How to spot scam websites & social media accounts in Qatar

How to spot scam websites & social media accounts in Qatar

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

The occurrence of online scams are increasing day by day due to the influence of the internet in our daily life. On the internet there are fraudsters making all kinds of claims to trap victims online - from fake investment opportunities to online stores - and the internet allows them to operate from any part of the world with anonymity. The ability to spot online scams is an important skill to have as the virtual world is increasingly becoming an important part of our life. Listed below are top ways to recognize a scam on the internet: 

Shipping Services Scam

A new scheme has entered the market where scammers use the name of authentic websites (for example, QatarLiving) to create a scam website offering shipping services. First, scammers locate your advertisment on the legitimate website and then create a fake reciept and shipping policy page shared via WhatsApp images. Beware that all of it is fake as QatarLiving DOES NOT provide shipping services.

‘’Too good to be true’’ deals

If an online deal looks too good to be true, think twice and double-check things. The easiest way to do this is to simply check out the same product at competing websites (that you trust) or the market rate in your country. If the difference in prices is huge, it might be better to give them a call or check their customer service or buy the product offline (if available in your country). For example in the picture below, furniture shoppers are aware that the price of everything in the below image is not true.

Online Shopping Scam Websites

This is one of the most common scams that occur. Online shopping scam websites use a fake or low-quality online store usually under the name of a prominent business/company that offers similar service but scam-free!

Scammers create an illusion of trustworthiness through emails, customer service, replying back to your messages and taking your calls. After gaining your trust, they tend to ask your credit/debit card details to scam you in real time and for future unpermitted use. When you complete the payment process, and you never receive the product you bought and ask for a refund (which you won’t get), you will receive another email which will probably be the last email from scammers. For example, the email itself and all the links in the email are malicious. 

Locate the ''contact us'' page & social media presence

If you don’t see multiple contact options (phone, email, live chat, or physical address) on the company website, then proceed with caution. Also, most legitimate companies have some social media presence and activity. If you see the social media icons on their website, click on each to check their social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. 

Double check the domain name

Scam websites tend to have domain names that are similar to a legit site in the area, to trick the user into thinking they are on that legit site. The name will have subtle changes that you may not even notice. Always double check the address bar to see if you have been redirected to the right website. 

Beware of fake social media accounts

Scammers do not stop at websites, they even try to reach you via popular social media networks like Facebook and Instagram. Scammers create fake social media accounts of legitimate organizations and run their schemes using following scam techniques (which you should never agree to):

Send something that is “too good to be true”

Ask you to click on suspicious links

Pretend to be announcers of free giveaways 

Ask you to share your credit/debit card or bank details. 

Note: Qatarliving will never ask you to share your bank details or to register your information in a suspicious link, in case you have won a giveaway. 

Mobile text messages

Scammers send fake text messages pretending to be legitimate organizations to trick you into giving them your personal information. Never click on the links attached, call or reply to the numbers mentioned in any of these messages.

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By Juliana94• 15 Apr 2024 13:14
Juliana94

From Qatar living group scam ,beware

‪+380 95 573 8543‬

‪+380 66 239 3671‬

‪+380 68 800 5786‬

By Juliana94• 15 Apr 2024 13:14
Juliana94

From Qatar living group scam ,beware

‪+380 95 573 8543‬

‪+380 66 239 3671‬

‪+380 68 800 5786‬

By Juliana94• 15 Apr 2024 13:14
Juliana94

From Qatar living group scam ,beware

‪+380 95 573 8543‬

‪+380 66 239 3671‬

‪+380 68 800 5786‬

By Juliana94• 15 Apr 2024 13:14
Juliana94

From Qatar living group scam ,beware

‪+380 95 573 8543‬

‪+380 66 239 3671‬

‪+380 68 800 5786‬

By Maryline Laurent• 13 Mar 2024 22:34
Maryline Laurent

Hello,

Just had similar issue with +372 5598 1495 who sent me a (fake) link from Aramex to get my credit card info.

By voondu Shop• 4 Dec 2023 16:17
voondu Shop

Thank you for this information.

By Donia Amer• 6 Jul 2023 13:14
Donia Amer

Great!

