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FBI Issues Warning about QR Code Scam

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: A person wears rubber gloves while scanning a QR code menu at a restaurant in Kips Bay as the city continues the re-opening efforts following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on October 14, 2020 in New York City. The pandemic continues to burden restaurants and bars as businesses struggle to thrive with evolving government restrictions and social distancing plans which impact keeping businesses open yet challenge profitability. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Apparently, using QR codes at restaurants and businesses don’t just make life easier for consumers; they also make it easier for thieves who are after your money.

That’s the word from the FBI, which is warning U.S. residents to watch out for bogus QR codes that direct cell phones to malicious websites that either steal data or hijack payments. The warning comes after police in Austin, Texas found more than two dozen bogus QR codes, taped over the real ones, at city parking stations.

“People attempting to pay for parking using those QR codes may have been directed to a fraudulent website and submitted payment to a fraudulent vendor,” reads a statement released by the Austin Police Department.

Have you ever fallen victim to a scam?



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