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Posted On: 8 September 2009 10:34 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

MoI tracks down Internet fraudsters

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The Ministry of Interior has said it has successfully tracked and identified some perpetrators of Internet crimes involved in duping people. The centre for combating electronic crimes at the Criminal Investigation Department in the ministry acted using advanced programmes and software after it received a number of complaints from nationals and residents who had fallen victim to fraudsters on the Internet. “Experts at the centre were able to track some of these fraudsters who were caught online and were dealt with,” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry has advised people to be more cautious while dealing with strangers on the Internet. There are a number of ways that criminals use to trick people online — through email contacts, chatting or other means of communication, warned the ministry. They collect personal information to forge identities and use photographs and video clips of their contacts to blackmail them and extract money. “The victims are not aware of the dangers of Internet crime. Don’t open emails coming from unknown sources. Update your security programmes and be cautious while sharing personal details through email or websites,” said the ministry. It urged people to notify the centre for combating electronic crimes if they fell victim to Internet fraud. The centre can be contacted on telephone number 4714222, fax number 4365255 or by email at [email protected] http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=September2009&file=Local_News200909083015.xml