What can you do if you have lost your phone or had it stolen in Qatar?
Firstly, as a general precaution, ensure all your passwords are strong and have two-factor authentication wherever possible.
Make sure sensitive information like photos, etc are password protected on the mobile device & have a backup. Do take note of the serial number of the phone. It also goes without saying that most public places in Qatar (for example: malls) have a dedicated lost and found space; this will usually be your first point of contact to check with.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has listed some of the ways you can try to retrieve it back. Check them out below.
If you are an iPhone user, you can go to the iCloud Find My iPhone website and type in your Apple ID and password. It will show you the location of your Apple devices, and you will be able to trace the location and try and retrieve it from there.
If you are an Android phone user and are logged into Google on your phone, go to Google Find My Device and you can choose for your device to ring even if set on silent or you can choose to secure your data by locking your phone, logging out of your Google account and erase data.
If you choose the erase option, all data will be permanently deleted from the device and after your device has been erased; you can’t locate it. If your device is offline, erasing will begin when it next comes online.
Inform your network provider immediately after losing your phone. This will allow them to block calls, messages, and transactions using your phone numbers.
It will also prevent unauthorized transactions made using your debit and credit cards, which require an OTP (one-time password) sent to your registered mobile number for any successful transaction. You can also ask them to give you a replacement SIM card with your old number.
Lodging a complaint will be useful if the person who stole it attempts to use your financial information to make a fraudulent purchase using your account information. In this event, possessing a police report will prove useful. They will also be able to trace your phone using the IMEI number (serial).
Have you ever lost your phone in Qatar? What did you do after that, did you manage to get it back? Let us know in the comments below. Do share this article - it keeps us going!
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