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By Heritage Bank on February 14, 2024
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Protect Yourself Against Quishing

QR Codes Are Convenient But Potentially Compromised

From paying for parking to scanning the menu at a restaurant, QR codes have become an integral part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, scammers are now exploiting the convenience of QR codes to perpetrate scams. These fraudsters use quishing to trick unsuspecting individuals into revealing sensitive information or downloading malicious content onto their devices.

You may receive a text message saying they couldn’t deliver a package, asking you to contact them about rescheduling. Scammers also pretend there’s been suspicious activity or a problem with your account requiring you to verify your information, including your password. Squish scammers are skilled in creating a sense of urgency so you click on links and provide sensitive information without considering the danger.

Stay alert to some common types of QR code scams:

1. Phishing Websites: Scammers create fake websites resembling legitimate ones then using QR codes to direct users to these deceptive pages where personal information can be harvested.

2. Malware Downloads: QR codes can be designed to initiate downloads of malicious software onto a user's device, compromising its security.

3. Fake Promotions: Scammers distribute QR codes promising exclusive discounts or promotions, leading users to fraudulent websites or applications designed to steal sensitive data.

It is important to protect yourself and your information from these scams. Take these steps to prevent yourself from falling victim to quishing:

1. Verify the Source:

· Only scan QR codes from trusted sources.

· Be cautious of QR codes received through unsolicited emails, messages or from unfamiliar websites.

2. Use QR Code Scanner Apps:

· Utilize reputable QR code scanner apps that offer additional security features.

· These apps can often detect and alert users about potential scams or malicious content.

3. Inspect the URL:

· Before scanning a QR code, take a close look at the URL it directs to.

· Verify the authenticity of the website by checking for secure connections (HTTPS) and ensuring it matches the official domain.

4. Update Security Software:

· Regularly update your device's security software to protect against potential vulnerabilities.

· Enable automatic updates to ensure you have the latest security patches.

5. Educate Yourself:

· Stay informed about the latest scams and phishing techniques.

· Be wary of QR codes that seem too good to be true or promise extraordinary offers.

6. Report Suspicious Activity:

· If you come across a suspicious QR code or believe you've encountered a scam, report it to the appropriate authorities or the platform where you found it.

· You can report an incident to the FTC or the Internet Crime Center.

If you realize you clicked or responded to a quishing message involving your Heritage Bank account, contact us immediately. Stay vigilant. Be informed. Empower yourself with the knowledge needed to navigate the digital landscape securely. For more information on common scams and fraud visit here.

Heritage Bank. Member FDIC.

Published by Heritage Bank February 14, 2024