QR Code scams

How the Scam Works:

Someone might stick a fake QR code, which is a type of barcode, over a real one. You could find these on an ad for a discount or a movie poster. If you scan the fake one, you might end up on a bad website that tries to steal your personal info like your credit card number or passwords. Or, it might trick you into downloading a harmful app that can spy on you, steal your contacts, or even lock your phone until you pay money.

Sometimes, these fake QR codes are part of fake sales or contests. They trick you into giving away your personal info which could lead to identity theft or losing money.

What to Watch Out For:

  • Hidden Bad Codes: Bad guys might cover real QR codes with fake ones that lead to trouble.
  • Phony Deals and Competitions: Scammers use QR codes to trick you into visiting fake websites where they steal your info.
  • Bad Apps: Some QR codes might make you download apps that can mess with your phone or steal your info.

How to Stay Safe:

  • Check the QR Code’s Source: Be careful with QR codes from places or people you don’t trust. Make sure they’re supposed to be there.
  • Use a Special QR Scanner App: Some apps are made just for scanning QR codes and can check if they’re safe.
  • Look at the Website Address: Before you go to a website from a QR code, look at the web address to make sure it’s right.
  • If It Looks Weird, Don’t Scan: If something seems off about a QR code, just don’t scan it.
  • Keep Your Phone Updated: Make sure your phone and any QR code apps have the latest updates.
  • Be Careful with Websites from QR Codes: Don’t put your personal info into websites you got to through a QR code.
  • Don’t Pay Through QR Codes: Only use ways to pay that you trust, not just any QR code.

If you are unsure about any of this or want more guidance, don’t hesitate to get into contact with us. As we are happy to help.

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