Pokémon cards allegedly link to adult website

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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Quick response code

A Sherwood family received a big shock while playing with some new Pokémon cards, KPTV news has reported.

The cards came with a quick response (QR) code, as pictured, which can be scanned to access more information about the product. In particular, the code on the TCG deck purchased was promoting the Pokémon Online Challenge. However, upon scanning the code which came with his children's cards, father-of-two Ben Lapp was allegedly directed to an adult website.

This is the first case Bulbagarden has heard of where a QR code packaged with a Pokémon product has not reached its intended target.

Photographer and QR marketer Jeff Lorton, interviewed by KPTV, says care should be taken in the manufacture and use of QR codes. "Things are moving so fast, there are bound to be some mistakes made by people," he said.

KPTV was not able to reach the Pokémon Company for comment.

KPTV is a Fox-affiliated television station servicing the Portland, Oregon market.