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FBI Announces: Beware of QR Codes

This will be a very short post because there’s nothing more to say than to take a minute to read yesterday’s FBI announcement titled, “Cybercriminals Tampering with QR Codes to Steal Victim Funds.”

If you want more context, read a ZDNet article written today titled, “FBI warning: Crooks are using fake QR codes to steal your passwords and money.”

And, finally, if you want to see a demonstration of people getting scammed take a look at (of all places) this Dr. Oz segment titled, “Scanning Scams: QR Codes That Clear Out Your Bank Account!”

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Ron Alvarez is an IP investigations and protection consultant and writer in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron has since coordinated the private investigation of international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as IP-related investigations and research involving the four pillars of IP: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has written a number of articles for various investigative publications, as well as published "The World of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Investigations" in November 2021.

3 comments on “FBI Announces: Beware of QR Codes


    This is an important announcement
    I will certainly pass it along
    I have some hope my son will go into cybersecurity
    Tom Manley Special Agent FBI- Retired

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    Tank You for this Blog
    The FBI alert regarding QR codes is important Security advice
    I am concerned about cyber warfare resulting form the Russia-Ukraine warfare
    I learned that some global QANON and Anon groups will initiate activities that may draw
    the USA deep into the conflict.
    Tom Manley Special Agent FBI Retired

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