Fraudulent QR codes on parking stations, quotes
February 18, 2022
By Mike Kruzman / [email protected]
Livingston County residents are encouraged to exercise caution and not fall for yet another parking scam involving their smartphone cameras.
Local law enforcement is warning of a QR code scam that is sweeping the country. QR codes are small barcode-like squares in which a smartphone user points their phone’s camera or QR app at it, and is redirected to a website on their mobile device. They are used in many ways, for example to give more information about a product, display a restaurant menu or pay bills.
Recently, law enforcement across the country started seeing a new scam involving these QR codes at parking kiosks and counters across the country. According to route-fifty-dot-com, scammers stick stickers with QR codes on parking bollards, direct drivers to websites and ask for credit card or bank account information. Some people report that the scam also takes the form of fake parking tickets.
Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy and Brighton City Police Chief Rob Bradford both contacted WHMI for the warning. Neither is aware that the scam is currently taking place in Livingston County, but both caution that it’s likely only a matter of time. Chief Bradford wrote in an email that there are no police departments in Livingston County that use QR codes on their citations.
Residents should be encouraged to think long and hard when asked to divulge personal information using a QR code, as fraudsters become savvier with their tricks the more codes become prevalent.
Pictured: City of Brighton.