Lottery Scammers targetting Qatar Mobiles!

moeed
By moeed

I just got a call on my mobile from an international number +92 area code, the caller told me that I had won a QR 50,000 draw from Qtel. The caller said that they had tried to contact me via mail but I had not responded, which is why they're calling to tell me I won. I thought this must be a scam but then he told me that to verify the prize I would need to check the number on my sim card. He gave me a number and told me to check my sim card and call him back if it matches. So at this point I'm thinking "maybe this is legit and start dreaming of a nice holiday!"

I pulled out my SIM and voila! It was the same number that he had read out. Was it true?

I still had a doubt so I called Q-Tel directly. They told me that it was a scam and that a number of other people had called them.

Now the only question is, how did he know the number on the back of my SIM card?

(P.S. The scammer called me from +923016496636)

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By asc_8285• 10 years 11 months ago.
asc_8285

i rcieved call today

from+971 i.e Dubai

all fraud

they me no.89974

By naniababa• 11 years 11 months ago.
naniababa

i am also victom of fraud.

By mjamille28• 11 years 12 months ago.
mjamille28

i have gotten calls like that, but i hung up even before the caller gets through..

By Eve• 11 years 12 months ago.
Eve

Has anyone been getting what they are told are collect calls, using a Qtel phone and asking if I will accept the charges. Since no one I know would call me that way I ignore them.

By mjamille28• 11 years 12 months ago.
mjamille28

lol saggi, congratulate them back and say they've made complete asses of themselves... :P

By svelte_saggi• 11 years 12 months ago.
svelte_saggi

alright,i'm in too....got an sms from 'DohaBank' in arabic saying that my Visa card has been chosen for a prize of USD 10,000.....how cool is that?coz neither do i have an account in Doha Bank...nor do i own a Visa card....LOL :-D

Going to church no more makes you a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car. ~ Garrison Keillor

By noman• 11 years 12 months ago.
noman

Hey Guys, I reported this phone call to the 301 GSM Network and have got the following response.

******************************************************

This is with reference to your email regarding calls/SMS received from mobile number 03016496636. We thank you for bringing out this incident into our notice and express our sincere regret for the inconvenience that has been caused to you. We highly value our esteemed customers therefore; all promotional schemes are widely publicized to ensure that our customers are fully aware of the same. However, we would like to suggest that such information when received from any anonymous number may please be verified from authentic sources.

However please note that appropriate action shall be taken against the user as per company policy.

Yours sincerely,

By anonymous• 12 years 13 hours ago.
anonymous

I got two calls since last days one is sms from MBC and i won some 30 million riyals and today from +41 which is strange

Better not to respond these numbers.

By artistic• 12 years 17 hours ago.
artistic

I also had the same kind of call. i thought it was one of my relative so i called back and they said that i had won qr100.000, they also said that they are speaking from Q-tel headquarters and they wanted my ID number and passport number with my fathers name. At that point i realised its a scam and hungup.

So guys be smart and don't give out your details to anyone over the phone.

By Sun Fun Sea• 12 years 1 day ago.
Sun Fun Sea

What are you eating that you are so dummy to reply to any miss call from other countries.

Dont be idiot.

BE smart guy.

If someone need you they call you many times.

And if is misscalls do not reply.

FO

By painther• 12 years 1 day ago.
painther

without inhouse support it can never happen.

By baaash• 12 years 1 day ago.
baaash

maybe the scam from withen, ppl who have access to customer info!!!

By painther• 12 years 1 day ago.
painther

as we all discuss, the fraudsters are really ON in qatar , here's another story in GT http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=339497&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56

Solution- Greed is bad!!! as simple as that.

By stealth• 12 years 1 day ago.
stealth

Recently a few employees in Etisalat was picked up for doing a similar kind of trick, though it was with small amount and related to pre-paid cards i think.

By t_coffee_or_me• 12 years 1 day ago.
t_coffee_or_me

http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/

 

 

 

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By Omar Waheed.• 12 years 1 day ago.
Omar Waheed.

rev... where is this MAULDIVES?

_______________________

'' Live for Nothing or Die for Something ''

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By Rev.s• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rev.s

I recieved call from +960 i gues its Mauldives ?

-: Kindness is a Language the deaf can hear and the blind can see :-

By Rev.s• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rev.s

Scam Scam...:( yet i have't won my Million dollar LOTTERY !!

-: Kindness is a Language the deaf can hear and the blind can see :-

By rmpatel22• 12 years 1 day ago.
rmpatel22

I received missed call from +923437944169 2 days back, but didn't called back.

By awm• 12 years 1 day ago.
awm

somany ppls had the same experiance before and still.....

plz dont do 1 thing....if they asking to send money through WESTERN UNION or any other money transfer system for processing your prize (may be 500000000 $ ..!!! ) or anything else

ONE more thing....dont forward your PERSONAL BANK A/C details....

these types of calls are coming from PAKISTAN, U A E and some AFRICAN COUNTRIES.....

THEY JUS TRY TO UNDERSTAND YOU FIRST....IF THEY COULD KNOW THAT U R A FOOL (THE person who alwys thinking about millions ).....they will ask u to send some cash to em...or ur A/C DETAILS...

plz be carefull

By anonymous• 12 years 1 day ago.
anonymous

Rizks...mail order cow?.....lol

By qatarocean• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 2/5
qatarocean

Just Kiss/Kick him good bye.

Or

Say Wrong Number

By anonymous• 12 years 1 day ago.
anonymous

moeed, very simple....

