QR codes have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially due to social distancing efforts and a need for contactless services. They are commonly used to access restaurant menus, discount codes, and to make payments. Unfortunately, cybercriminals have taken advantage of this tool, creating fake QR codes that trick you into providing your personal information.
Since custom QR codes are easy to generate, cybercriminals can easily create fake codes for various malicious purposes. For example, cybercriminals could place a fake code in a coffee shop, encouraging you to connect to free Wi-Fi. Or, they could place the fake code on a parking meter, enticing you to make a quick and easy payment. However, if you scan these fake QR codes, the cybercriminals may steal your payment information or redirect you to a malicious website.
Follow the tips below to stay safe from QR code scams:
Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.
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