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rahulmalik Jul 18th, 2016 23:57

Another Scam to look out for !!
Okay, so I encountered another scam/crime happen in broad day light happen unsuccessfully with my mother.

We were in bazaar waiting for the cars to pass so that we could go to the other side of the road.

While we were waiting, a group of 4 women arrived and covered us from behind. I thought even they were waiting to cross the road, but my mom realized that they were trying to open her purse and steal. luckily, she caught her red handed and no harm was done.

Something similar could happen to a traveler with a backpack so beware guys !!

Nick-H Jul 19th, 2016 00:52

These people were lousy at their job, or your mum would not have known anything about it until she realised she didn't have a purse.

I'm sorry for your experience: well done for not becoming their next victims, but it is not new, not really a scam, and not particularly Indian. Various varieties of theft from pockets, bags, of bags, etc etc, on the street, go on all over the world. Some undo zips, some cut bags, some take watches, jewellery, etc etc. The newspaper adverts placed by police advise us to beware of attention diverters. Hey! Look over there! I just took your wallet and wandered off.

Another one is to pretend to drop some cash, and ask the victim if it is theirs.

Here's a funny story: I'm careful with my purse, but one day it was spilling cash from my pocket, and an honest guy pointed it out to me: several hundred Rs on the ground. It was mine!

lil_buddy Jul 19th, 2016 01:30

My wallet was stolen from my backpack in NYC during a street festival when I was a teen.

edwardseco Jul 19th, 2016 08:39

Haven't heard of gypsies in Europe? A friend had his suitcases stolen from between his legs while sitting on a rail platform bench!The dropped ring method or that of the jostling are common. A variant of this is the bum's rush where a half dozen or more rush the target. Had this happen in a suburb of Mumbai. They got 30 Rupes. Always stash you money in multiple places and use at least a money belt. There are clothing companies that make pants, coats, and now shirts that are resistant. Put a wallet in the back pocket with fake cards & ID and petty cash as a diversion. My problem is I forget where the money is on me among 12-15 pockets and other:). Welcome to the real world and utilize the educational value of experience..

Pammi Jul 19th, 2016 09:26

A few days back, while going down on an elevator (moving staircase type) from one floor to the next, at the Kashmere Gate Metro station, a commuter got his laptop picked, by a pickpocket, from his backpack.

edwardseco Jul 19th, 2016 12:25

I once had the chance to go with a "traveling group" in India. they sharpened razor blades so they could discretely extract a wallet. It wasn't me. I was one of the singers on the stage. However, since the purpose was to attract a crowd and my singing did just the opposite they had to let me go, a new low for my career:(. I kept going lower & lower ending up working as a gofer for the Democratic Party. I brought in liquor, it was quite a party:)..

atala Jul 19th, 2016 12:40

Whoever uses a wallet in India, is definitely to blame first of all if it gets picked out of the pocket.

I get interior chest pockets stiched into my kurtas (Indian shirts), keep the larger notes for daily use there, and only smaller notes in the outside chest pocket. Traveling without a security money belt is another big mistake.

The best one is the Eagle Creek Silk Undercover Money Belt because it is soft on the skin, and has a membrane against sweat (I still wrap bundles of cash in small plastic bags though).

Govindpuri Jul 26th, 2016 17:45

One from Mumbai.

"I LIKE to think of myself as a pretty savvy traveller.
I’ve been to 17 countries. I speak two languages. I’m good at budgeting. I can eat anything. I’ve never been seriously sick, my bags have never gone missing, and I always do my research.
You’d think I’d be smart enough to avoid a scam.
That was until I met a nice guy called Nick*.
It was about 48 degrees when I landed in Mumbai, and I’d been up since 4am. I was a woman travelling alone and I was exhausted and dehydrated. In other words, I was vulnerable."

OldandRambling Jul 26th, 2016 18:02

What is the scam going on with these threads?

I am suspicious of Delhi Indian posters stating simple things like "Should I give to beggars" and "My mom got pickpocketed"

Best advice: If it seems too good to be true... It probably is. :D

Ed .

Nick-H Jul 26th, 2016 18:55


Originally Posted by OldandRambling (Post 1976657)
What is the scam going on with these threads?

What's the weather like?

Look out of the window, Stupid!


That was until I met a nice guy called NicK
Beware of nice guys called Nick. They take you to sari shops, and before you know it, you're buying them a dosa.

aarosh Jul 26th, 2016 20:33

GP, after reading your post recollected a scene from the movie Dil Chahta Hai

Golghar Aug 24th, 2016 12:22

Now the hotel hasn't burnt down but the city is under curfew:

atala Aug 24th, 2016 14:39

That's an ancient one. It happened to me too when I first time arrived in India, in Kolkata, in the 80s. The taxi took us to a nice guesthouse outside the city, and next day further to our destination. There only I learnt that we paid about the double of the normal fare, which was ok for a first time.

"Curfew" was not used as an expression. Instead they explained there was "discussion in the streets of the city". :D

Golghar Aug 24th, 2016 14:43


Originally Posted by atala (Post 1981825)
"discussion on the road". :D

In Bengal that is the euphemism for "road rage" which usually leads to cars being torched.

Nick-H Aug 24th, 2016 14:49

Curfew seems unbelievable --- but then a good scam always is! But curfew? Why was the taxi driver driving? Why were others getting into cabs? Why was the "travel agent" open?

My first thought that the foreign couple were quite stupid to believe it, but then I wondered if I might fall for the same thing arriving in an utterly unfamilliar place, eg China, with an addled mind after a long flight. I think I might.

Naming and shaming is definately in order. Perhaps they might join IM and tell us, at least, the agent details! And perhaps we'd better be a bit gentle if they do. Hold the "Hello stupid people" line. Because, yes, in that situation it is not so unusual to be stupid: it is only a small step from stupified, which is the effect of long flights.

And forum rules would not allow me to post about my uncle's gem shop anyway ;)

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