Staying street smart while travelling in India

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Staying street smart while travelling in India

Most global destinations have mechanisms in place to part a tourist from their money, but besides the pickpockets, touts, beggars and overpriced handloom shops, there are a few scams in India that really are quite unique. If you're a seasoned traveller, or if you remain alert, you will most likely avoid these mishaps. But we're hoping, after reading this article, that you will be able to spot these tricks a mile away, and you will just need to hide your smile when someone tries one out on you. But if you do happen to come across one, remember it is all just part of the adventure; some may even say that its actually half the fun of travelling in India!  ... read more »

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Genious idea
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Re the currency swap scam.

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IM-ers who have fallen for this suggest you don’t pay with 500 Rupee notes but carry 100s and other smaller change.
In Bombay local train stations, this is also done by ticket sellers in the ticket Railway ticket counters. Since local train tickets are usually Rs. 5 or 10 or 15, this scam is done on 100 Rs notes (even on 20 Rs notes). i.e. if you give a 20Rs or a 100 Rs note, they quickly swap it with a 10 Rs note. So as the article advises, always read out the note value as you give it.
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Kullukid is sooo right. With the best intentins in the world, when you arrive, tired and jet lagged, your good intentions and plns can easily disappear in the fatigue and confusion, Arrival is the time to be pinch yourself, and be more alert than ever!!! Oh--and drink some coffee!!!
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Gold/ Coins from historical site scam

Here's a scam that's been encountered by us.

A lady came showing coins which looked like they were from some era ago(and were obviously fake), saying in a low voice that her husband worked in some site near Golconda and found them while at work. Then she popped out a 'gold biscuit' that her husband found, and they wanted to sell it off as early as possible.

Of course, needless to say, avoid them.
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We were surprised by the number of people in Udaipur who claimed to be collectors of foreign coins. The first couple weren't very pleased to be given 10p pieces. They thought that they deserved pound coins. After that we just told them that there was no reason for us to be carrying anything other than rupees.
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Scam in Bombay

There is a scam in Mumbai main train station at the moment. Be very careful of an Indian looking man who is very well spoken, with a very convincing English accent , about 40ish. He said he got mugged the day before and needed some money to get to Goa where he has a house and family and will meet you there to repay the money. He first asked if we had a guide book and for the number of the English consulate and asked to use our phone. I didn't have one so couldn't. He then leaves "to call the consulate" and comes back saying they won't help him and could we lend him some money for the train journey that he promises to pay back.
He will show you his front teeth are broken which he claims happened in his "mugging".
If someone got mugged and beaten up the day before so bad that he lost his front teeth he would certainly have bruising evidence. Also he wouldn't be hanging out at a train station when he has family in India.
So be on the look out for this con artist.
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On my last visit, 18 years ago, I was advised that, when sending letters, I should ask that the stamps that I had bought and stuck to the envelope should be franked / rubber stamped in my presence and that I shouldn't leave the post office until this had been done, lest the post office clerk remove the stamps, bin my letter and resell the stamps to someone else.

One or two clerks seemed genuinely offended that I asked them to do this. Maybe because they were completely honest, maybe because I had spoiled their plans.....

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise (18 years too late) to all the genuinely friendly Indians whom I dismissed because I thought that they were just after my (limited supply of) money.
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Originally Posted by harvestmouse View Post On my last visit, 18 years ago, I was advised that, when sending letters, I should ask that the stamps that I had bought and stuck to the envelope should be franked / rubber stamped in my presence and that I shouldn't leave the post office until this had been done, lest the post office clerk remove the stamps, bin my letter and resell the stamps to someone else.
All my life I have never heard of a scam like this. People typically used to drop letters into a post box. If someone in the Post Office wanted, they could rip off stamps of all the letters.
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Domestic letters were dropped into the post box - but sure - letters [envelopes with stamps - not aerogrammes] going outside India - I did have them stamps franked - always.

naah - none of them post office folks had any problems or took offense franking them. It was common practice.

Having said that - the Indian Postal Service is one government organisation that, personally, I do swear by.
Speed-post always tops any courier service, IMO, regarding anything in an envelope - as opposed to a 'parcel'.



Them days of handwritten letters - and waiting for the postman for a much-awaited letter - is loong, loooong gone
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Originally Posted by bombayboy View Post All my life I have never heard of a scam like this. People typically used to drop letters into a post box. If someone in the Post Office wanted, they could rip off stamps of all the letters.
Right or wrong making sure the stamps got stamped is something I learned from a 70s/80s era traveler. I gave up the practice after feeling guilty about not trusting the postal workers after a look of "Oh please, you're worried about that" from one. All my letters got to my family and friends after not worrying about it.
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post Them days of handwritten letters - and waiting for the postman for a much-awaited letter - is loong, loooong gone
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I miss letters too. Am equally guilty of not sitting down to write any when it's easier to email.
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Here's one I hadn't come across before -at New Delhi station yesterday. "Chandi Chowk? Chandi Chowk is a Muslim area and tourists need a special ticket to go there. Show me your map and I will show you where the tourist office is where you can buy one"
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More info on New Delhi Railway Scam

Just wanted to provide a little more info on the New Delhi railway scam mentioned here. Luckily, we had viewed this post before trying to use the International Tourist booking office at the New Delhi Railway station, or we would've fallen for it, (in fact, even after reading it, we still almost did!)

We were in New Delhi for a little over a week, and were approached by, (no kidding,) no less than 15 people trying to convince us to come to their "official government tourist booking office," near Connaught Place.

This was what I wanted to warn people of, specifically though: Our first time trying to find it at the railway station, a man dressed as if he worked at the railway station and appearing to "direct" people onto their trains, saw us, said he was an employee, and assured us with confidence that it was a Muslim holiday and that the booking office was closed, but that there was another "official" booking office that was open. Because we thought he worked there, we almost believed him. Another man nearby even stepped in to confirm it!

Just to be sure, we ran up to the office, and sure enough, it said on the door, "open 7 days, including holidays." So- if this happens, DO NOT FALL FOR IT.

There are also two different "parts" to the New Delhi railway station, so make sure to check both sides (it's up the stairs.)

Hope this saves some people some frustration!
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Another one, which is probably mentioned in other places on IM but that I dont see here, is specific to Varanasi. If you are going to stop by the burning ghats (cremation fires), someone might insist that A.) it costs money to visit there or meditate by the fires. Be sure to tell them you know that it does not. B.) There is a convalescent hospital behind the fires, where the elderly direly need your support. There is no convalescent hospital there.
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Thanks for the Varanasi warnings!!

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