All Qtel SIM serial numbers are of 19 digits and start with 89974. the fraudster just gives you those first 5 digits and tells you to validate it. Obviously it will match. next time you guys get a call tell him to validate the complete number.

then he will take you down the "western union money transfer" route

By basheerDoha• 12 years 1 day ago.
basheerDoha

Really surprised about how he got your simcard serial number, did you told about this to qtel people when u called them ?

By psssst• 12 years 1 day ago.
psssst

Don't trust people immediately

By psssst• 12 years 1 day ago.
psssst

bad people are everywhere, they always looking for their innocent victims.

By Rizks• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rizks

i gav my po box no. to someone who called from +92......

the next day i received a big COW and CID's called me for investigation.....:(

Holy COW....:(

By hopscotch• 12 years 1 day ago.
hopscotch

That's awful. Thanks for the heads-up.

By Khanan• 12 years 1 day ago.
Khanan

I never bithered about the privacy of POBox. Use to give freely whenever asked. Will be careful from now on.

____________________________________________________

Have Courage To Live.

Anyone Can Die.

By Ice Maiden• 12 years 1 day ago.
Ice Maiden

I get calls from numbers starting with +91.

I dont call back. but its worrying cos the code is from India and my parents are there.

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"We live life forward, but understand it backward"

By DaRuDe• 12 years 1 day ago.
DaRuDe

becareful while giving out your post box number.

A guy he recieved a parcel at Q post some years ago. He was called to come verify his identity and get it. when he reached he was surrounded by CID. The parcel contained boots and the soles were filled with drugs. and he was under investigation for a month.

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

Khanan u get call from +91 ? :P

By somwerNdmiddle• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 2/5
somwerNdmiddle

Qtel barring these could be impossible, the best thing is for all of us to be aware of these scams nowadays and just ignore it.

www.live365.com/stations/thevault85

By Khanan• 12 years 1 day ago.
Khanan

I had rec'd the same crank calls and I did what Mathboy did. Told them keep the money..or send it to me on this address..and no more queries/question entartained...

Also I ahd rec'd call from +244... ,+645..., and +2212.....

____________________________________________________

Have Courage To Live.

Anyone Can Die.

By painther• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 2/5
painther

Knowing the SIM card serial no. is no big deal, but it shows these guyz may be having access (or might have worked or have supplied SIMs) to Qtel. afterall, Q tel must be having records for which mobile number what numbered SIM is issued.

Many of us have got such calls (miss calls) from this gang and it seems to be an organized one. I'm sure they may even be reading us in QL.

For us best way is to not get lured and for Q tel to bar these numbers.

By somwerNdmiddle• 12 years 1 day ago.
somwerNdmiddle

tnx pajju.

www.live365.com/stations/thevault85

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

Rizks a million thanx , here is my address

Shakeela

xxx bakala

Gods own country :P

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

somewere tajikistan :)

By Rizks• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 3/5
Rizks

Pajju Congratulations !

You have won 6 Dozens of Embroided Lungis, 2 Dozenz of Underwear, 1 Dozen of Yellow Net Baniyans and 6 Packs of Beedi.

Kindly give your address and contact details so tat this items reach u in Safe and Secured condition

By somwerNdmiddle• 12 years 1 day ago.
somwerNdmiddle

how about +923? i've been having missed calls from a number with this country code.

here's a tip if these creeps keep calling divert your incoming calls to any fastfood chain delivery fon number hehehehe

www.live365.com/stations/thevault85

By mathboy• 12 years 1 day ago.
mathboy

I received a similar call from +92. Guy congratulated me for having won QAR.150,000/- from Q-Tel. I congratulated him and asked him to keep the money!

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

no MJ then he will get my number :P

By mjamille28• 12 years 1 day ago.
mjamille28

somwer, i have no idea.. last week alone, i got 2 missed calls from 2 different numbers: +96897621024 and +67572971533.. i didn't bother calling them back anyway..

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

+968 is Oman :)

By Rizks• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rizks

Jalebi can u list it out...?

just to confirm if my number is there or not.....LOL

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

oh came ?

By mjamille28• 12 years 1 day ago.
mjamille28

Rizks, my friends' numbers of course.. :P

By somwerNdmiddle• 12 years 1 day ago.
somwerNdmiddle

wat country is dat? +968?

www.live365.com/stations/thevault85

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

lol MJ nobody dunno from wher am i !!! so just call me :)

By Rizks• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rizks

Jalebi which numbers are familiar to you ? :)

By mjamille28• 12 years 1 day ago.
mjamille28

lol Pajju, so you live in a country with a code of +968? :P

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 4/5
Pajju

Rizks yes he called and we had date :P

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

MJ thats my number , plzz call me back :P

By anonymous• 12 years 1 day ago.
anonymous

which number did he ask you to read out? was it a 15 digit number starting with 427?

By Rizks• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 2/5
Rizks

The same person called me and i gave PAjju's number....:)

By mjamille28• 12 years 1 day ago.
mjamille28

been getting missed calls lately from strange number.. my rule is, i don't call back when the number is not familiar to me..

By drmana• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 2/5
drmana

Scam, scam, scam...it is everywhere. Daily emails, sms, call.......huh!

By smoke• 12 years 1 day ago.
smoke

Shouldnt be a problem for someone working within the company and having access to such records. Inside job :p

Good Fortune always comes knocking at your door...when you are sh*tting in the toilet!! :)

_[]~«ŠѪΘҜΞ»~[]_

 

By DaRuDe• 12 years 1 day ago.
Rating: 2/5
DaRuDe

i have heard about GSM hacking and checked alot of softwares too none worked.

but getting the sim card serial number this is really something new to me.

He really is one sun of a gun

By Pajju• 12 years 1 day ago.
Pajju

Dear bro many time discussed abt same matter , and almost Qlers got call from same number , so plzz dunt call back ..

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