Cyber gangsters are now using QR codes to get access to online banking.
New scam: QR code phishing
Cyber gangsters are now using a more sophisticated fraud method than usual with customers of the Volks- und Raiffeisenbank. These are again phishing emails, but in many cases this time the emails do not contain any dangerous links, but instead a QR code. Consumer advocates warn of this.
The subject lines are “New changes” or “Important information” or “VR Security Newsletter – Your data can be stolen”. The phishing emails then start below the bank logo with the general salutation “Dear customers”. new security system called “Volksnet” would be introduced. The customer would have to agree to this new security measure and this could be done by scanning the QR code at the bottom of the mail with a smartphone. This QR code then opens a fake login page, where the customer’s online banking data is stolen.
Sometimes these phishing emails actually come without a QR code. In these cases, the e-mails have a link at the end of the e-mail that you should click on.
How to react correctly
Whether the phishing email comes with a QR code or a clear link, there is always only one correct reaction: delete the email without clicking on anything in it. Your bank will never send you an email to log into your online banking. Always use the correct link saved in your browser as a bookmark or favorite to open your online banking website.
Here is an overview of the phishing emails that have been circulating recently: