Potential jewellery importing scam in Arambol, Goa

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#1 Oct 27th, 2013, 14:59
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Just want to warn people travelling in the Arambol area of Goa of a potential scam I encountered there only this week. It is a variation of the importing-jewellery scam widely reported in India and, while I didn't get involved enough to know all the ins and outs, I'm sure it ends in scamming tourists out of their money.

I am in my late twenties, from Europe, travelling with my boyfriend. On the beach in Arambol we were approached by a friendly Indian guy of about our age. He seemed very innocent and affable, we went for chai, another friend of his appeared and we all talked for a few hours and got on very well. They said they were on a week's holiday from Mumbai. They invited us to their holiday house for dinner the next day. Looking back we should have been much more cautious but it seemed completely innocent.

On arriving at their house we were immediately introduced and left talking to their older 'cousin', who told us about travelling the world with a jewellery business. His 'boss' then mysteriously appeared, and we were also left talking to him alone while he regaled us with tales of selling jewellery and making lots of money. It became apparent they wanted us to help them import jewellery to other countries. We said we'd think about it. We met some of them the following day and when they understood we weren't interested in getting involved they were happy to cease contact.

The next day we both went for a walk on the beach, separately. In the same place near the lifeguard hut where we were initially approached, both of us were approached by a guy who we'd seen at the house the previous night. When confronted about what he was doing he first denied any knowledge but then agreed he had seen us at his house the night before. We also saw him there another evening trying to approach tourists.

Looking back there were many strange things about their interactions with us. The guys we met initially were quite charming and and there was no mention of what was to come. However, people appeared and left the group at opportune times, they received lots of phone calls while talking to us, asked us the same questions every time we met (probably as they were talking to other tourists in between) and generally their stories didn't quite add up or seemed to change. So please be careful if you come across anything like this and let me know if you want any more info.
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can this thread also be added to the Goa forum?
And thanks for the warning.
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Thanks for the warning, Doir.

Mod note: I have moved this thread to the Goa forum as it is more likely to be seen by visitors to Goa there.
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Yeah, first I'm hearing of it in Goa... I think. Jaipur must be getting too hot for them.

Are you still in Goa? Any chance of some photos? Because they definitely smell rotten.
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Originally Posted by Matka View Post Yeah, first I'm hearing of it in Goa... I think. Jaipur must be getting too hot for them.

Are you still in Goa? Any chance of some photos? Because they definitely smell rotten.
It happened to me last year in Palolem (which I duly reported here on IM) so certainly not the first in Goa, I imagine it's been going on for years.

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Something similar happened to me last year in arambol,thought i was just being paranoid since it was my first time in india.some young indian guy approached me from a jewellery shop across from the bookshop,asked me some questions where i came from etc,and did i want to go for some chai the next day i agreed we met at the jewellery store next day and theres 2 of them and they basically asked me did i want to smuggle jewellery i just politely refused and left.they also said they were from mumbai.
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i've copied this link onto a couple of Arambol Facebook pages to make more people aware.
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Hi, I don't have any photos but I can give names. The 2 guys we originally met were called Tao and Rahul/Rahul Jeka (not sure of spelling) and said they were 22 and 26. The guy consistently trying to approach people near the lifeguard station around sunset, I don't know his name but he's quite tall and thin, always wore a bandanna, sometimes carried a guitar and introduced himself as a musician. The 'business men' called themselves Kumar (big guy, said he was 29 but seemed older) and Biki, small, in his 40s.
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Originally Posted by Doir View Post Hi, I don't have any photos but I can give names. The 2 guys we originally met were called Tao and Rahul/Rahul Jeka (not sure of spelling) and said they were 22 and 26. The guy consistently trying to approach people near the lifeguard station around sunset, I don't know his name but he's quite tall and thin, always wore a bandanna, sometimes carried a guitar and introduced himself as a musician. The 'business men' called themselves Kumar (big guy, said he was 29 but seemed older) and Biki, small, in his 40s.
Rahul Jayakar?? Okay, that proves it! Fake name if there ever was one!

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Hi Dori.

Thanks for the warning & Update...

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Shanki.
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Now a day’s scams have seen increased rapidly everywhere. Scam artists sometimes falsely represent themselves as they are genuine, but they are not. Thank god you guys escaped safely. Everyone has to take care not to fall victim to these scams not only just at tourist place but across everywhere.

Thanks for the warning, Doir.
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Originally Posted by tangotaurian View Post Scam artists sometimes falsely represent themselves as they are genuine, but they are not.
This is very inconsiderate of them. They really should make it clear that they are criminals and out to deceive and cheat people from the outset.

It has also been suggested that they use false names, again unfair, and it will be better if they give notarised copies of passport and birth certificate to all potential victims.
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post This is very inconsiderate of them. They really should make it clear that they are criminals and out to deceive and cheat people from the outset.

It has also been suggested that they use false names, again unfair, and it will be better if they give notarised copies of passport and birth certificate to all potential victims.
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I know it is common sense but I think if you realise that India is just like any other country you are less likely to get conned.

Nobody is out to do you a favour, if they are making you (a stranger) an offer
then you can be sure there must be something wrong somewhere. If somebody offered you a similar offer in your home town would you take it, without checking it out properly.

This post is intended for all the "I've lost all my money in a scam" threads.
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This moning i met two really kind indian guys at the beach. They where really modern, open minded and kind. At some point one told an heart breaking story bout his fiance who died. Many good conversations. If they want to become our friend. Then he saw a gem we carried end he wanted to see it and he said he knows much about gems. After a few hours they left, we changed numbers to meet later today. At a party some place else. I am really happy the owner of our beachhuts warned us. He knew the guy, a few days before the same guy tried to involve another tourist in a scam. He calls himself Yuvi Tao. The other guy is called Jay, but the owner of the beachhutshere didnt recornize him. They told they ccelebrae holiday here, they are from mumbai. I have a picture from them but dont know how to add.

Unfortunally we gave our phonenumbers, so I hope we dont get problems because of that. We gonna try to avoid them when they call. But they know wherewe stay. Does someone know if they can be violent?
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