Up to 40,000 people may have fallen victim to ‘Hajj fraud’, losing thousands of pounds to buy trips to Mecca that turn out to be non-existent.
In the months leading up to the Muslim Pilgrimage of Hajj, organised crime groups are using the names of licensed travel companies to advertise fraudulent deals to Saudi Arabia.
In some instances, these ‘Hajj Tours’ are being sold at up to 50% of the normal price, but shortly before departure, the tour operators are said to close, leaving people with neither a holiday nor the money they paid for it.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is working with the Muslim community to prevent people being conned out of a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca.
Read more about Hajj fraud on the NFIB’s website.
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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.