Scanning Scam: Look Out for Fraudulent QR Codes

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Contactless Payment with mobile phone

Quick response codes, better known as QR codes , are used every day by companies to point consumers to their apps, track packages or view menus. But because these codes can’t be read by the human eye, they have become a way for scammers to disguise malicious links. As QR codes get more popular, BBB Scam Tracker is seeing more reports of con artists using them to mislead consumers.

How the Scam Works

You receive an email, a direct message on social media, a text message, a flyer, or a piece of mail that includes a QR code. You are supposed to scan the code with your phone’s camera, and it will open a link. In some scams, the QR code takes you to a phishing website, where you are prompted to enter your personal…

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