Qatar US Scholarship Fraud; Embassy issues warning for citizens

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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US Embassy, Doha Qatar | Image Courtesy: National Museum of American Diplomacy

The US Embassy in Doha has warned against fraud and scams who approach individuals in Qatar with lucrative offers for US educational scholarships requesting upfront payments for prioritization.  

In its statement on Twitter, the embassy said that it has been made aware of a recurring fraud scheme of scammers, claiming to be working with US embassies and Qatari embassies worldwide, asking payment for US educational opportunities or legal assistance with problems related to one’s previous educational programs in the US.

The Embassy asserted that no U.S. government entity, including the US Embassy in Qatar, will ever request payment for educational or legal services. The Embassy also said that EducationUSA Doha at doha@educationusa(dot)org provides free US higher education guidance to all residents of Qatar.

The Embassy requested citizens and residents to be alert against these scams.

The embassy’s statement said, “If you have received calls or emails requesting for payment and stating that you are under an FBI investigation or other authority, the Embassy urges you to inform the Ministry of Interior or call the Cybercrime Combating Centre hotline: 6681 5757 or email cccc@moi(dot)gov(dot)qa and notify the embassy at DohaSecurity(at)State(dot)gov.”