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BBB warns of scams using fake QR codes

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – A growing number of businesses are using Quick Response codes – also known as QR codes – which can be scanned with a smartphone to help customers, but consumer experts warn the technology is also being used by scammers.

“QR codes or quick response codes have lots of legitimate reasons, especially during the pandemic, we saw a rise in their popularity. People can use them to scan a restaurant menu, or contactless payments, so there are a lot of great purposes and uses for QR codes. But, as we have seen in the past, scammers take advantage of these new pieces of technology and use them to deceive consumers,” said Susan Bach of the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin.

BBB officials say at least one person who reported being scammed through the BBB Scam Tracker website say they received a letter in the mail with a QR code. However, the agency says scammers may also send you an e-mail, a direct message on social media, a text…

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