Scammers are targeting customers by using fake QR Codes set up in restaurants and cafes. They can also be found on parking meters, in phishing emails, sent through the mail, sent over social media, and on unexpected package deliveries. These fake codes redirect customers to malicious websites that request you to enter your personal information and bank details.

How to spot a fake QR scam

  • Look for signs of tampering, if another QR Code has been placed over an existing one.

  • Check Website Authenticity by looking at the URL for spelling mistakes, site seals, and the secure site lock symbol.

  • A legitimate QR code will not try and scare you into putting your personal details into a form, this could be by using fear tactics or putting on time restraints.

  • To check whether a site is safe and if you have any questions, open a browser and type in the site name and see what reviews come up.

How to protect yourself

  • Try using a cafe or restaurant verified app to order and pay for food.

  • Opt for ordering and paying for food at the counter.

  • Ask an employee to double-check whether the business is using a QR code, as a scammer may have posted a flyer without the business knowing.

  • Most new mobile devices will show you a preview of a code's URL as you start to scan it with your camera. If the URL looks unusual, don’t click on the link.

  • Be vigilant and if anything seems suspicious, say something to the manager of the cafe or restaurant.

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Information sourced from: 7News, MUO and AURA

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