Scammers – Cleverer by the Day

On the left is what a ‘QR‘ code looks like, in case you are not aware.
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached.

From Nigel Sutton – Cambs Police.
You should all know about the dangers of the phishing email, but guess what?
Cyber criminals appear to have re-invented it.

It now appears that they are embedding QR codes into the email that asks the recipient to scan the QR code which leads the person to a phishing site that logs their credentials.

So far, this scheme has only been seen on email servers in France, but it is suspected that it will quickly spread across the globe.
This clever new scheme bypasses the vast majority of phishing, virus, spam, and malware filters because there is no obvious URL for the filters to examine for legitimacy. Very few standard security systems will protect users against this threat… all they see is an innocuous image… not the malicious domain behind it.
For more information visit:

If anyone has received such an email, please let me know.
Many thanks
Mr Nigel Sutton
Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor | Specialist Crime Team

Ext: 2773
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Hinchingbrooke Park,
Huntingdon, PE29 6NP

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