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Hajj 2014: Trading Standards Officer visits Redbridge to warn of perils of package fraud

PUBLISHED: 11:08 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:58 24 September 2014

Thousands throng around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

Thousands throng around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

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A trading standards expert has been sent to the borough to work with the borough’s team to warn Muslims of the dangers of Hajj fraud.

Mohammed Tariq, a senior officer from Birmingham Trading Standards, is involved in all the ongoing investigations into Hajj fraud in this country.

Thousands of UK citizens will make the pilgrimage to Mecca this October - many will spend much of their lifetime savings making the trip. British Muslims spend as much as £125 million on pilgrimages annually.

Speaking at Ilford Islamic Centre Mosque, in Albert Road, Ilford, Mr Tariq said: “At first we were just tackling fraud in Birmingham but now we go to all the local authorities.

“We have all the experience and expertise because we have been doing it for years.”

He also added: “This is the first time in Redbridge but we will be down here for a couple of days, visiting traders’ premises.”

Birmingham Trading Standards team is working alongside Redbridge’s own team to help stop fraud.

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


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