New Delhi Station & E-ticket scam!

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#31 Mar 15th, 2014, 19:16
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WindyB thanks for the heads up. Glad that you did not get taken in but it can be daunting for someone new who falls for this.
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Yes, this happened to me. I was told I needed a boarding pass. I should have known better. The only difference between your tale and mine is that when I was told that my ticket had been cancelled and then re-sold to someone else, they tried to sell me a bus tour. Luckily, I did finally realize that I was being scammed and I made it back to the station in time to catch my train.

Thanks for sharing your experience, it could help someone else who finds themselves singled out and told they need a boarding pass. As you said, no one needs a boarding pass for a train trip.
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I think this could be highlighted in the train FAQs. Is there such a thing?
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I think this could be highlighted in the train FAQs. Is there such a thing?
People are regularly cautioned to beware of touts and scammers at NDLS on the Railways Forum.

What do you mean by train FAQs?
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post ...What do you mean by train FAQs?
My bad - I was looking at a beginner's Article, similar to the Tourist Visa to India - Tips & FAQs, but there isn't one for the trains section.
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Do you think that anybody would bother to read it if there was one?
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Good point - probably not!!! But since I am not a frequent rail traveller I could have easily fallen prey to such a scam even though I am a local when in India. This is the first time I am reading about it.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post Do you think that anybody would bother to read it if there was one?
Neither do people bother to read guide books, nor do they bother to check for similar threads before asking a question (that has been asked a zillion times before).

I'm not ViShVa but wanted to say this anyway.
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Scam at New Delhi Station

We nearly got caught out in late January this year (2014). A man, who looked official, asked us if we had boarding passes for the train. Obviously we did not, he said we had to go to the foreigners office and he would show us where it was. On getting there we found another man, who looked as if he was coming out of the door, who said our train was cancelled but could get another from Old Delhi station.
The scam is as the previous persons.

Don't hand your ticket over and train are very unlikely to be cancelled, They may be late but they usually will arrive. Once you have a confirmed ticket that's it.
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Thanks for coming here to tell your story WindyB. It's a good warning for others. I don't think I had heard of this particular 'Boarding Pass' one before.



Dave's right - we do regularly give warnings to people about scams at New Delhi station. The usual one is people being told that the Foreigners' Booking Office is closed/moved/whatever so we always repeat that it is UPSTAIRS and open every day.

The trouble is that the people who fall for scams are the ones who didn't come here to do their research - what to do?
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There is atleast one case I know where Indians get scammed at Old Delhi station on a regular basis. There is this train called Ranikhet Express which departs from Old Delhi at 10.40pm for Kathgodam. It is used mainly by tourists going to Nainital. Now most Indian tourists going to the hills for a holiday tend to carry with them a bottle of alcohol, both for convenience as well as the fact that alcohol is very expensive in Himachal.

I have had friends mentioning that the moment the luggage passes through the scanner at the station, the uniformed guys manning the scanner identify the bottle and tell the passenger that carrying alcohol in a train is not allowed / or carrying liquor to Himachal is not allowed and he has to pay a fine of Rs.1000-Rs.1200.The passenger going on holiday,not being aware of either rule, doesn't argue, like any typical Indian who has been asked to pay a spot fine, he negotiates and finally settles on a bribe of Rs.300 - Rs.500 , depending upon his bargaining capacity. Its a happy ending for both sides. Those guys must be making a small fortune every day.

But even I do not know the rules. I have heard you are allowed to carry up to two bottles of alcohol in the luggage. But you cannot carry inflammable materials, and alcohol can be said to inflammable. Again you cannot not carry alcohol for resale into Himachal, so a single bottle should not be an issue. But who wants to argue at 10 in the night, and then when going on a holiday , what is 300 rupees. And so the story continues.
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Pap, you mean Uttarakhand right.
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Aarosh, of course Ranikhet and Nainital and Kathgodam are in Uttarakhand, and not Himachal, but as an expert have you heard of experiences of the issues being discussed? Whether in Himachal or Uttarakhand?
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my apologies, yes I meant Uttarakhand.
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Interesting thread! Somebody should arrange a dragnet to catch the perpetrators. Anyone can fall victim to this scheme.
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