Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar- Don't fall prey to online frauds, says Ministry  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 20/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) To combat soaring cybercrimes and online frauds, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) yesterday warned people to remain extra vigilant.

People should not fall prey to scams and frauds and protect themselves by not responding to any middlemen or unscrupulous people offering to settle fines against violations by paying half or less than the amount or discounted air tickets via unknown online agencies, the ministry said in a statement.

It also warned that victims of such frauds will also be subjected to legal procedures because of being partners in crimes.

Fraudsters make use of multiple modus operandi to entrap their victims such as by using forged (cloned) or stolen credit cards.

They approach their victims to pay fines on their behalf through Hukoomi website.

Once the fine is paid through a stolen or cloned credit or ATM card, the victim is asked to check the latest status on the website of the government agency to make sure that the payment has been made.

However, the victim, unaware of future consequences, gets entrapped and happily pays the negotiated amount to the criminal, only to realise later that the payment has been declined by the bank because the card used is fake and the fine for the violation still remains to be paid to authorities.

The ministry has called on everyone who comes across such fraudsters or cases to immediately inform the authorities by calling 2347444 or hotline number 66815757. One can also inform the authorities by sending an email to cccc@moi.gov.qa.

Major Ali Hassan Al Kubaisi, Head of Economic Crime Section, Criminal Investigation Department, said several electronic crimes had been reported recently.

Citizens or residents contact people through forums or social networking sites in or outside the country offering to provide services such as payment of fines charged by government departments, with half the amount waived.

He said the department had received calls from people who had fallen victim to such frauds, and said this did not relieve them of their legal responsibility.

"How could a person accept to pay half the fine imposed by government agencies?" he asked, adding that it was a violation of law and the person would be referred to the public prosecution.

First Lieutenant Mudawi Saeed Al Qahtani of Cybercrime Combating Centre said most cyber crimes, particularly those related to payment of fines, were committed by people outside the country.

But they have accomplices in the country and they will be arrested, and Interpol's help will be sought to arrest suspects outside the country, he said.

Another officer at the centre, First Lieutenant Jassim Al Kuwari, urged companies and individuals to take extra precautions while making electronic transactions and using electronic communication, especially, emails, to avoid falling victim of hackers, pirates and cyber criminals.

Colonel Muhammed Ibrahim Al Jufairi, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation Department, urged people not to deal with scammers and middlemen in electronic transactions and not to keep personal files or banking information on Internet systems but to keep them elsewhere.

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 Jun 2 2015 - HE FM Assistant Meets UN Official, Discuss Libyan DevelopmentsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Foreign Minister's Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani met Tuesday with Special Representative of the UN ...

 Jun 2 2015 - HE Minister of Environment Attends Seminar on Genetic ResourcesQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) The Agricultural Research Department hosted Tuesday a seminar on the access to genetic resources and its benefit. The seminar is to celebrate the World Environment day and was held at ...

 Jun 2 2015 - HE Minister of Justice Leaves for ThailandQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Minister of Justice Dr. Hassan bin Lahdan Saqr Al Muhannadi and his accompanying delegation left Doha for Thailand to participate in the two-day Conference of the Asian Society of ...

 Jun 2 2015 - HE Minister of State for Defense Affairs Meets Turkey's Deputy Minister of National DefenseQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Minister of State for Defense Affairs Major-General Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah met here Tuesday with Turkey's Deputy Minister of National Defense Hassan Kamal Yar Deja and his ...

 Jun 2 2015 - Qatar - HE Minister of Justice Leaves for ThailandQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Minister of Justice Dr. Hassan bin Lahdan Saqr Al Muhannadi and his accompanying delegation left Doha for Thailand to participate in the two-day Conference of the Asian Society of ...

 Jun 2 2015 - Serbian Minister Meets Qatari AmbassadorQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Serbia's Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Kori Udovicki has met with HE Qatar's Ambassador in Belgrade Sheikh Mubarak bin Fahad Al-Thani. Discussions ...

 Jun 2 2015 - Saudi GDP to grow 3.5 percent in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Arabia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is set to record 3.5 percent growth this year, remaining unmoved from 2014, according to the International Monetary Fund, Reuters reported.As the ...

 Jun 2 2015 - UAE spends USD14.3b over Etihad AirwaysMENAFN
(MENAFN) The government of the United Arab Emirates has spent over USD14.3 billion in Etihad Airways, USD9.1 billion was granted through equity financing and USD5.2b through loans, Arabian Business ...

 Jun 2 2015 - Famous international brands to capitalise their investments in EgyptDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Ten years ago, no one would have imagined buying high-end products right from the heart of Cairo. However, nowadays, average local malls display impressive line of ...

 Jun 2 2015 - Egypt- Online platform to connect NGOs with private sector profitsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) In the words of 23-year-old Khaled Yousry regarding his project: "I just want to make this country a better place for people to live in."Talking about the main reason he ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help