Aviation

Qatar Airways entangled in online recruitment scam

Adding to Qatar Airways’ horrendous news week, the airline has become embroiled in an online recruitment scam.

A post on its Facebook page earlier this week warned that potential employees were being targetted by “unauthorised employment agencies and unknown domains” pretending to be Qatar Airways or a subsidiary asking for personal information and in some cases payments in exchange for job offers.

“All emails relating to employment opportunities will only be sent from a verified Qatar Airways email address (@qatarairways.com.qa or @.<>.qatarairways.com, and all job postings are only available on the Qatar Airlines official website and official social media channels,” the airline said.

“Qatar does not request payment from candidates during the recruitment process.”

Qatar Airways advised that those who suspect they are being scammed should advise the airline immediately at reportfraud@qatarairways.com.qa.

The national carrier of Qatar has received widespread criticism this week after women on 10 different aircraft, including 18 Australian women, were subject to invasive medical examinations after a newborn baby was found abandoned in a terminal at Hamad International Airport.

ABC News has reported that video footage of the baby, who was found in a bin, being rescued by what looks like airport workers or paramedics has been aired by a news outlet in Doha.

The outlet also reported the mother is yet to be identified and the baby is being cared for by social workers in Qatar.

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office told ABC News it has confirmed two British women were also taken off planes in Qatar alongside the Australian and French women.

Qatar Airways’ scam warning came just a week after Malindo Air warned its customers about an online scam impersonating the airline to sell phony tickets.

According to the Malaysian carrier, the fake website flymalindoairways.com has been selling Malindo Air tickets via a “dubious payment gateway” that is not registered with the airline system and the tickets themselves are not captured on the airline’s database.


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