Bank scam at Delhi airport
one2ormany
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#1
| Member

Bank scam at Delhi airport

I wonder if anyone else has been targeted by this guy at one of the bank counters inside IGI airport.

I changed a fairly large sum of money (10,000 rupees) at the counter, and he started asking what seemed fairly harmless questions about where we were from etc, how long in India, and also looked at my passport and ticket.

During my 6 weeks in India, unknown to me at the time, he contacted my email address asking me to call him urgently.

When I got to the airport for my return home, this guy was waiting for me in the Customs area (just past Immigration) and when we checked in came over and said that when I changed money he had given me 15000 rupees too much (I hadn't even cashed this much in the first place). He had a customs man with him and tried to convince us that we hadn't counted it properly and had to pay it back.

There was no way that this had happened as I alwayd meticulously count every note when changing money(don't even care if there is a long queue behind).

We have been to India many times, so just argued a bit with them, then said 'no way' and kept walking, nothing happened after that.

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#2
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: one2ormany View Post

I wonder if anyone else has been targeted by this guy at one of the bank counters inside IGI airport.

I changed a fairly large sum of money (10,000 rupees) at the counter, and he started asking what seemed fairly harmless questions about where we were from etc, how long in India, and also looked at my passport and ticket.

During my 6 weeks in India, unknown to me at the time, he contacted my email address asking me to call him urgently.

When I got to the airport for my return home, this guy was waiting for me in the Customs area (just past Immigration) and when we checked in came over and said that when I changed money he had given me 15000 rupees too much (I hadn't even cashed this much in the first place). He had a customs man with him and tried to convince us that we hadn't counted it properly and had to pay it back.

There was no way that this had happened as I alwayd meticulously count every note when changing money(don't even care if there is a long queue behind).

We have been to India many times, so just argued a bit with them, then said 'no way' and kept walking, nothing happened after that.


delhi never fails to amaze... i'm glad you did the right thing by ignoring him as deserved.
#3
| Maha Guru Member
Yes, you have done the right thing. Had he been more persistent, you should have brought to the notice of higher bank official and could have also lodged a police complaint on charge of harassment. International Airport is a sensitive area, and I am sure, such nonsense would not have been tolerated by the authority.

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He had a customs man with him

How did you know this? Custom Department has no role to play in such a situation. Merely because some one is claiming that he is from Customs does not make his "custom guy"!
#4
| Loud Noisy Bird
Pressing record on one's phone's voice recorder would be a neat thing to do in this sort of situation --- but it is so, so easy to think of things like that when one wasn't there, or after the event. In the event, I either wouldn't think of it, or I'd be worried about them steeling the phone [Blush]

Well done for resisting. The guy should at least have had the sense to ask for a realistic amount of money.

Best not to give out contact details to strangers. Wait until after they become friends.
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#5
| Maha Guru Member
Many cell phones do a discrete voice recording..
#6
| Senior Member
you did the right thing. Moral of the episode, do not give your contacts to strangers
#7
| Clueless

Originally posted by: one2ormany View Post

I wonder if anyone else has been targeted by this guy at one of the bank counters inside IGI airport.

I changed a fairly large sum of money (10,000 rupees) at the counter, and he started asking what seemed fairly harmless questions about where we were from etc, how long in India, and also looked at my passport and ticket.

When I got to the airport for my return home, this guy was waiting for me in the Customs area (just past Immigration) and when we checked in came over and said that when I changed money he had given me 15000 rupees too much (I hadn't even cashed this much in the first place). He had a customs man with him and tried to convince us that we hadn't counted it properly and had to pay it back. .


:rolleyes: 10,000 ?? That's large sum ? USD 200 ?

15,000 ? which means he gave you 25K. Did he give you a printed receipt for the transaction with his and your counter signature ? If not, then it's not a legal exchange; If he did, then that is your proof. Name the bank, so that people avoid it in future.

I have never exchanged more than USD20 in India, Paris, and other Eu countries, USD50 in Japan; enough for cab fare, or buying a ticket to the City Center incase they do not accept Amex :)
#8
| Member
Thanks all. I changed more money because I was with husband and (older) children and would be needing some ready cash for Delhi, also because I don't like changing money, so like to keep a reasonable amount on hand.

I agree that the 'Customs' person probably was not a real one, I am sure he was just there as backup, which is why he was not prepared to push the point.

Unfortunately, in India I am a bit slack and don't like keeping all the receipts etc, unless it is for using an ATM. By the time we were leaving then I no longer had any record of the transaction.

Although I have been to India so many times and thought I knew enough to recognise most scams, this one was a surprise, and yes I also should have reported him - being targeted just a short time before the plane left was a clever move on his part. Having walked away I didn't want to launch a time consuming hassle just before I was due to leave.

The bank was Thomas Cook
#9
| Clueless

Originally posted by: one2ormany View Post

The bank was Thomas Cook


What I have to say about Thomas Cook and its cambios is unprintable here !!
#10
| Maha Guru Member
that's why the slogan goes "Don't just book it, Thomas Crookit!!"
#11
| Maha Guru Member
I feel I must put in a good word for Thomas Cook. I have always patronized them at airports in India and never had any bad experiences. Currently at Delhi Airport, Terminal 3 departures, there are just two exchange kiosks, Thomas Cook and Central Bank of India. the former is staffed by alert twenty-somethings, the latter by text-book babus who are as slow as they are (or appear to be) dim.
#12
| Vamachariya
A worthy addition to the ever-lengthening lists of scams and annoyances. There should be a special award for useful posts like this.
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