February 23, 2024

How to protect yourself from QR code scams

If you scan a bogus QR code and go to the linked site, you can be fooled into giving up passwords and sensitive date. Here’s how to spot and protect yourself from fake QR codes.

Scanning a QR code with an iPhone
Scanning a QR code with an iPhone

Fraudsters have been caught before selling what purport to be apps for reading QR codes, but the FTC says that some are sticking their own codes on top of legitimate ones in public places.

“There are reports of scammers covering up QR codes on parking meters with a QR code of their own,” says the FTC in a statement. “And some crafty scammers might send you a QR code by text message or email and make up a reason for you to scan it.”

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