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Overseas Pakistanis scammed by fake NADRA website

Charged $65 to deliver documents at home

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Overseas Pakistanis scammed by fake NADRA website

Overseas Pakistanis have been scammed for over two years and robbed of their money and personal data by website www.nadraoline.com, which claimed to process and deliver citizen documents like CNIC, POC (Modification of CNIC) and FRCs (Family Registration Certificate).

According to a National Telecom and Information Technology Security Board (NTISB) notification, the fake portal lured overseas Pakistanis to fill user-friendly NADRA forms.

The website also charges a fee of $65 to apparently deliver documents at home.

It doesn’t operate in Pakistan therefore the NTISB believes the criminals running the website targeted only overseas Pakistanis.

Complaints have been received from many overseas Pakistanis that they haven’t received their documents despite filling the forms and submitting the required fee.

The website has a valid digital certificate and its fake forms are very similar to NADRA’s original forms.

The portal has been inaccessible in Pakistan, which shows that the people behind this scam targeted overseas Pakistanis. By not appearing in Pakistan, they have also avoided being blacklisted.

After the identification of the portal by NTISB, a source in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority confirmed that the website has been taken down.

The NTISB has a list of advice for internet users to avoid being scammed.

  • The presence of https, which comes before a website name, doesn’t mean a website is official or authentic. 
  • All Pakistan government and official websites are followed by gov.pk or in the case of provincial websites, they use first letter of province name like gos.pk or gop.pk for official websites of Sindh and Punjab respectively.
  • Always double check the domain and website information before online payments as most of the time money payment through services like Western Union, Money Pak and Money Gram etc are nearly impossible to recover in case of fraud.
  • Don’t submit private information on unofficial or insecure websites for registration of accounts as that can be used for online harassment, blackmailing, hacking or identity theft.
  • Keep credit and debit card information including banking account passwords private.
  • It is mandatory to utilize 2-factor authentication on all social media, email and bank accounts to safeguard against malware and social engineering attacks.
  • Never forward OTP (one time password) received on phones or emails to anyone.

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2 Comments

  1. Muhammad Waqas Butt  December 8, 2020 1:52 am/ Reply

    As fo today, December 7,2020 Nadraonline.com. still in operation and continue scamming people. Registered in Uk but people behind are in Pakistan somewhere.

    • Asma Sayed, MD.,MS  December 18, 2020 9:48 pm/ Reply

      As of today, Dec 18th,2020, this fake website is still in operation. I applied on Oct 23 for two NICOPs; myself and my husband. Submitted all data from A to Z. Paid $85+$85 for the two applications. My flight to Pakistan was on Nov 18th. By that time, I never got my Nicops. I travelled anyway. There, in Pakistan, I was shocked that I was scammed by this fake website. I applied again in Pakistan and Paid again 25000 rupees for the two cards.
      The website link has a security lock and all the steps of the application process are exactly the same. It is the duty of Original Nadra to take some necessary actions for the prevention of future Scams of hard-working overseas Pakistanis. More than 90 lacks overseas Pakistanis send millions of revenue to their homeland and in return, all they get is pain and frustration/their properties are stolen etc. At the end of the day, the history concludes that the Muslims are destroyed the most by the other Muslims instead of non-Muslims. is this a penalty for the love of my HOMELAND? Dr. Asma Sayed

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