Scanning QR codes lets Chinese motorists pay to have stolen car mirrors returned in new scam

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Thieves demand cash by way of quick response code to give back stolen vehicle side mirror glass. Chinese thieves stole glass from car side mirrors, telling victims scanning QR codes to make a payment is the only way to have the property returned. The motorists were told to pay anywhere from $45 to $105 to have the glass from the mirrors returned. Police in Xian, a city in central China, are investigating reports of extortion efforts by local thieves. The criminals reportedly said scanning QR codes to pay were the…

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Mobile Commerce Round Up

This week in Mobile Commerce…   Below please find the notes and highlights we cover…   QR codes scanned daily by 2.75 million Americans Arbitron and Edison Research have released the results of a new study, which revealed that QR codes are being regularly used by a large number of smartphone owning Americans. The study found that in the United States, about 21 percent of smartphone users have scanned QR codes at least one time in their lives. The study also found that 25% of consumers accessed retailer coupons using…

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QR codes at ReapSo designed to increase appeal of scanning

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This Michigan based startup company has found a way to make the barcodes stand out. ReapSo, a startup company based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, has come up with a mobile app that provides loyal customers with a way to earn fun rewards through the use of QR codes, boosting the appeal of scanning these barcodes. The mobile app officially went live in January, and had already broken the 500 customer mark in 3 weeks. The mobile app from ReapSo gives smartphone users the ability to scan unique QR codes that…

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QR Code stores big hit in 2013

Dutch Startup to bring pop-up virtual store to the public After Tesco launched its QR Code virtual store for the homeplus formula in 2009, the number of QR Code stores has been increasing with double digits. In 2012 over 300 QR Code stores were published worldwide and over 2000 have already been announced for 2013. With the rise of mobile commerce, retailers are finally integrating their online and offline channels. According to Forrester research , mobile retail and travel spending grew by 80% in 2011 and is expected to more…

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QR codes are common, but so is their poor use

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Though quick response barcodes are widely used, many companies still aren’t applying them well. Though QR codes are providing a wonderful opportunity for brands to bridge the gap between the real world and the digital universe, many companies have yet to figure out how to provide any level of engaging consumer experience. This poor user experience is leading consumers to shy away from continuing to scan the barcodes. Fortunately, as the use is still relatively new, there are enough consumers out there who have not yet scanned QR codes that…

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