Unfortunately, every year a number of Muslims fall victim to Hajj fraud. This can occur in a number of ways, for example paying for a Hajj package by bank transfer and hearing no more about it, or even getting to Makkah or Medina and finding that the hotel has not been booked or paid for. However, there are some key ways of protecting yourself from this upsetting crime, and it is recommended that you:
- Only book with legitimate tour companies, preferably a company recommended by someone you know.
reviews of the company to see what other people have said, and make sure there
are a good number of reviews.
that the travel agent/tour operator is accredited by the Saudi Embassy.
that the travel company is a member of ABTA, as that will ensure they have a
code of conduct to follow. You can check this on the ABTA website.
sure the company is ATOL protected. That way, even if the travel company closes
while you away for whatever reason, you will be protected. You can check this
on the ABTA website; by telephoning them on 0207 453 6700, or by contacting the
Ministry of Hajj.
everything in writing: receipts for payment; airline bookings and tickets;
hotel confirmation. Keep a record of everything from start to finish.
- Do not pay with cash, and do not transfer
money into an individual’s bank account- a legitimate company will be able to
accept a debit card.
If you are a victim of Hajj fraud, do not feel embarrassed- it is the scammer that should feel ashamed. Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk