(CMR) The RCIPS cybercrime team said it is aware of a significant increase in QR code scams. QR codes are a type of barcode or scannable pattern that contain various forms of data, like website links.
It is common for businesses, products, and online platforms to share QR codes as a shortcut to their web pages. There has been a nearly 60% increase worldwide of scammers using fake QR codes to trick people into giving personal information or other details.
The RCIPS cybercrime team advises that if people get a QR code in an email or text that they didn’t ask for, they go to the official website of the store or organization instead of clicking on the QR code. Also, be careful to ensure that if scanning a QR code on a webpage you are on a legitimate webpage and that the re-direct is also to a legitimate webpage.
Never give out personal information to anyone you don’t know. For online safety advice, visit www.exploregov.ky/cybersafe.