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Australian Police Targeting Pokemon Go Players

A fake photograph purportedly shows a warning sign in Australia indicating that Pokemon Go players are being targeted by police.

Published Jul 11, 2016

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Claim:
A photograph shows a sign in Australia indicating that Pokemon Go players are being targeted by police.

In July 2016, a photograph purportedly showing a sign in Australia indicating that local police were targeting Pokemon Go players began circulating online:

pokemon go

However, the Pokemon reference does not actually appear on the real-life sign. Similar photographs have been circulating since at least 2008, with various "targets" digitally added to the sign's front:

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These images feature identical backgrounds, indicating they were all created from the same source photograph.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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