North Wales Police issue Mecca pilgrimage warning

Published date: 11 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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NORTH WALES Police are warning those who may be making the pilgrimage to Mecca to beware of internet fraudsters.

Every year more than two million Muslims celebrate Hajj by making the pilgrimage to Mecca.

As plans for the pilgrimage are made, it is important to be aware of internet fraudsters who offer package deals which do not exist or are only part true, to defraud people of their money.

Detective Inspector Lee Boycott said: “This is an unscrupulous crime and I do not want people to lose their money around what should be a happy event.”

“I would ask people to check details and travel providers and ensure they are a member of ABTA. Also do not pay in cash or internet transfer to an individual bank account.”

“If you have been a victim of this type of fraud please do not suffer in silence or be embarrassed, we need to know about it. I would urge anyone who has information or has suffered such a crime to report the matter via Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at I hope those who make the pilgrimage enjoy a safe and memorable event.”

More information is available on the North Wales Police website and officers will be distributing leaflets on Hajj Fraud to local Mosques.

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