FIA Starts Crackdown on Fraudulent Online Stores in Pakistan

For many people in Pakistan who want to give ecommerce stores a try but were always afraid of their trustworthiness and reliability, there’s been a welcome development.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has now taken account of consumer complaints regarding online stores that are operational in Pakistan.

One ecommerce website, Saqiscity, went out of business a few months ago. Many people who had their orders pending were unable to get their refunds, leading to an outpouring of anguish on social media and internet forums regarding the lack of safeguards against online fraud in Pakistan.

The FIA has finally woken up to the threat posed by Saqiscity and other similar ecommerce stores that may think of getting away with people’s money.

Saqiscity Becomes Target of FIA Crackdown Against Fraudulent E-Commerce Sites

For online buyers, this move reflects increased confidence in the ability of law enforcement authorities to tackle complaints related to fraud, identity theft and other similar cyber crimes.

Now anyone can contact FIA and lodge complaints if they’ve been treated shabbily by online stores. There may be no shying away, sitting down and bearing the loss for consumers. They can contact NR3C and register their complaint. For ecommerce sites, its more prudent to honor their commitments than ever before.

The following message was posted at the URL of Saqiscity:

This website is being used an online fraudulent shopping transaction from the innocent peoples, hence FIA Cyber Crime Circle Karachi arrested the owner and registered case FIR No 37/2015 of this alleged website.

All customers are advised to please contact on below details of the FIA Cyber Crime Circle Karachi

Email : [email protected]
Phone number. 021-99249650-2
Address: FIA, Cyber Crime Circle, Karachi situated at FIA Building, 1st Floor,
Near Dar-ul-Sehat Hospital, Johar Chorangi Karachi

saqcity

Contact NR3C (FIA) if you have been the victim of cyber crime (Ecommerce Fraud)

It is pertinent to mention that many ecommerce stores and social media businesses in Pakistan are thriving, thanks to their stellar services and customer support that remains engaged with the consumers 24/7.

The conduct of few black sheep in this sector can, however, betray the people’s trust in the still-nascent online shopping economy in Pakistan, dealing a body blow to the take off of ecommerce initiatives in the country.

Therefore, efforts by NR3C such as those against Saqiscity (better late than never) are laudable, presenting the opportunity for law enforcement agencies to keep tabs on online fraud and swindling by criminals. Protecting the consumers’ interest is crucial as is clamping down on digital crimes.

You can register your complaint against NR3C by just filling a form on their website. Here are more details on how to do it.

A Lesson for All Stakeholders

Ecommerce is billed as one of the central planks that can lead to economic growth in the country. Just take a look at how AliExpress has made life easier and convenient for Pakistani shoppers online. Now consider how revolutionary it would be if Amazon or Paypal were to come in Pakistan.

For online businesses to invest in Pakistan, our country needs to have a robust system of checks and balances in place, one where criminals are prosecuted and consumer rights are upholded.

Also, with Pakistan making efforts to curb the misuse of Intellectual Property, it is not a far stretch to say that the country isn’t conductive for foreign companies to set up shop. FIA’s recent steps are much welcome in this respect and we hope they keep the efforts steady in this regard.

Samir heads the sponsored content department at ProPakistani. He also looks after the Life section.


  • Lo! Some hackers have also posted their message below FIA’s message. :S

    • common Pakistani

      hahahaha:)

      Good Job FIA .. We had our eyes on this for a long time now .. and we were about to take some action ourselves ..

      Regards,

      Hackers

      • bob

        Please FIA take some action against Kaymu and Daraz.

  • Hassan ulHaq

    message by hackers!!!

  • Aon Bilal

    Good Step
    Bytes Pk Walon Ko Mene Samsung Galaxy S6 Ka Order Deny K Liay Phone Kia Or Model number Pucha To Unhon Ne Model number Nahi Bataya Ziyada Tar CDMA Model Send Karty Hain

    • Adil Malik

      CDMA model ??

      • Aon Bilal

        Network Lock Hota Ha US Cellular, Or, Sprint K Mobile Hoty Hain Jin Main GSM SIM Ya 4G Nahi Chalta

        • AbdulB1

          FYI nearly all of US telecom networks are using LTE. even verizon which had built all its network on cdma has shifted to LTE. Most people know it except u.

          • Arsalan Shah

            FYI, your information is WRONG. Sprint still does NOT provide LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz) that is used for LTE access in Pakistan.

            Check GSMArena.

            Versions: G920P (Sprint)
            LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 25(1900), 26(850), 41(2500) – G920P

            I can’t seem to find Band 3, and @aonbilal:disqus clearly mentions “Sprint”

            It seems you’ve made a fool of yourself by pretending to be oversmart. LOL! Only your information is factually incorrect, and most people know the facts, except you.

            Apart from S6, most American older phones are without LTE, which does mostly mention 4G and they show 4G signals when they’re running on HSDPA+…

            • Economic Corridor

              Verizon and US Cellular Global handsets support LTE Band 3 (1800). Also AT&T.

