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The Better Business Bureau serving Acadiana is warning of a new scam targeting the Acadiana area. This scam involves fraudulent QR codes. A QR code is used by companies to connect customers to apps, websites, packages and menus. The consumer will usually use their phone to scan the code and the code links the phone to a site. But be careful, the BBB has been getting reports of scammers using QR codes to connect victims to malicious links.

The scam will start with a message either through email, social media, text, or flyer that will contain a QR code. The message will instruct the victim to scam the code. Victims are then connected to a phishing site that will trick the user into entering personal information and or login credentials allowing the scammer to steal this information. Sometimes the con artist will use the QR codes to launch payment apps in order to steal money.

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