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Fraud through QR Code scanning


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Fake Store QR Code

Fraudulent schemes to appropriate assets through QR Code payments are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Due to the rapid development of QR Codes, many scammers now exploit store owners' negligence in not checking their accounts after customers transfer money but only looking at the successful transfer notification from the buyer. Consequently, scammers print barcodes of their bank and paste them over the store's QR Codes. This results in store owners not receiving the money, while customers believe they have successfully paid.

Some scammers also take advantage of peak shopping times or major promotional events to commit fraud, as transaction volumes increase during these times and store owners often cannot check each transaction thoroughly. Additionally, QR Code fraud can be executed through fake advertising flyers, phishing emails, or websites impersonating legitimate stores.

Malicious QR Code

Scam Qr Code


Scammers can use malicious QR Codes, placed in high-traffic areas such as bus stops, shopping centers, or other public places. Curiosity may lead passersby to use their phones to scan the scammer's QR Code. From that QR Code, you will be directed to a fake website designed to steal your information, such as bank account numbers, email addresses, personal information, and more.

These fake websites are often very sophisticated, resembling official sites to deceive users. Once you enter your personal or account information on these websites, scammers can use this information to steal your assets or commit other fraudulent acts.

Additionally, malicious QR Codes can direct you to websites containing malware. Simply downloading a file or installing an application can allow malware to infiltrate your phone, collect personal information, control the device, or cause other damages.

Be Alert and Protect Yourself

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To protect yourself from QR Code fraud, you should take the following measures:

  1. Always thoroughly check your bank account after receiving a transfer notification from a customer. Do not rely solely on the notification; confirm the exact amount has entered your account.

  2. Only scan QR Codes from trusted sources. Avoid scanning codes from flyers, advertisements, or websites of unknown origin.

  3. Use security and antivirus applications on your phone to protect personal information and bank accounts.

  4. Regularly update your phone's software and operating system to protect against the latest security vulnerabilities.

  5. If you detect any signs of fraud, report it immediately to the authorities or service providers for timely support.

Never download or follow instructions from an unknown QR Code. Downloading installation files or entering information on a web form can quickly cause your bank account to "evaporate." By taking these preventive measures, you can minimize risks and protect your assets from QR Code fraud schemes.


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