By GovS89• 3 Jul 2023 11:30
GovS89

Scam!!! Please be aware of the strategy.

Scamming email: nathycharles10@gmail.com

Scammer name: Nathaniel Charles.

Person contacted me via email about my item for sale on QL. All communication done via email.

We agreed on price. He wanted to transfer money via PayPal as he “has issues with bank account”. Red flag 1.

He did not have access to a phone to call me. Red flag 2.

He is sending a shipping agent to collect the item, but only needed my address to calculate fees. Did not request product size. Red flag 3.

And the confirmation that it is a scammer, was that my last email to the address bounced, as it the address no longer existed!!

BE AWARE.

This one almost had me.

By skedo54• 18 May 2023 10:35
skedo54

https://www.qatarliving.com/classifieds/electronics/computers-software-accessories/desktops-laptops/immaculate-condition-2021-macbook-pro-14/1398100

please remove the scan

By Lennon• 13 May 2023 16:55
Lennon

ok

By Richard Heald• 13 Apr 2023 15:08
Richard Heald

Beware both these numbers : they have both tried scamming me in the past month with all the same tricks as explained above :

+7 982 133-61-22 - with profile pic of insanely pretty young woman - trying to get me use QatarPost courier services

+370 666 89131 - name "Juana" from Lithuania, also with profile pic of insanely pretty young woman - also trying to get me use QatarPost courier services

By naseef_01• 7 Mar 2023 11:02
naseef_01

SCAM +96879716331 this number is for scam. She send location of Shamal border. She will do everything, send a link where I can get my money from Qatar post and this carrier from Qatar post will call me for take the package......SCAM

Profile picture of a mother and child

By TaxiTaurus• 4 Mar 2023 22:12
TaxiTaurus

Scam +96879716331

Becareful with this number is scammer never reply nor chat.

By Fawazmb101• 21 Feb 2023 18:34
Fawazmb101

@ abuhx56 - from which country code ?

By emad793• 20 Feb 2023 14:52
emad793

ok

By raz12ka4• 6 Feb 2023 07:03
raz12ka4

Ok

By eavilad3rd• 4 Feb 2023 17:54
eavilad3rd

just now i receive new scam, they're using www-aramex.com, when you click receive money you will divert to new link "pishing site" that need to enter your "card number, bday, cvv " beware this kind of scheme.

By Enamor• 4 Feb 2023 17:37
Enamor

Majorly they come in groups. Create many groups or pages in one go. Spread like net in the ocean, grab poor fishes and elope. LV bags promotion on FB going on now a days. Apple products are their main bait.

By hyamummy• 27 Jan 2023 14:16
hyamummy

Unfortunately just fell for this scam - BEWARE +96879716331

By together_2bird• 25 Jan 2023 14:45
together_2bird

ok

By Abusulaiman• 24 Jan 2023 14:02
Abusulaiman

+976 99927929 Same message... Beware

By aftab.1• 23 Jan 2023 01:48
aftab.1

❤️

By ayeshahnawaz• 21 Jan 2023 20:56
ayeshahnawaz

@dr-moataz younis exactly from the same no I got contacted with the same message.

By dr-moataz younis• 21 Jan 2023 19:17
dr-moataz younis

+96879716331 this phone is for scam. She said she came to Qatar new so not change her mobile phone number yet. Said (she will do everything, send a link where I can get my money from Qatar post and this carrier from Qatar post will call me for take the package....

It's scam be aware of this

By abujassim105• 15 Jan 2023 19:11
abujassim105

Nice

By Aadelahmad• 10 Jan 2023 07:00
Aadelahmad

nice

By agsmart• 2 Jan 2023 22:27
agsmart

Ok

By mohd_mir• 28 Dec 2022 21:38
mohd_mir

nice

By abuhx56• 26 Dec 2022 17:48
abuhx56

QL Shipping services scam...

Mobile # 3357 1646

"I make an order, I pay for it. I send you a link where you get the money on your bank card; then the courier contact you to pick up the package."

"I will do everything myself, you just need to get the money and give the package to the courier"

Too good to be true!?!

The request was denied );

By 27135622777• 21 Dec 2022 10:41
27135622777

Nice

By Rejith P N• 2 Nov 2022 08:11
Rejith P N

Negotiable

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