Scanning QR codes: you need to know this to prevent scams

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People are being scammed by scanning QR codes

We increasingly hear that people are being scammed by scanning QR codes. This new form of fraud makes it very easy for criminals to wreak havoc on bank accounts. We’ve listed everything you need to know about QR codes and how to prevent scams.

This is all you need to know about scanning QR codes with your phone.

What is a QR Code?

QR code is an abbreviation for “Quick Response Code.” This code is displayed as a barcode that you can scan with your phone. Once scanned, you will be automatically redirected to a website. This way of scanning makes it much easier for users of smartphones to visit websites, since they don’t have to look up or type anything into a web browser. One popular use is for entrance tickets to events, but it can also display information about other things, including works of art in museums. Online payments can also be made via the code. And this last one is precisely the reason why the scanning of some QR codes can put you in danger.

On the next page, read how people are scammed using QR codes, as well as tips on what you can do in these situations.

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