Hajj Fraud

The City of London Police is leading a national campaign to raise awareness and encourage reporting of Hajj fraud.

Each year thousands of Muslims across the UK are falling victim to fraudsters, with only a very small percentage reporting it to Action Fraud, making it almost impossible for local police forces to catch those responsible.

Every year more than two million Muslims celebrate Hajj by making the pilgrimage to Mecca in what is the world’s biggest annual gathering of people. Within this mass of humanity are thousands of UK citizens, many of whom will have saved for years in the knowledge that, for them, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Unfortunately as Hajj approaches there will also be a significant number of Muslims who have paid for a tour package for themselves and their family only to discover their dreams have been shattered by fraudsters. Some will arrive in Saudi Arabia to discover the accommodation they booked does not exist while others will find that their whole trip is in fact a scam set up by illegitimate travel operators that have disappeared with thousands of pounds of their money.

In response to this on going threat to Muslims planning to make the trip to Mecca, the City of London Police, which is the UK policing lead for fraud, is running a national Hajj fraud prevention campaign.

Therefore, if you have been a victim of Hajj fraud, it is very important that you report the crime to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk

For more information on Hajj fraud, go to: www.cityoflondon.police.uk/CityPolice/hajjfraud

[Source: City of London Police 2013]