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Social media scams: The Rise of fake Hajj travel deals

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Citizens in Saudi Arabia were warned on Saturday by the General Directorate of Public Security to disregard fraudulent advertisements on social media.

The Hajj pilgrimage for 2024 is expected to commence on the evening of Friday, June 14th and conclude on the evening of Wednesday, June 19th © Mena Today 

Citizens in Saudi Arabia were warned on Saturday by the General Directorate of Public Security to disregard fraudulent advertisements on social media.

The authorities highlighted adverts that falsely claim to facilitate various aspects of Hajj, including performing Hajj on behalf of others, securing and distributing Adahi (sacrifices), selling Hajj bracelets, and providing transportation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The directorate emphasized that severe penalties would be imposed on individuals apprehended for engaging in such activities.

It also said that the Project for Utilization of Hady and Adahi is the only official platform authorized to sell and promote Adahi bonds.

Public Security also urged citizens and residents to strictly adhere to Hajj regulations and guidelines.

It said any violations should be promptly reported by calling 911 in Makkah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Region, or 999 in the rest of the regions of the Kingdom.

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