QR codes to steal money: the FBI warning

QR codes to steal money: the FBI warning
Even the FBI warns: behind a seemingly trivial QR code there could be a dangerous trap for data or wallets.

If you are not entirely sure who created and shared a QR code, it is better not to scan it, it could hide a pitfall. In a nutshell, this is the warning issued by the FBI, with the aim of raising awareness of a danger that is taking shape more and more. We have also written about it on several occasions on these pages in the last period, providing examples of scams and deceptions ranging from password stealing to phishing on parking meters.
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FBI: When the scam hides in a QR code
The US government agency thus aligns itself with cybersecurity experts, who have long known well that without an adequate perception of risk, one ends up being exposed to attacks or malicious actions of any kind.
And, when this system for coding information is increasingly used (also for the Green Pass), the problem affects everyone. Below is an extract from the Public Service Announcement issued by the Internet Crime Complaint Center in translated form.
Criminals are working with QR codes to direct victims to malicious sites that steal credentials and financial information. Although QR codes are not malicious by their nature, it is important to be careful when entering data such as those relating to payments in portals reached through this method.
The FBI also points out that law enforcement cannot guarantee the recovery of lost funds after transactions. In short, once you have fallen into the trap, there is little you can do. A warning launched overseas, but which also applies to the old continent. Relying on an application that shows a preview of the URL encoded in the QR can help. However, there is no substitute for responsible use of the devices.
Using a password manager that does not automatically fill in the fields displayed by sites deemed suspicious or untrustworthy can also be a good practice.
Source: FBI
• You must also pay attention to the QRs present on billboards and posters, it does not take anything to print fake ones that lead to scam sites and to stick them on top of the original ones. Never enter data without checking that the site reached is the authentic one.

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