Fraudsters targeting Muslims sparks police warning
A new type of fraud has sparked a warning from Lincolnshire Police.
Officers in the county are joining a national police effort against Hajj fraud.
It’s when fraudsters con those celebrating the Muslim festival Hajj.
Thousands of people from the UK make the once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, as part of the festival.
Every adult Muslim must make the journey at least once, if they are physically and financially able.
But fraudsters can target those saving up to make the journey.
Lincolnshire Police say rogue travel operators take money from clients and disappear, or promise fake five-star package pilgrimages.
Detective sergeant Ian Jarman of Lincolnshire Police’s economic crime unit said:
"Fraudsters do not discriminate against age, gender or location, so it is important to be aware of things to look out for when booking your trip."
"If you are worried that you may have been the victim of a Hajj fraud it is important to not worry about feeling embarrassed and contact Action Fraud"
Fraud can be avoided by making sure the travel operator is accredited and ATOL protected, and getting all details in writing.
The Hajj pilgrimage begins on October 13, with over 25,000 British Muslims making the journey.