Counterfeit QR Codes
How the scam works:
(with video below) Very popular recently, the QR codes (Quick Response Codes) are scannable barcodes that direct smartphone users to certain websites or other downloadable content. Unfortunately, criminals are taking advantage of the situation and get victims to access the wrong page. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see the Counterfeit QR Codes scam exposed:
There have been reports that scammers print out their own QR codes as stickers, and place them over valid QR codes on banners, posters, and signs. This way, when victims see a poster for an upcoming show, contest, or product and want to get more information, they scan the QR code, only to be redirected to an infected, or a phishing, site.
How to avoid the QR Code scam:
Before scanning a QR Code, run your fingers over it; if it has raised edges or notice it's a sticker, chances are it is a fake code that has been adhered over the legitimate code. Look on the company’s website to obtain the necessary information.
How to report the QR Code scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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