During the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, QR codes became all the rage.

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It has turned into a go-to strategy for restaurants, bars and other retailers to minimize the number of people who touch the same items or surfaces.

It was a while ago but we did dive head first into this whole QR code trend with an episode of 94 Seconds With Nicole! (Been a while since you heard me say that!) 

They offer flexibility and have helped various businesses do away with hard copies of menus.

Not to mention, it puts all of the information you could need at the tips of your fingers.

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Did you know the University of Central Florida football team actually put QR codes on their uniforms? When fans would scan the codes, they would be shown the team's stats, roster and other information.

According to News12.com, QR codes are now posing a serious risk thanks to scammers. (They ruin everything)

Let me give you an example before I explain.

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Did you know in other states it is very common for people to pay for parking meters through a QR code?

Well law enforcement recently became aware that scammers have started to put fake QR codes on meters - and anywhere else they can for that matter - to steal people's money.

Who in their right mind.....?? Why, just why?

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Albert Hu on Unsplash
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I am not saying to never scan a QR code again by any means.

For rule of thumb: do the link test.

We have all been warned numerous times to not click random links or open random emails because scammers have mastered the art of deception on the internet.

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So just ask yourself: if this were an internet link, would you click it?

Do you know the company associated with the QR code? Do you know where the QR code will redirect you to?

Overall, don't scan a QR code that you are not familiar with. If you do, it poses the same risk as clicking on an unknown link.

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I don't really get why people do this but at the very least, now you know to be on the lookout.

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