Gang fooling Hindi speaking people in Kolkata

#1 Jun 8th, 2013, 14:11
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There seems to be a gang of people going around Kolkata fooling people. Their modus operandi is simple.
A young boy with a child and 2-3 women in tow will approach you and ask if you speak Hindi. If you reply in the affirmative, he will give you a story about how the group has been separated from the male members. The boy will go on to say that he is not begging but only wants some money to feed the young child and the other members of his group till they are re-united with the male members.
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It is universal (?) all over India! It depends on you whether you buy the story or not!
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As Prakant pointed out - It is universal - here is my example
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Correct Prakaant. I guess I bought the story looking at the young child.

Too bad I didn't read your post earlier nycank
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Yes...All over India and now reached Kolkata.
This type of scam is mostly seen in the Kumbh Melas
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... and at the other pilgrim centers
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oh. my town/street has two families permanently running this scam. And they have some luggage on their heads to boot. I have seen them off and on for the past two years. Still have not managed to get enough money to reach their hometown.
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I had faced these scamsters in New Delhi Railway Station where I had told them to get lost, but this time looking at the young child I gave them some money.
Incidentally, this happened near the Ganesh Chandra Avenue crossing.
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I have also encountered a few of them in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Once when I was on my way to office after getting down from the train , I was accosted by one group asking if I spoke Marathi. I said yes, they started with the same story, got separated, want to go home, want money to buy tickets. I asked them to come with me to ticket counter so that I could purchase train tickets for them. On hearing this they said they wanted the money and not the ticket.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post On hearing this they said they wanted the money and not the ticket.
These are easy scams to run with little modification. It is the $1000/20,000RMB/100000HUF/15000CZK Champagne bottles have no equivalence in India Hence, the E(visa) to bring in imported talent
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I guess any religious congregation or large city is an easy target for these scamsters.
A colleague of mine recently got scammed while travelling to Patna from Kolkata, by Danapur Express. He was travelling with his wife and there was another Bengali speaking couple in the compartment. The other couple "borrowed" around Rs1000 from my colleague saying that their belongings had been stolen, and promised to refund the money to him. They even gave my colleague their mobile number. Needless, to say my colleague has not received the money and the mobile is conveniently switched off.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post These are easy scams to run with little modification. It is the $1000/20,000RMB/100000HUF/15000CZK Champagne bottles have no equivalence in India Hence, the E(visa) to bring in imported talent
So then when you have so many problems with immigration to India and E visas why just do not stay in India for the rest of your life? ....Anyway such people which you are describing in your example are the scummest people from all of the frauds and beggars and it does not matter if it is Indian targetting fellow Indians in UK or Czech targetting fellow Europeans in India ( there are only 10 mio Czech in totall so targeting only Czechs in India would not be much profitable I guess). But good that you pointed it out. You cannot trust anyone
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Originally Posted by GSG9 View Post He was travelling with his wife and there was another Bengali speaking couple in the compartment. The other couple "borrowed" around Rs1000 from my colleague saying that their belongings had been stolen, and promised to refund the money to him.
Now which one were CPM supporters and which were of Didi ? There are parables to fit both conditions.
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Originally Posted by kopretina View Post So then when you have so many problems with immigration to India and E visas why just do not stay in India for the rest of your life? ....Anyway such people which you are describing in your example are the scummest people from all of the frauds and beggars and it does not matter if it is Indian targetting fellow Indians in UK or Czech targetting fellow Europeans in India ( there are only 10 mio Czech in totall so targeting only Czechs in India would not be much profitable I guess). But good that you pointed it out. You cannot trust anyone
I do not know what you are referring to. I know that it is very difficult to adapt and run a Champagne bottle scam in India indigenously
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This practice does not come exactly under scam category. It may be treated as cheating, breach of trust, etc.

Though there could be genuine victim who could be asking for help... but the practice has become regular and it seems there is no way to identify who is thug and who genuinely needs help!

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