Qatar Airways has joined the Ministry of Interior (MOI) in leading a national consumer awareness campaign aimed at developing enhanced security and protection strategies designed to combat cyber fraud.

The national flag carrier of the State of Qatar has partnered with the MOI to raise awareness on ways to combat the growing threat to consumers and businesses. The national campaign will provide consumers with information, strategies and resources to raise awareness against schemes devised by fraudsters. It will include a reporting mechanism that can possibly lead to the apprehension of cyber criminals.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said that this major community service initiative aims to raise awareness on how people can remain ‘cyber-safe’.

As an airline, security is one of our highest priorities, and this includes cyber security. By working with local government, international law enforcement agencies and financial services providers, we help prevent fraud before it occurs, thereby protecting consumers and hard-earned resources.’

The Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of MOI and former Head of the Economic Crimes Prevention Section, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Hassan Al Kubaisi, said they are using every effort to protect users of e-services from cybercrimes.

With upgraded electronic systems in different organisations and institutions, thanks to the country’s sophisticated IT infrastructure, fraudsters have turned their attention to users, attempting to penetrate their accounts and information, including financial information, credit card and personal information.

This has led us to direct more attention to internet frauds, and has encouraged us to find new ways to fight this phenomena and inform users of the dangers ahead.

Al Kubaisi applauded the partnership and praised the cooperation between MOI and the Qatar Airways Group.

We deeply thank Qatar Airways Group for its outstanding business model in this regard. We urge all internet users to double-check the official website address accurately, as well as the official application of the airline when booking tickets. We also urge users to check terms and conditions of service.

For example when using a credit card to book a ticket online, the  same credit card may be asked for at some airports, so not having the card at the time of check-in may result in delays. Airlines are always keen to check on the validity of information, with the aim of fighting frauds and protecting passengers.’

Engineer Mudawi Saeed Al Qahtani, Head of the Economic and Electronic Crimes Section at the Criminal Investigation Department, said the efforts of Qatar Airways Group in raising awareness on frauds has paid off. He congratulated Qatar Airways on the success of the ‘Global Airport Action Day’ at Hamad International Airport earlier this year.

Global Airport Action Day was aimed at protecting travellers from all types of frauds, equipping employees with the latest updates about how to protect themselves from cybercrimes, and upgrade the security precautions implemented by law enforcers in detecting fraudsters and scammers.

Engineer Al Qahtani said that many travellers may become victims of cybercrimes by visiting random websites to book tickets, but some of these websites are actually fraudulent and only want to steal credit card information.

Hundreds of global organisations participated in the awareness campaign, alongside a host of international airports, airlines, credit card providers and law enforcers, under the supervision of INTERPOL and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol).’

Qatar regularly shares its resources to develop global best practice in crime-prevention. In conjunction with INTERPOL, Qatar funds ‘Project Stadia’. Established in 2012, Project Stadia was created as a centre of excellence and good-practice platform to help INTERPOL member countries plan and undertake security and cyber security preparations for major sporting events.

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