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#1 Mar 28th, 2005, 23:52
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Hi all... I've been travelling in India now (my first time) for just over 4 weeks. Now in 4 weeks I should have been more alert and wise to scams but ho hum, they got me and they got me good. I'm sure this has been raised in the past on this forum but here's my experience with my first taxi ride in Mumbai.

I got the bus from Panaji to Mumbai, arriving without having had a wink of sleep, at about 10 in the morning. Firstly the bus dumped me way outside Mumbai, for some reason he refused to continue to the center of town. Anyway, a taxi guy immediately grabbed me and before we set off I started to negotiate a price but he said simply that it was on meter, I couldn't argue and thought there's no way he can scam me if it's on meter so off we went. Well, we arrived at my hotel and the meter read 13.2, I thought, that's funny, bit low, but of course then he produced the rate card. He handed me the official looking rate card and my jaw literally hit the floor, it read, "13.2 - 550 Rs". I thought to myself, "F**k me, I know Mumbai is supposed to be expensive but that's London prices!". I challenged him suspecting that he must be pulling a fast one but then he said, "No sir, I honest, look I could have charged you night time rate." With that he produced another rate card, again official looking and it said, "Night time rate, 13.2 - 750 Rs". "Ho hum", I thought, he must be telling the truth. Only when I got a taxi later that day and I asked him to see his rate card did I realise the error of my, ways. His even more official looking rate card read, "13.2 - 160 Rs (or there abouts)".

Later that day I mentioned this in the tourist office, they said if I'd taken his number they could have done something about it. Ah well. I've been fleeced out of the odd 10 or 20 rupees here before but now I've been done good

I used to frown at those who said, "Trust no one!", but I'm slowly coming to see this as true
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Scam warning - Indian Rs. 500 trick by Taxi drivers in Mumbai

A word of caution for travellers both foreigner & Indian ( me and another friend of mine have experienced this scam being played on us) travelling in Mumbai by taxi especially from Dadar Bus stop (one where buses to & from Pune start) and from Mumbai Airport.

This happens when ur total taxi bill comes to be more than Rs. 100 and the traveller uses Rs. 500 note to make payment.

the case would be such suppose one hires a cab from airport till Churchgate
the total fare should be some Rs. 250-270 ....after reaching the destination, the traveller asks for the amount he owes to the taxi driver and he says so and so is the amount...now if the travellers uses Rs. 500 note to make payment....then at times some scrupulous taxiwallah might in a moment, deftly replaces that Rs. 500 note by Rs. 100 note and turns back to the traveller claiming that he has given him just Rs. 100 note and asks for rest of the amount...

this is a common trick played on the traveller, especially in the situation where he has no option like when travelling late in night, or no other taxi is availible or the traveller is very fatigued and seems to be the one who easily believes whatever the taxi driver will say.

Mark it through out the journey and even when claiming that the traveller has given him a Rs. 100 note, he will be very polite and his appearence will be that of a honest innocent person.

When travelling in Mumbai and one is usig taxi as the mode of transportation, kindly try to keep Rs. 100 and Rs. 50 notes with urself in order to make payment and avoid making payment by Rs. 500 note to make payment.....to avoid this trick being played on you.

This is especially important for tourists and travellers arriving on International & Domestic Airport and taking a cab from there for downtown Mumbai

Try to keep Rs. 50 & Rs. 100 note with you while travelling and avoid usage of Rs. 500 note except in cases when ur making payment for accomadation or food.
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true, have seen this happening quite often actually
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When paying with a number (especially a large number) of Rs100 notes, several people have given me back one, pointing out that it is a Rs500!

Many a scam, worldwide, is done by taking advantage of a foreigner's lack of familiarity with local currency, and the foreigner who's just come, tired, off a plane is easy prey.
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Had exactly the same trick tried on usin November by a taxi wallah from Mumbai domestic airport into town.It wasn't until I threatened police involvement that he gave me my 500 R back and it did get a bit heavy at one point.

The same trick was tried (and the hand sometimes is quicker than the eye) by a wine shop merchant in Jaipur.After catching him at it and giving him a fair lecture on the damage he might be doing to Jaipur's tourist industry and he apologised profusely it was dissapointing that on return to the shop ,the next night, he tried the exact same trick.
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When youíre at home, how many US $100 bills do you carry around with you? How many times have you paid for a newspaper in W.H. Smith with a UK £50 note? When did you last spend one in a shop or to pay a taxi driver, and what reaction did you get?

