The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has introduced an SMS service for preventing fraudulent activities related to Hajj.
The short message service 8331 has been launched for saving the private Hajj pilgrims from the fraud Hajj Group Organizing Companies (HGOs).
As per official sources an intending pilgrim, who wishes to perform Hajj via private Haj Group Organizers (HGO) should send the first four digits of that HGO’s enrolment number from his mobile phone to the number 8331 for checking its authenticity.
The intending pilgrim would then immediately receive a reply, having details regarding the enrollment status of that HGO, the allotted quota to that group, the name of its Chief Executive and the company’s address.
The quota status of any private Hajj Group Organizers could be confirmed from the relevant department of the ministry by contacting them on the following numbers:
042 111 725 425;111
It was further informed that the ministry would not be responsible for any fraud with the intending pilgrim, who signs an agreement with any HGO or any travel agent without checking up on the authenticity of that HGO.
The intending pilgrims must only ink their Hajj pilgrimage deal once they are sure of the authenticity of the HGO and about their quota status.
The ministry has made it a must for all the Hajj Group Organizers to deposit 5percnet of each private Hajj package to the ministry as a performance guarantee.