Cleveland Police back warning to British Muslims heading to Mecca

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Cleveland Police are backing a national campaign which warns pilgrims to be careful when booking trips.

British Muslims who are travelling to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, to celebrate Hajj are being warned about fraudsters.

Fake agents claimed to be organising trips to the Islamic capital, but instead disappeared with the money.

The campaign will speak to local Muslim community leaders and hand out leaflets, in seven different languages, with advice on.

It is being supported by the Council of British Hajjs, and is necessary after over 200 people fell victims to scams.

However the police believe that the number is much higher, with many being to embarrassed to report it.

Over 25,000 British Muslims travel to Mecca yearly.