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Within a QR code scam, the perpetrator dispatches a QR code to a person, asserting that scanning the code will result in funds being deposited into their account. Contrarily, the QR code is sent with malicious intent, aiming to pilfer the victim’s funds upon scanning.

Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions have seamlessly integrated into daily life, emerging as an integral facet. The transactional convenience associated with UPI has led to its preference over alternative payment methods. Nonetheless, as technology evolves, a surge in UPI-related scams, including QR code scams, has also emerged.

A recent incident involved a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, who encountered a QR code deceit while attempting to vend his washing machine online. Succumbing to the deception, the professor scanned a QR code, resulting in a loss of ₹63,000 from his account. Given the escalating instances of QR code fraud, here are proactive measures to safeguard oneself from such predicaments.

How do you get defrauded using a QR code?

Instances of UPI QR code scams are becoming more prevalent. In these schemes, scammers send QR codes that mimic those of genuine merchants or service providers. Despite their appearance, these QR codes are fraudulent and designed to siphon your funds once scanned.

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