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BBB: Watch out for fraudulent QR codes | Business


Companies use Quick Response (QR) Codes to point consumers to their apps, track packages, or view menus. But because these codes can’t be read by the human eye, they have become a new way for scammers to disguise malicious links. As QR codes grow in usage, BBB Scam Tracker is seeing more reports of con artists using them to mislead consumers.

“Something to always keep in mind,” said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas, “Is that whenever new technology grows in popularity, scam artists will capitalize on the trend.”

You receive an email, a direct message on social media, a text message, a flyer, or a piece of mail that includes a QR code. You are supposed to scan the code with your phone’s camera, and it will open a link. In some scams, the QR code takes you to a phishing…

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