Companies Raise Awareness Against Online Scams


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) deepak john | The Peninsula

Doha: Technology advancement has led to increase in online scams regionally and globally.

Considering these threats, companies in Qatar have reminded their customers to be vigilant against such fraudulent messages.

Qatar has been making outstanding efforts regionally and at the global level in combating cybercrimes.“To protect your online accounts and prevent cybercrimes, use unique and hard-to-guess passwords and change them periodically. Never respond to suspicious messages or open links and attachments before verifying their sources. Never respond to calls and messages from suspicious sources that ask for your personal or banking information,” the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a recent tweet.

It advised people to secure their online accounts by choosing unique passwords and changing them periodically.

Also on Twitter, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) said,“MCIT warns about receiving fraudulent messages on the various communication means, bearing its logo and containing suspicious links or requests such as bank accounts or others. MCIT calls upon the public not to deal with such messages or share any personal details.”

'Don't jeopardize your data! Use public Wi-Fi networks with caution!“Learn how to use public Wi-Fi safely. Use only Wi-Fi networks that are trustworthy and don't activate the automatic Wi-Fi connection feature,” Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) said on its official twitter handle.

Also, banks in Qatar have been reminding their customers to be vigilant against fraudulent messages and not to share sensitive security information on their social media platforms. With so much of banking activities now done on computers and smartphones, it is important that those services are secure as advancement in technology has led to increase in online scams.

Masraf Al Rayan tweeted recently about encountering phishing, fraud and impersonation.“We take phishing, fraud and imposter cases quite seriously,” it noted.

Another tweet by Ahli Bank yesterday advised customers against sharing their personal information on any website until they are aware of its legitimacy and it's level of security.

Commercial Bank sent an email to its customers titled 'The smart way to prevent fraud is in your hands'. The email said Commercial Bank has introduced CBsafe ID, an additional security feature on their CBQ Mobile App.

Commercial Bank is the first Bank in Qatar to offer this service, providing a unique method to protect you from fraudulent calls. Using the CBQ Mobile App, you will be able to identify legitimate calls from the Bank, ensure caller authenticity and reduce the chances of fraudsters gaining access to your information.

Another statement by the bank said,“The security of your personal data and information is the most essential factor that accompanies you in your day-to-day digital browsing and transactions. As your trusted banking partner, Commercial Bank has started to include a disclaimer that states what you should be aware of, how to protect yourself, and what Commercial Bank will never send to you.”

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