A series of events show fraudsters masterfully steal personal data, but the method this time may deceive many because it happens in public shops or restaurants.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, media reports say “the thieves make a fake QR code and plant it at restaurants, retail stores, and even parking meters.” After that, the user of these services finds that malicious programs have been installed on his device that can transfer his personal data and information to these “hackers,” reports Al-Rai daily.

According to a report issued by the Marcum Accounting Office in New York, “QR code frauds are among the top five cybersecurity threats observed last April,” and that “scammers use fake codes to carry out phishing operations in emails and social media messages.”

The report concluded that “you should avoid making payments from a website that is accessed via a QR code to make the payment, and it is better to enter trusted sites manually instead of the (QR code), because you may end up giving hackers access to your device.”

The report warned that “the danger lies in the possibility of accessing your contacts, downloading malicious software, sending you to a fake payment gateway, and accessing your bank and credit card accounts.”

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