The Switch is very hard to find in its native Japan at present, with stock vanishing from shelves as fast as Nintendo can produce it.
The incredible demand for the console in the Land of the Rising Sun has predictably led to people scamming desperate gamers on social media. Several news outlets in the Far East are reporting that these unscrupulous individuals use networks like Twitter to offer Switch consoles at slightly less than the typical retail price.
Once a willing customer responds to the post - which doesn't take long, as you might expect - the exchange moves to direct messaging, where the scammer asks the customer to send them around $270 in Amazon credit. Once this is done the scammer then complains that the code provided has already been used, and deletes their Twitter account.
One young individual who was relieved of his hard-earned cash in this sorry fashion took to Twitter to voice his sadness, and was criticised by some people for being so gullible. However, as the story grew in notoriety, a kindly stranger - who was also the victim of a scam in the past - paid for a Switch out of their own pocket and sent it to the youngster, with the following message:
I also had been swindled by Wii U fraud before, but one of my friends gave me one for free while I was crying myself to sleep. … I bought Splatoon for Wii U and I love Splatoon as much as I still kept playing it. So when I saw you… I thought about what I could do. I can help more children play video games and they are going to support future of the games industry. So this is just a small token of my appreciation. I will send you a Switch for free. There are a lot of adults tricking you, but you already learnt from this, so I hope you will be careful from now on. And please keep playing video games a lot from now on!
This modern-day Good Samaritan is apparently the Vice President at a Japanese game company, but it's not currently known which one.