Scammers taking advantage of QR codes to steal information, money from people » Scammer News


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A form of touchless communication that’s becoming more popular with business is also becoming more popular with scammers who’ve found a way to use it to steal a victim’s money or personal information.

QR codes are convenient and everywhere these days. People need to be careful about where they point their phones because scammers have turned some of these codes into crooked codes.

“They are a really popular way to get sensitive information or to send consumers to a really bad website that contains malware,” said Alyssa Parker of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina.

Scanning a QR code is like clicking a link on the internet. It exposes a person to the same dangers of criminal hacking.

Parker said “HTTPS” or the lock icon can be seen on a normal website, indicating safety, but QR codes all look the…

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