Fraud alert: Malicious QR codes

Source: Herb Weisbaum, Consumers' Checkbook

Con artists have added QR codes to a variety of familiar scams. Based on reports to the BBB Scam Tracker, these hoaxes include advance fee loan, employment, and utility scams.

Here’s how to play it safe:

  • Beware of signs that offer “free Wi-Fi” by using a QR code—especially somewhere you have not visited before.
  • Don’t download an app suggested by a QR code. Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store instead, and download the app from there.

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