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Fake QR codes



Scammers are taking advantage of our trust in QR codes. A scammer could replace a genuine QR code with a fake one. For example, the QR code on the side or a parking meter, contactless payment or even in cafes could have been replaced by criminals to link to their ‘fake’ websites. QR codes claiming to be from a trusted company or an amazing offer in an email could be included to visit a website to steal your personal information. 

Before scanning check to see if there are signs it has been tampered with or stuck over the original. If you scan a QR code make sure you check the preview address and if you are unsure or it looks suspicious don’t visit the site. If the site asks for a lot of personal information think, why is it asking for that? It may be safer to use trusted phone apps or visit the genuine website.