The Indian ATMís will generally pump out a thick wad Rs.500/- notes, and banks too will insist that your stash is primarily in Rs.1000/- and Rs.500/- denominations.

But what can these huge notes be used for?

My gardener/handyman gets Rs.2000/- a month. Paying him with 4 X Rs.500/- notes would be like paying the average worker in the UK with 4 X £500 notes Ė ridiculous!

Rs.500/- notes are for keeping in your money belt so they can be changed for smaller denominations as needed.

Donít keep them with your money Ė youíre sure to hand one over mistaking it for a Rs.100/- as I have done (and the auto wallah handed it back because he was so honest), and youíre sure to be ripped off at some time too!

Your spending money should be in Rs.10/-, Rs.20/- and Rs.50/- notes with a few Rs.100/- notes in reserve for those really expensive buys.
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john, where do you change big notes for smaller denominations?
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Originally Posted by dani john, where do you change big notes for smaller denominations?
At a bank, a hotel or a large department store.

Many shops at the roadside will only have change for a Rs.50/- note.
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The Indian ATM’s will generally pump out a thick wad Rs.500/- notes, and banks too will insist that your stash is primarily in Rs.1000/- and Rs.500/- denominations.

Rs.500/- notes are for keeping in your money belt so they can be changed for smaller denominations as needed.
Good in theory but the reality is nobody will change large denomination notes unless you are making a purchase.In other words,you can only collect a stash of smaller denomination rupee notes by breaking the big ones with a purchase of goods or services and at these times it pays to be on the lookout for the old switcheroo.

That's why you are particularly at risk at International Airports because you've just changed money and often the airport bank/ATM can't or won't give small denominations.And you can't (legally) bring rupees in from OS.
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Originally Posted by Dino ...And you can't (legally) bring rupees in from OS.
Oh yes I can!

Any person resident in India:

may take outside India (other than to Nepal and Bhutan) currency notes of Government of India and RBI Notes up to an amount not exceeding Rs. 5,000/- (Rupees Five Thousand) per person

may bring into India at the time of his return from any place outside India (other than from Nepal or Bhutan) Indian Currency Notes up to an amount not exceeding Rs. 5,000/- (Rupees Five thousand) per person.

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Originally Posted by Dino ...Good in theory but the reality is nobody will change large denomination notes unless you are making a purchase....
Your hotel will, a bank will, and of course, you can pay with a large note for a small purchase in a large shop.

My advice is that 5 X Rs.20/- notes are far more useful than a single Rs.100/- note.
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Originally Posted by john.sw My advice is that 5 X Rs.20/- notes are far more useful than a single Rs.100/- note.
Couldn't agree more.But as an NRI I can't buy rupees before I arrive and am more likely to be targeted for this scam as it's very difficult to get small denomination notes when exchanging money at airports.
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It is easy for someone living here to get change. Supermarkets are the best places, and of you are a regular, yes, they will give change to be helpful.

But then, tourists are probably also going to the more expensive places, where larger amounts are needed.

That first taxi journey is always going to be a potential problem!
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Originally Posted by john.sw When youíre at home, how many US $100 bills do you carry around with you? How many times have you paid for a newspaper in W.H. Smith with a UK £50 note? When did you last spend one in a shop or to pay a taxi driver, and what reaction did you get?
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When you are "home," does a CocaCola cost 10$ and a cab ride $50.00? It makes perfect sense to pay for something that costs $30 with a $100 bill. I don't see that paying for a 50Rs cab ride with a 100R note is so outlandish. It's all just a way for them to get someone else to do their job for them.
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Originally Posted by sirensongs When you are "home," does a CocaCola cost 10$ and a cab ride $50.00? It makes perfect sense to pay for something that costs $30 with a $100 bill. I don't see that paying for a 50Rs cab ride with a 100R note is so outlandish. It's all just a way for them to get someone else to do their job for them.

The denomination in point was the Rs.500/- note.

It does not make any sense to pay for something that costs Rs.30/- with a Rs.500/- bill.

I have stopped going to America, so I have no idea what happens there.
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Yes, but the same happens with 100...as with 500. If something costs 200Rs and you hand them a 500, you are invariably asked "you don't have change?" In Nepal the cost to enter Bhaktapur was 1100NRs; we gave 1500NRs and they complained that we should get change. I am sick of it.

It happens at every level...at 10pm at night, a driver who's been working all day will claim to not have even 10Rs change. Just a way to try to get it out of you.

You have a *gardener*? Can I have a loan?

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