Scammers are using QR codes to steal your money. Here’s what to check for.
Consumers should be cautious when scanning QR codes, according to a WARNING.
According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers are exploiting QR technology to steal personal information such as credit card numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and even the websites that an individual has previously visited.
From the moment a person scans the QR code to receiving an email that sends their information directly to the scammer, personal data is sent in a matter of minutes.
QR codes may be disguised in a brochure, an email, or may be covering an existing, legal QR code when they come in the mail.
The Better Business Bureau is receiving an increasing number of complaints about phishing sites that use QR codes.
A phishing site is designed to fool users into thinking it is an official website, and it may appear legitimate at first glance.
Fraud complaints are filed on the BBB scam tracker website, which has received 45,091 reports since October 13, 2020. From October 13, 2019, to October 12, 2020, the number of complaints climbed by 42,556.
An individual submitted a complaint with the BBB scam tracker on October 9, 2021, claiming they lost $65,641 to a bitcoin fraudster.
According to the complaint, the fraudster utilized the pseudonym of the US Marshals and obtained a QR code to deposit cash in order to buy bitcoin, and the victim was directed to use CashApp to transfer the funds.
The con artist then instructed them to drive to a “Coinsource machine” and deposit the money in order to purchase bitcoin.
The procedure of making a code is straightforward, thanks to online QR code creator websites. The website generates the code automatically once each user specifies the target site to which they will be redirected.
There are steps you may take to prevent the loss of important data and money.
If a family member, friend, or acquaintance sends you a QR code, make sure you contact them to confirm that they sent it.
Furthermore, it is critical not to accept links or scan QR codes supplied by strangers, and to double-check the URL before clicking on it.
Verify the source of the code by double-checking the link and visiting the official website in person.
In certain circumstances, the URL may be off by just one word or letter in order to confuse the phishing scam victim.
With the amount of scammers on the rise, there are QR scanner apps that have additional security features, such as a phone firewall that detects scams before you open them.
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