Online scams: Do not scan QR codes to ‘receive’ money

An attendant holds a QR code sign as a customer makes a payment after filling petrol at a fuel station in Mumbai. Aside from the QR code fraud, there are a number of ways wherein online scams are being carried out wherein innocent victims are fleeced of their hard-earned money. — AFP

What appears obvious to a rational mind may not be too obvious all the time.

Intuitively, most Indians know that making a payment via UPI (Unified Payments Interface) – an instant real-time payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of India to facilitate inter-bank transactions through mobile phone in the country – calls for scanning a QR code, but some scamsters manage to convince their gullible victims that this method can be deployed to receive the money too.

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