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Don’t Get Scanned! A Guide to Quishing (QR Phishing) Scams

QR codes are everywhere these days. From restaurant menus to bus stop signs, they offer a quick and convenient way to access information online. But with this growing popularity comes a new kind of phishing scam: quishing.

What is Quishing?

Quishing combines “QR code” and “phishing” to describe a cyberattack that uses malicious QR codes to trick victims. When you scan a quishing code, it can take you to a fake website designed to steal your personal information, login credentials, or even infect your device with malware.

How Does Quishing Work?

Quishers use various tactics to lure you into scanning their codes. Here are some common examples:

  • Urgent emails or messages: You might receive an email claiming there’s an issue with your bank account or package delivery. The email will include a QR code you supposedly need to scan to fix the problem.
  • Fake discounts or deals: A quishing code might be advertised as a way to access exclusive discounts or freebies.
  • Malicious posters or flyers: In public places, you might encounter posters or flyers with QR codes that promise something too good to be true, like free Wi-Fi or hidden content.

Protecting Yourself from Quishing

Here are some tips to stay safe from quishing scams:

  • Be cautious with unsolicited QR codes: Never scan a QR code from an unknown source, even if the message seems urgent or enticing.
  • Inspect the source: If you receive a QR code in an email or message, verify the sender’s identity before scanning. Don’t trust emails with generic greetings or suspicious sender addresses.
  • Manually check the URL: If you’re unsure about a QR code, some QR code reader apps allow you to see the destination URL before visiting the site. Alternatively, you can try typing the URL into your browser to see if it looks legitimate.
  • Look for red flags: Phishing websites often have typos, grammatical errors, or a URL that differs slightly from the real website. Be wary of sites that ask for sensitive information you wouldn’t normally provide through a QR code.
  • Keep software updated: Regularly update your phone’s operating system and security software to ensure you have the latest protection against malware and other online threats.

By following these tips, you can stay safe from quishing scams and protect your personal information. Remember, if something seems too good to be true through a QR code, it probably is!

Spread the word! Since quishing is a relatively new scam, many people might not be aware of the dangers. Share this information with your friends and family to help them stay safe online.


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