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Phishing schemes have already hit the internet, and now they’re coming for our parking meters. The San Antonio Police were the first Warn locals About the scam, which targets people trying to pay for their parking tickets through QR codes. Authorities say people have begun plastering their own QR codes on machines, which point people to fraudulent pay-portals when scanning.
The police department has mentioned this Separate tweets Anyone who pays a parking meter has been charged with a credit card breach and suspects they may be a victim of the scam by filing a police report and notifying their bank “immediately”.
It’s a clever (albeit quite dirty) way to scam car owners for a few bucks, and it turns out that San Antonio isn’t the only city hitting here. After San Antonio issued the warning in late December, Austin and Houston began inspecting their own meters. Sure enough, a local Fox News in the Austin area is authorized Reported last week Similar fake codes were plastered in 29 parking meters A local Houston news network then Report That it caught five parking meters with the same deception Code
The Houston report claims that car owners who have scanned seemingly innocent QR codes will now be extinct. The site, “passportlab.xyz”, which directs people to log in to a “quick pay parking” system. After paying this, bad actors running the site can shut down with cash – and anyone To pay There will be someone wise up.
That said, if you’re driving in one of these cities, you probably shouldn’t use your QR to pay for your parking in the first place. Houston officials recently issued a Press release Remind residents that the city no longer uses QR codes for payments, and never in the past — it always accepts coins, bills, or credit cards. Austin officials put them out Own release The city is said to be using the same three payment methods and any QR codes seen in the wild may be “created with malicious intent.”
However, the scandal seems to be centered in Texas, and is hitting parking meters in Texas, especially with QR codes everywhere. Thanks to the epidemic, businesses across the country have hoped for untouched transaction trains, and will probably keep these two-dimensional pieces of technology around. Guess what The future. This complete disaster should be a reminder to all of us: the next time you sit in a restaurant or bar scanning the code in front of you, be sure to double check where that code goes.