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Old 13th February 2020, 19:04   #76
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Reporting OLX scam -

Posted few items for sale. A guy calls from 7357493958. Apparently working in Indian Army and posted in Chennai.

He tried hard to pull of the QR code scam. His whatsapp image shows some army guy. Real shame how they go to any extent for small gains by maligning the Indian Army and trying to profit at the expense of gullible folks.

Gave him an earful. I know, pointless.
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Old 27th June 2020, 15:55   #77
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Apparently working in Indian Army and posted in Chennai. His whatsapp image shows some army guy. Real shame how they go to any extent for small gains by maligning the Indian Army and trying to profit at the expense of gullible folks.
There has been a spur of QR scams recently, especially in Bengaluru. Most pretend as Army personnel, exploiting goodwill people have for Army personnel. News

Apparently, "Fraud Magazine" alerted about this scam way back in 2013. Here is a snippet from the report (source)

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Opportunistic fraudsters have developed several variations of QR code click jacking. They substitute real QR codes with bogus ones. Victims who scan the fake QR codes are directed to malicious websites with realistic bogus screens. Then, as in any phishing scheme, victims are prompted to provide personally identifiable information (PII), which then fraudsters use for identity theft. Or, depending on the type of device victims use, they’re directed to malicious websites, which include malware that may be directly downloaded to the victims’ smartphones. Possible result? Online banking fraud.

SOBER PRECAUTIONS

Never scan a code box that doesn’t appear to be linked to anything else and has no accompanying text — for example, just stuck on a wall or floor.
Be wary of scanning codes in public places, such as transportation depots, bus stops or city centers.
Check first to see if a code is on a removable sticker. If so, don’t scan.
If you scan a code and find yourself on a web page that asks for PII such as passwords, don’t key in the information. Nothing is that important. You can always investigate the product later.
If you encounter a possible bogus QR code attached to a product, advertisement, poster or building, warn the owner of the site.
Use a scanner app that actually checks the website the QR code is directing you to before it takes you there. Smartphones that use the Android operating system are the most vulnerable. Secure reader apps are available. Just do a search for “secure QR reader app.”

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