Police looking for Northern Va. man who they say scammed travelers out of thousands

Police say that Meraj Mohammad of Al Noor Travel on Backlick Road in Springfield is to blame.

DULLES, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Northern Virginia are looking for a man who they say scammed residents in the area out of thousands of dollars.

26 travelers paid cash for a pricey travel package, including round-trip tickets to Saudi Arabia, hotels and meals for a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims.

But when they arrived at Dulles International Airport, they were told that their reservations were never made.

“Unfortunately we have some bad apples in the community and this is really a despicable act taking advantage of innocent people,” Mazhar Chughtai, a nephew of one of the travelers who was scammed said.

Some travelers reported the crime to police and some called the Virginia Attorney General about the case.

Police say that Meraj Mohammad of Al Noor Travel on Backlick Road in Springfield is to blame.

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