QR Code Warning: Users Beware!


ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — More than 94 million Americans will use their phones to scan a QR code this year. However, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a new warning about these handy codes.

From your TV screen to your favorite restaurant, they seem to be everywhere you look.

QR codes, short for “quick response” codes, allow users to access information instantly from their phone or device. But the Federal Trade Commission says they can also be used to steal your personal information!

Scammers might e-mail or text the malicious QR code directly to you. Or they might post them in public places, like concert venues, parking garages, or flyers. The code itself can automatically install malware on your device. Sometimes, the codes may lead you to a fake website that looks real. If you log in, they can steal any information you provide.

To protect yourself from being a victim of QR code identity theft, think twice before scanning a code. If it contains a URL with errors or misspellings, it could be a fraud. Also, beware of codes you receive unexpectedly or from someone you don’t know, even if they sound legitimate. Also, update your phone’s software with the latest version. Always protect your online accounts with strong passwords, and use a multi-factor authentication so only you can access your personal information. Some telltale signs that your identity has been stolen are unexplained bank account withdrawals or credit card charges.




Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor

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