British Muslims planning on making a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for Eid al-Adha this year have been warned to be wary of fraudsters.
Approximately 25,000 Muslims travel from Britain to the holy city of Mecca each year to complete the traditional Hajj pilgrimage, some of whom save up for months for the once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Now, a national campaign led by the City of London police is aiming to raise awareness of scams which have resulted in some people losing as much as £33,000.
Victims of the scams have been known to book travel packages via bogus tour operators only to find their accommodation in Saudi Arabia is either extremely poor or doesn’t exist. In other instances, illegal travel operators have taken money from people and disappeared with it.
Eid al-Adha 2016 begins on the evening of Saturday 10 September and ends on Sunday 11 September. Police have advised Muslims travelling to Mecca to ensure that their chosen travel agent is ATOL protected, their flight details, accommodation and visa are legitimate, and to avoid making payments in cash or by direct bank transfer.
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