QR code fraudsters scam 71-year-old out of £13,000

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Note how the bank initially blocked the transactions, but the scammers tricked their mark over the phone with social engineering.

The takeaway: be extra wary when scanning QR codes.

A pensioner was scammed out of £13,000 after she used a fake QR code at a train station.

The victim, 71, scanned a code which the fraudsters had placed at a car park in Thornaby Station in Teeside.

The pensioner’s bank initially blocked the transactions, but the gang posing as bank staff were able to convince the victim over the phone, and within minutes they had taken out a £7,500 loan, the BBC reported.

 

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Wonder how they used the fake QR code, I've never used a code to pay something so wonder how the code was used and how the bank Was unblocked after initially blocking. Yahoo article doesn't go into detail. I'm guessing it was a parking payment.

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