If you are an Uber customer, be cautious of receiving scam messages asking you to claim a parcel at 'Qatar Post', money from 'Hukoomi', or bonus points from Ooredoo.
The team at ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) has compiled a list of these messages currently circulating in Qatar.
Please exercise caution and remain vigilant of any other messages similar to these.
The ILQ team reached out to Qatar Post asking for clarification regarding the above-mentioned message and this was their reply:
"These are fraudulent messages. Please do not enter the link or pay any fees. For further inquiries, please contact the hotline 104 to ensure the reliability of the information."
The ILQ team reached out to Ooredoo regarding the messages and received the below response concerning the fake page.
Please be advised that Ooredoo does not contact customers via any application nor through any government entities, nor will we ever request any information related to your personal credentials via phone, SMS or email. You may also report this case to the Cyber Crime department on 2347333 or at [email protected], as well as to [email protected] to directly report the case to us as well. For further assistance on reporting fraud, please refer to the following video https://youtu.be/DY8LjquHMpE.
Note: Individuals who provide such information will be responsible for damages that may occur, thank you for your understanding.
They have also shared the following video to beware users of fraud prevention.
Uber Qatar has confirmed to the ILQ team that these are spam messages and they have taken note of it.
These fake messages are commonly referred to as "phishing" scams, which aim to trick people into giving up personal and sensitive information such as credit card details.
It's important to verify the sender's name and number, even if the message appears to be from a reputable company. If the message seems questionable, it's best not to reply. Never click on links in the message's body if it seems suspicious.
You can report scams to the respective company directly or to the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA). Find the details below:
Ministry of Interior (MOI): In case of any scam or suspicious online activity, the MOI urges people to contact the Cyber Crime Investigation Centre:
Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA): The Communications Regulatory Authority urges residents to share their scam stories related to mobiles, calls, or spam at:
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