Beware of bogus Haj and Umrah offers, say police

KUALA LUMPUR: Don’t fall for RM1, 500 and RM2, 000 haj and umrah packages, warn the police.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, the haj quota and travel restrictions on the international borders, the packages offered could be bogus.

He said the offers were absurd after permit, accommodation, transport and food costs were taken into consideration.

He added that haj could only be performed based on quota and procedure set by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

Therefore, Comm Mohd Kamarudin said the public should be cautious if they come across such highly suspicious offers.

“Cross-check with the relevant government agencies before making payment for the packages and check on the government travel restrictions to avoid being cheated, ” he said.

He also warned that those making such dubious packages can be investigated for cheating.

If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum of 10 years jail, caning or both.

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