Gang fooling Hindi speaking people in Chennai

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This incident happened in Chennai (Tamil Nadu).

Almost two months back, while returning home from work, I was approached by a group of about 5-6 people (2 adult men, 2 women with small kids)on the road side. They asked me if I knew Hindi/Marathi, to which I replied 'yes'. Then they went on to tell about how they had come to South India on a trip and they lost all their money while coming back from Rameshwaram. Then they asked me for money, to which I said 'no' and walked away.

Even while I was walking away, I was slowly realizing that I should have given them some money, may be 30-40 bucks, after all they had kids with them. But too late, they couldn't be seen anymore. I was filled with guilt all day long.

Now, just yesterday, some 2 km from my home, again on the road side, 4-5 people(1 man, 2 women with small kids)approached me with the same query about my language skills and went on to tell the same story (they didn't even change the place; Rameshwaram). These people were different from the ones I had met earlier. I was taken aback; I told them that I have already heard that story and they need not fool me. The man had a look of disbelief on his face but I walked away.

I was in a state of shock throughout the evening, couldn't believe that something like this was operational on a grand level. I am sad now, because i will have difficulty trusting people anymore and may be a truly needy person is ignored due to it. Truly sad!

Thought I should warn people.
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Originally Posted by Saumya187 View Post This incident happened in Chennai (Tamil Nadu).

Almost two months back, while returning home from work, I was approached by a group of about 5-6 people (2 adult men, 2 women with small kids)on the road side. They asked me if I knew Hindi/Marathi, to which I replied 'yes'. Then they went on to tell about how they had come to South India on a trip and they lost all their money while coming back from Rameshwaram. Then they asked me for money, to which I said 'no' and walked away.

Even while I was walking away, I was slowly realizing that I should have given them some money, may be 30-40 bucks, after all they had kids with them. But too late, they couldn't be seen anymore. I was filled with guilt all day long.

Now, just yesterday, some 2 km from my home, again on the road side, 4-5 people(1 man, 2 women with small kids)approached me with the same query about my language skills and went on to tell the same story (they didn't even change the place; Rameshwaram). These people were different from the ones I had met earlier. I was taken aback; I told them that I have already heard that story and they need not fool me. The man had a look of disbelief on his face but I walked away.

I was in a state of shock throughout the evening, couldn't believe that something like this was operational on a grand level. I am sad now, because i will have difficulty trusting people anymore and may be a truly needy person is ignored due to it. Truly sad!

Thought I should warn people.
I have also come across such people in bangalore they will narrate same story. they speak marathi and hindi they are mostly from maharastra. you can find them various places in bangalore.
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Whilst a particular group might have taken on this scam here in Chennai, it is international, and has been tried on me back in London numerous times. The scam breaker is actually obvious: they ask for the taxi fare to somewhere that can be cheaply and easily reached by bus.

In one Chennai instance, I was asked, by a well-dressed, English-speaking local man for a very few rupees for a bus fare. I fully believed the lost-purse story, largely because of the small amount of the request --- and the obviously-genuine gratitude with which it was received.
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This scam is pan Indian.

The target victims vary according to the city.
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The scam is going on for years. I stayed in Chennai from 2004 to 2006 and had encountered this many time. That time the gang said that they were from Rajasthan and was on a pilgrimage tour to Tirupathi. But they have lost their companions and all the money. On the 1st occassion, I tried to help them out and suggested that they should go to the Police Station for help and offerred to take them to the nearest one which they refused sighting reason like we don't have id cards, police won't believe us etc. Their intentions became clear to me and I left without paying.
Later on I've seen this kind of gang operating in Kolkata too.
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I have encountered this in Hyderabad close to 5 years ago. Couple coming and asking me if I know Marathi & then asking for money.

I have been hit by this in Oakland, California, where a guy asked me for a dollar - said he is a dollar short for train fare to take his family to a homeless shelter. I gave him a dollar. I saw him again after a few days. I recognized him & asked him if he didn't reach the shelter the other day - he mumbled something and went away.
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I have encountered this in Mumbai. I do not think it is region specific. I would agree with Nayan that it is pan-India.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post This scam is pan Indian.

The target victims vary according to the city.

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#9 Dec 16th, 2011, 17:33
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Possibly ...the language is chosen according to the victim, too!
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Originally Posted by bombayboy View Post I have encountered this in Hyderabad close to 5 years ago.
Still today it is going on in Hyderabad near to stations,bus stations etc.

I believe it is happening all over India because of this the person who is in need also will be ignored by us.
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Originally Posted by Gupta View Post I believe it is happening all over India because of this the person who is in need also will be ignored by us.
That's the saddest part of these scams. People will probably try to help if there is a real need, but how do you separate the scams from those who really need help? And once you've been scammed by someone trying this on you, you aren't going to believe the next person asking for money.
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even where i live in right now, and place that i came from.. same things happen, and its almost the same story , just faces change... around one month ago, i saw family on the way to work, they parked their car and asked me to park mine, i did, and then they started to explain to me that they are from UAE , and they lost everything in saudi , and they demanded some money.. i refused and drove away... my friends later told me that they faced same situation with different families ... just be cautious .....

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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post That's the saddest part of these scams. People will probably try to help if there is a real need, but how do you separate the scams from those who really need help? And once you've been scammed by someone trying this on you, you aren't going to believe the next person asking for money.

i have a deep believe that honest people who might be in similar situation will never beg.... there most be something they can do.. call someone...everybody have mobiles these days, they can sell them.. or put it under pledge.. go to police.. government.. there will never be honest family beg..

i am ever in such a situation, i will be doing many things... none of it contain begging..
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Originally Posted by rayal5 View Post i am ever in such a situation, i will be doing many things... none of it contain begging..
Never say never.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry and narrow-mindedness" Mark Twain
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Originally Posted by rayal5 View Post i have a deep believe that honest people who might be in similar situation will never beg....
I do agree with you but we will not listen to them because of our previous experience will just ignore them.
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One spoke to me for an hour and spun the best story. I knew the objective reality that was false. However, one must admire the shear professionalism and without any regrets I gave him money 30 years ago..

Such is now common in Northern California especially the Bay area but I have never again met such a professional..

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