A WARNING has been issued advising consumers to be wary of scanning QR codes.
Scammers are using QR technology to steal personal information including credit card details, addresses, phone numbers, and even shares the websites the individual visited recently, according to the Better Business Bureau.
The transfer of personal data happens in a matter of minutes from the moment an individual scans the QR code to an email that transfers their information directly to the scammer.
In some cases, QR codes arrive through the mail disguised in a pamphlet, in an email, or may be covering an existing, legitimate QR code.
The BBB is receiving an increasing number of complaints regarding phishing sites linked to QR codes.
A phishing site is created to trick users into believing it is an official website and may look credible on the surface.
Complaints are made on the BBB scam tracker website which shows 45,091 scam complaints across the US since October 13, 2020. The number of complaints increased from 42,556 from October 13, 2019, through October 12, 2020.
According to the BBB scam tracker, an individual filed a complaint on October 9, 2021, stating they lost $65,641 through a bitcoin scammer.
The scammer used the alias of the US Marshals and received a QR code to deposit cash to buy bitcoin, the complaint says, adding, the person was told to use CashApp to transfer the funds.
The scammer then told them to…