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Warning for Hajj pilgrims

Muslim residents are being urged to book their Hajj pilgrimages with a trustworthy travel agent after reports of cowboy traders operating in the Midlands.

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Advice for people thinking of booking a Hajj trip

A series of tips have been drawn up to help anyone considering booking a Hajj trip avoid falling victim to fraud.

Drawn up by police alongside the Council of British Hajjis, the tips include:

  • Research – never book without carrying out some basic checks on your travel company
  • Make sure your travel company is ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) protected by the Civil Aviation Authority
  • Get everything in writing
  • Do not pay by cash or direct bank transfer into an individual’s account

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