Scammers are using QR codes as their latest trick to defraud people, experts have warned.
The codes have become more common since the pandemic hit, used by people going to pubs to order a pint to their table and checking in at restaurants for contact tracing.
But the scammer saw it as an opportunity to trick people out of their hard earned money.
Their latest ploy comes in the form of a phishing email containing a QR code.
Scanning it will not infect your phone with malware.
Instead, it will take you to crafty websites designed to get your bank account details and personal information.
Based on Cnet, which is a growing problem.
People are getting caught because they don’t see the phishing links that QR codes can direct them to.
It also makes it harder for security professionals to spot them.
“Whenever new technology comes out, cybercriminals try to find ways to exploit it,” said Angel Grant, F5’s cybersecurity expert.
“It’s easier to manipulate people if they don’t understand it.”
The public has been warned to be wary of QR code scanning due to the threat.
Think of it like an official poster if you see one in public, or something that might be ugly.
And if it asks you for bank account details, don’t do it or leave the page immediately.
Experts also think that receiving QR codes via email is a bit weird, so that should be another alarm bell.
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