anyone been scammed by a fellow traveller?

#1 Mar 24th, 2006, 22:16
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You have been scammed in India.

But have you been scammed by a fellow traveller while here?

Cant believe it's not happened.

Got up in the morning & found your camera, TCs gone? passport? made to foot the bill AKA restroom escape?

#2 Mar 24th, 2006, 22:40
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I've never been scammed in India by anyone who wasn't a Brahmin.
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#3 Mar 24th, 2006, 23:19
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Originally Posted by abracax I've never been scammed in India by anyone who wasn't a Brahmin.
How do you know?

And the relevance of the statement wrt the original question?
#4 Mar 24th, 2006, 23:23
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A bit big on tarring, aren't you? What exactly happened?
#5 Mar 24th, 2006, 23:35
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Someone tried to scam me and get all the miniture bottles of alcohol I collected on a Air France flight in 1994. He said he would look after my 2 carrier bags full of alcohol and wait for me outside the airport. I knew his intention was to leg it with my bags so I told him to f%^& off. Soon sorted the silly git out.
#6 Mar 25th, 2006, 00:19
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I have heard a second hand story about Israeli guys befriending female US trekking partners (chosen for their supposed money and gear, expensive cameras etc), seducing them, then the girl wakes up one morning and everything's gone.

But no corroboration for this...just a story so far.

Otherwise, no, in 3 years of travelling, the closest I've gotten is cheapskate fellow travellers (never have money when it's time to pay for the auto, always come up short at meals and so on). Unfortunately I have met a number of these. One Swede, one Brit, one NRIIndian that I remember.
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#7 Mar 25th, 2006, 20:09
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I was in Thailand a few years ago when I met a AJpanese guy who'd lost everything. He'd popped to use the communal loo but left his door unlocked (big mistake - i've been robbed before like that) he got baack to find his backpack missing. The receptionist had seen a european lokoing guy walk out with the rucksak on his back but hadn't thougt anything of it at teh time. It turned out teh Japanese guy had grought ALL his travel money in US$. He thought it might have been his neighbour who'd spied on him throught he gap in the partition between their rooms.
#8 Mar 25th, 2006, 21:25
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I was on a train in Germany a few years ago, and met a guy emerging from the toilets after the ticket collector had passed. Turned out he was in a Youth Hostel, and went to the shower. While he was there, ALL his belongings were stolen. All he had in the world was one pair of boxer shorts!! Someone gave him a teeshirt, someone else gave him a pair of jeans, and he was trying to dodge his way across Europe, back to Britain. I often wondered how he got on...

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#9 Mar 26th, 2006, 14:48
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I was not "scammed" in India, but I did have another tourist - someone I met in a restaurant - lend me some money to make an important phone call home one day.
#10 Apr 7th, 2006, 14:08
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A girl I knew who was travelling all over the world, during her final leg in Africa, hooked up with a Chilean traveller who had a sob story to tell (something about cancer). Anyway, I don't know if she bought it, but she travelled with him for a while and by the time they were in Morocco, he disappeared and she found out lots of her money was missing, plus he's been sneaking off with her Visa every other day to withdraw maximum amounts.
#11 Apr 9th, 2006, 13:37
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I was on one of the greek islands enjoy a creep or something. Then this guy I sort of knew orders one as well. So when they come he takes it and said to the cashier oh, my friend will pay for it. I was more shocked than anything. I told the guy to give it back because there is know way I m paying for your food. If he would of asked me to buy him one, no problem. I told him I have never met a bigger scum bag and walked away. Like a week later he passed out drunk at his camp ground and the mossie did a number on him.
#12 Apr 9th, 2006, 14:20
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Last week-scammed in Jaipur

Just last week a Canadian was stolen off his/her belongings in a popular guest house in Jaipur.
Here is the story: Retruning traveller from Canada checks in, leaves the bags in the room, locks it up(Lock n Key provided by the Guest House), and walks to another nearby room where a friend is staying. They sit n talk, order chai, whatever. Traveller returns after an hour, only to find that one bag(with lap top, camera n other electronics) has dissapered fronm the locked room.

Well, before you guess, guess what, the police are now looking for another traveller, a long-timer at this guest house, who checked out one hour after the victim checked in. Apparently, since the locks are quite antique, and years of usage have left them tatty some keys can open other locks. The long timer tourist seems to have discovered that. Most of the staff of this place live around the guest house in rented rooms are are not from Jaipur or Rajasthan even. They are there for years and are very honest and friendly.

The latest news is that this Guest house has now decided to replace all old locks.

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