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Sama Jun 8th, 2017 00:45

Scammer Preys on Western Women
I have come out of my self-imposed exile from IM to post this story because I think it's important.

Scores of western women take to social media alleging financial and emotional abuse by an Indian man

I thought it was noteworthy considering the number of women involved. It's not a typical case of one guy cheating a few tourists.

"Our initial thought on reading her post was that Rebecca had probably fallen victim to one of those small time fraudsters who operate in the by lanes of big cities, making a living out of cheating foreign tourists. ...She describes an elaborate scam that consisted of “initiating meetings with lawyers, printing visiting cards for his non-existing businesses, creating fictitious Skype profiles of family members to further support his antics, and gaining the respect of hundreds of travellers and tourists alike, no matter where he is”.

When Rebecca decided to take her story to Facebook to warn other women, she found scores of women online, reporting financial and emotional abuse by this man."

A Facebook group was even formed to alert women about this guy.

I found this most telling:

"In 2016, Alyssa reported a Yoga retreat volunteering scam run by Chatterjee where he offers opportunity to women travellers to tour India and get involved in his Yoga retreat business. As per Alyssa, “he preys on women online....
Chatterjee’s last known location is Varkala, Kerala. He is using many aliases and fake profiles and as per reports on travel groups."

Considering the harem pants wearing, dreadlocked young women I know who flock to Varkala, I can see why this shyster would make it his base. Especially if he pushes yoga on them. You can't walk 5 feet without seeing a sign for yoga this or that. It's easy to bamboozle starry eyed Western youngins in Varkala who think India is all peace, love, incense, and yoga. As a friend there told me, they're easily sucked in.

Now I'll go back under my rock. :p

DaisyL Jun 8th, 2017 01:58

Thanks for posting about this, Sama. It's important to tell others about this scam so they will be forewarned.

hfot2 Jun 8th, 2017 05:36

Thanks for getting the warning out.

Why not forget the rock and stay?

jituyadav Jun 8th, 2017 11:42

Can I get discounted accommodation and free yoga lessons, please, please, oh please :hug:

I hope this does not come under financial and emotional abuse :laugh:

edwardseco Jun 8th, 2017 13:23

Second best thing that happened on a terrible day, Sama posting (first was getting tech support on a project). Jordan is said to be a big center for activities of this sort..

Nick-H Jun 8th, 2017 15:08

What a shame to be slightly above average on human decency and somewhat below average on intelligence. There is so much money to be made...

Anyway, another day, another scammer exposed.

On the other side of the coin, better awareness, education and less naivety would help a lot. Scammers have a market. No market, no scam. But con artists are clever. They'll always find a way. All we can do is try to make it harder for them.

Sama Jun 12th, 2017 01:20


Originally Posted by hfot2 (Post 2042049)
Why not forget the rock and stay?

Maybe. Depends. ;)


Originally Posted by edwardseco (Post 2042092)
Second best thing that happened on a terrible day, Sama posting....

Thanks for the love. :D:elee:

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