            • AbdulB1

              I dont understand how can I be wrong if I said they support LTE and you yourself wrote they support LTE. The unavailability of band wasn’t even mention in my original post. READ IT AGAIN!

              • Arsalan Shah

                What’s to understand? It was said, US Celllulars pe 4G nahin chalta. Ab lazmi baat hai, that person is talking about Pakistan, chaand ki baat to nahin karr raha hai naa. It doesn’t matters if LTE dunya main kaheen bhi chalay, ya koi faraq nahin parta even if it has LTE, the point made was ”LTE nahin chalta, PAKISTAN main. Chaand ki baat nahin ho rahi thi”

                • AbdulB1

                  LTE is 4g. kabi kisi phone ka review Parha ho woh kabhi yeh Nahee Kahta no 4g they say lack of compatible bands in specific market.

                  • Arsalan Shah

                    Lol. It seems aap kabhi US nahin guay na US ko jaante hain. 4G=3G+ (HSDPA+) in the US. I understand 4G pretty well. I have been working for a few months with Huawei as an Engineer in the development field, and understand way more than you’ve ever known in your life.

                    • AbdulB1

                      I have been reading android blogs since 2011. I got knowledge from real gurus who have decades of experience in electronics I don’t need to get Information from you on that matter. Secondly AT&T never used 4g for hspa after 2011. And there are very few chances Anyone will want to buy those old devices. AT&T example is not new in Pakistan , WiMAX too was promoted by operators as 4g before the advent of LTE.

                    • Arsalan Shah

                      Lol. Read what I wrote, and read what you are writing. XD. I don’t know if your gurus are like yourself, but AT&T iphones and all devices used to mention and still mention 3G+ HSDPA+ as 4G on all Samsung, LG, HTC phones. I had an AT&T HTC M8, Samsung S5. They all mentioned 4G for 3G+. Just google at&t 4g hspa+ and you’re gonna shov dirt on your face for such misleading posts. LOL. theverge (dot) c()m /2011/05/04/att-t-mobile-dipping-hspa-4g-branding

                    • AbdulB1

                      they left 4g branding on hspa ages ago in 2012 you fool! who buys that much old phone? no one no one buys that era phone!!

                • AbdulB1

                  Read the news about 800 MHz band auction.

                  • Arsalan Shah

                    Already have!

            • AbdulB1

              I dont understand how can I be wrong if I said they support LTE and you yourself wrote they support LTE. The unavailability of band wasn’t even mention in my original post. READ IT AGAIN!

    • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

      S6 ka to CDMA aur GSM k liye same model hia. Matlab k un k har model pe CDMA aur GSM dono chaltey hian.

      • AbdulB1

        no not same. but many cdma models also support LTE. you just need to check specific model.

      • Aon Bilal

        Jis Tarha Charji Or Warid, Zong, 4G Vingle or Cloud Par Network Lock Hota Ha Isy Tarha American CDMA Model Main 4G Lock Hota Qk Wo SIM K Sath Mobile Free Milty Hain Apko 2 Year Or 1 Year K Agreement Par Milty Hain
        Agr Ab Bhi Tasali Na Hoi Ho To Olx Or Froad Company Se Mangwa Kar Daikh Lain
        GSM Arena Ye Batata Ha K Iski Specifications Ye Ha Ye Nahi Batata K US Cellular, Or, Sprint K Agreement Waly Mobile Phone Par Network Lock Hota Ha,

    • Abdul Basith

      bytes is a scam

      • AbdulB1

        I will agree with u as they dont put photos of products but say it is used but in good condition.

  • Asad

    old news

  • Zeeshan

    the people like us who are doing a legitimate online business, has always been over shadowed by these thug sites. I hope these steps will enhance the confidence of customer and we will see a growth in the online business in pakistan. So bravo

    • HarrySidd

      exactly .. what is your online address ?

      • Zeeshan

        Sir, its Letsbuyit.pk … we have incorporated with SECP . the company Name Lets buy it (PVT.) Ltd. the only Idea is to provide original Products thats it.

        • HarrySidd

          thumbs up bro (Y)

  • Bilal Iqbal

    Hackers also stepped forward.. ha ha ha

  • Umer

    Great work FIA zindabad

  • iftikhar152

    I am one of the victims of saqiscity.com. In Feb 2015 I ordered a LED but after 2 months , I received nothing. I contacted them many times and got mobile number of a person working their, he helped me and send me the LED. But still it was faulty and a line appeared on screen after using only few days. After that I never thought of buying online.

  • Usama

    I also hate daraz their cash on delivery is fraud they won’t let you open the parcel to see what is inside unless you give them money and there 7 day return is also very painful and time wastage.

  • daraz is legit

  • BADAR

    Action for?

  • Jabbar

    You do realize this all happened and ended in 2015? So its not a few months ago.

  • Raza

    kamyu is fraud with cheap stunts, plz viral this message so that people can save their money