How to safely scan a QR code with your smart phone

Scantek uses QR codes to help users start the verification process on a supported device. 

It's important to know that installing a QR code scanner app can be risky if you're not careful.  These apps offer cyber criminals a variety of ways to fool you into giving out your personal information.

Do not install free QR code scanners from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. Even paid apps can host criminal activity.  Please follow the tips on this page to protect yourself from cyber crime.

Android users

If your phone is not able to scan a QR code automatically, we recommend using Google Lens to scan QR codes.  First, check if you already have Google Lens on your phone:

  1. Open your phone camera
  2. Click More
  3. Click Settings
  4. Activate Google Lens suggestions

If these options are not available, locate Google Lens in the Play Store to download and install.

iPhone users

  1. Use the built-in QR code scanner inside your camera app.
  2. Tap the notification that appears on your screen to go to the relevant website.

You can also forward the code to another device

If you're having issues using the QR code, you can forward the SMS or email you received with the link to another device and complete the process.

Our article Is my device compatible? gives more information about the types of devices that can be used.