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After scanning the QR code, note the URL of the website you are directed to.  (Representative image)

After scanning the QR code, note the URL of the website you are directed to. (Representative image)

To protect yourself from QR phishing scams, be careful when scanning QRs, especially if they are from unknown or questionable sources.

Unfortunately, financial payment scams are all around us, and they are evolving and adapting to target unsuspecting individuals and businesses. Quishing is another type of scam that uses QR codes to trick people into giving out personal information or downloading malware.

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What is a quishing scam?

The name comes from “QR Phishing”, which combines two aspects of fraud.

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Here’s how it works:

  • Fraudsters create a fake QR code: they can place it on stickers, posters, flyers, or even place it on legitimate QR codes, such as parking signs or gas pumps.
  • The code looks innocent: it may appear as a link to a website or payment portal, or offer a discount or reward.
  • When scanned, it redirects you: instead of taking you to the intended destination, the code redirects you to a malicious website.
  • The website aims to steal your information: it can look like a real website (for example, your bank) and trick you into entering login information, personal information or financial information possible
  • Malware can also be downloaded: Malicious code hidden inside a QR code can damage your device, steal data, or give attackers remote access.

To protect yourself from QR phishing scams, be careful when scanning QR codes, especially if they come from unknown or questionable sources.

Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to QR phishing scams:

  • Be careful with unfamiliar QR codes: do not automatically scan them, especially if they are placed randomly or suspiciously.
  • Check the link before scanning: Check the website address encoded in the QR code using a QR code reader app that shows the destination before scanning.
  • Look for modification marks: Real QR codes are usually professionally printed and well aligned. Beware of obfuscated, misaligned or damaged codes.
  • Only scan codes from trusted sources: If you’re unsure, verify the legitimacy of the QR code with the intended source (eg restaurant, parking provider).
  • Use a safe QR code reader app: Choose an app that lets you see the link before scanning and warns you about potential risks.
  • Don’t enter sensitive information on unknown websites: Never share personal or financial information on websites accessed through untrusted QR codes.

By being vigilant and careful when scanning QR codes, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to QR phishing scams and protect your personal information from fraudsters.

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