 28, 2023 / Posted by:

Typically, when we think of thieves, we picture characters like Jasper and Horace from Disney’s animated feature 101 Dalmatians or Harry and Marv from Home Alones 1 & 2. Basically, a small, stocky guy who’s sketchy or a tall, lanky guy with ill intentions. However, sometimes the most devious and effective thieves come in a form you would never expect. For instance, a fish. Yep, if a trout had the chance, it would rob you and everyone you cared about! That’s what happened to a YouTuber recently when he discovered that his adorable pet fish were actually scam artists capable of committing credit card fraud!

The Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru is known for live streaming his fish and playing video games on the Nintendo Switch. The fish don’t actually hold the controller and yell out obscenities while playing Call of Duty, though. Mutekimaru developed a motion detection software that is connected to his fish tank, and based on where the fish are, it will input a command that tells the video game what to do. While he’s usually present to monitor his fish’s antics, during one of his live streams, he walked away for a moment, and that’s when the fish executed their diabolical plans. via People:

However, things went awry during a live stream of a group of fish playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet after Mutekimaru stepped away. The video game crashed, but the gaming system continued to follow the fish’s inputs leading to the Nintendo Store, where users can purchase games and other downloadable content.

The fish managed to swim in a way that allowed them access to the store before exiting and re-entering, after which they made a purchase.

The fish managed to spend 500 yen (3.85 USD), used some of Mutekimaru’s in-store coins to buy other useless items, and displayed the YouTuber’s credit card details to the world. Unfortunately for the would-be fish burglars, their betrayed owner caught them red-finned. He asked Nintendo for his money back and blamed the fish for his purchases. I would like to have been that customer service agent. Even if he were lying, I probably would’ve given the money back just for the creative excuse. Mutekimaru received a refund, but he now knows that he shares a house with a group of lying, cheating, and stealing fish who could turn on him at any second. I dunno what he did to the fish to deserve this, but if he wants to sleep peacefully each night, he better start pointing that live stream camera at his bed!

Pic: Wikimedia Commons/Nintendo

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