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Tech-savvy scammers turning to QR codes


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – In a world that’s becoming more tech-savvy, scammers are too. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently sent out a scam alert warning people to be cautious of criminals using QR codes.

QR stands for quick response. It’s like a barcode, but the QR code is in the shape of a square filled with dots and smaller squares. You use your smartphone camera to scan the code, which will take you to a website, PDF, Facebook page or your phone’s app store so you can download a company’s app. Many restaurants started using QR codes during the pandemic so customers could pull up the menu on their phones. KKTV 11 News also uses QR codes during our newscasts to direct people to information on our website.

Most of us know not to click any links that are sent through email or by unknown numbers as text messages….

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