mumbai scam
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#1
| Member

mumbai scam

I visited India recently and we decided to treat ourselves to a stay in the Taj for our last night. we stepped outside during the day and were approached by two young boys who were being friendly, they said they didn't want any money from us but asked that we buy milk powder for their baby sister. i even tried to just give them 200 rupees because i couldn't be bothered going to a shop and didn't want the usual hassle, however they took us over to a shop where they then both tried to make us buy powdered milk for 500 rupees each. i said no and offered the shopkeeper 300 rupees for one which was accepted.

later on our driver from the hotel told us that this is a scam and they take the milk powder back to the shop and get the money we've paid the shopkeeper, with him keeping a cut of it.

also another piece of advice - don't eat meat unless you trust the place. make sure the locals are eating there, or it's a beach shack you go to every day in goa, or one of the expensive restaurants in the taj. i had terrible food poisoning from a chicken sandwich bought near the station in goa - a shack owner later told me it's never fresh.

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#2
| Professional cynic
The milk scam is one of the oldest in the book, the first time they tried it on me was in 2000. Consider it 300 Rs spent for learning a lesson that will save you money in the future.
"It is preferable to have a criminal for a servant rather than a fool because a criminal's actions are predictable and you can protect yourself against them, whereas there is no telling what a fool's next move will be.
#3
| Loud Noisy Bird
I don't understand how anyone could think that milk costs that much!
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#4
| yumm!
it was Rs.975 for a big tin of formula in Paharganj!!!!
wouldn't've even entertained the obvious scam had we not been in a moment of affluent guilt (had just walked out of a shop with a block of chocolate!)
the baby was way too big though. and there's no way a barefoot gypsy could just walk in to a pukkah shop with such assurance with not even a raised eyebrow!
actually the scaminess turns off my natural softheartedness.
#5
| Maha Guru Member
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Consider yourself lucky that you were approached by two boys. It's usually a woman carrying a hungry-looking baby, borrowed from her friends. :)

Baby hungry need some milk please. :D
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#6
| Sssmokin.....
Ha Ha Ha,

Milk costed more than 2000 Rs per liter one one particular day in India.

September 21, 1995

That was the day one man started a rumour that Lord Ganesha's statue is drinking milk and the rest is history.

The news spread so fast across the globe and everyone started feeding lord ganesha milk. Poor Lord Ganesha....Burp..

With Warm Regards

B.S.Prasad
Chance Favours The Prepared Mind

#7
| Faine McNasty
Yeah, they tried to pull that one on me in Mumbai last night. Don't fall for it. I felt mildly guilty but am happy to find that this is instead a "classic" scam.

I used my usual tactic of completely ignoring the guy, but was impressed at how damn far he followed me - not something I was particularly thrilled about at 11:00 PM at night! If not for the kid, would almost certainly have hauled off and whomped him with my umbrella. (probably not productive, but a pleasant fantasy).
#8
| Loud Noisy Bird
would almost certainly have hauled off and whomped him with my umbrella. (probably not productive, but a pleasant fantasy).
Nobody has ever tried this on me, but my "pleasant fantasy" response would be to ask what they think breasts are for?
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#9
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Nobody has ever tried this on me, but my "pleasant fantasy" response would be to ask what they think breasts are for?


To make suckers out of men ?:p
#10
| Member
For the record: The milk scam was tried on me in Calcutta in 1993 cool:
#11
| Loud Noisy Bird
I wonder what the going rate was then?
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