Staying street smart while travelling in India

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Staying street smart while travelling in India

Most global destinations have mechanisms in place to part a tourist from their money, but besides the pickpockets, touts, beggars and overpriced handloom shops, there are a few scams in India that really are quite unique. If you're a seasoned traveller, or if you remain alert, you will most likely avoid these mishaps. But we're hoping, after reading this article, that you will be able to spot these tricks a mile away, and you will just need to hide your smile when someone tries one out on you. But if you do happen to come across one, remember it is all just part of the adventure; some may even say that its actually half the fun of travelling in India!  ... read more »

#31 Oct 14th, 2015, 05:04
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Yes we had a similar thing happen at a train station in India 5 years ago (can't remember if it was Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur or Udaipur). I had brought a print out of our tickets, which I had booked directly via the IRCTC...but I hadn't travelled in India for a few years and was a bit rusty (I went to school in India as a teenager). When we got to the train station, ticket in hand, no doubt looking confused, an official looking man told us we had to follow him to the train office to confirm our seats. Both my husband and I were so unsure, but we followed him (& our 2 teenage kids) and he took us across the street (LOL) into his office, "looked up our seats on his computer" and told us they were on wait list (which I knew they weren't) and said we could pay a certain sum (can't remember how much) to have them confirmed by him....At this stage we were like "Oh, I see, this is a SCAM!" and walked back to the station and asked the first nice family we saw, who said "No your tickets are all you need. Just wait here for the train. That man try to take your money."
Now I just laugh about my silliness...but India can be confusing. People everywhere, noise everywhere, hot and dusty...it's like a scammer's delight
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I am currently looking at planning our trip to India, and actually, this scam thread has had me howling with laughter, with some of the antics they will try to get your money. I'll be well on guard by the time we go.
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Originally Posted by rollon2017 View Post I am currently looking at planning our trip to India, and actually, this scam thread has had me howling with laughter, with some of the antics they will try to get your money. I'll be well on guard by the time we go.
Yeah. Just keep on walking and don't give them no mind. Sunglasses and an I-pod can alleviate a lot of the hassle.
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Au contraire, monsieur, it was sunglasses and a hat that got me almost touted by a tout in my own hometown. I was wandering about wearing western clothes (nothing crazy, just slacks and a shirt) and said accessories a week or so ago when I was accosted by this guy who went all "Madam, where going?"

I could almost seeing him rubbing his hands in glee in his own mind thinking he'd found a likely sucker.

Of course, the look on his face when I answered him in pure madras bashai (local dialect of tamil) was priceless.
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Originally Posted by Bayta View Post Au contraire, monsieur, it was sunglasses and a hat that got me almost touted by a tout in my own hometown. I was wandering about wearing western clothes (nothing crazy, just slacks and a shirt) and said accessories a week or so ago when I was accosted by this guy who went all "Madam, where going?"

I could almost seeing him rubbing his hands in glee in his own mind thinking he'd found a likely sucker.

Of course, the look on his face when I answered him in pure madras bashai (local dialect of tamil) was priceless.
See, that's where the I-pod comes in handy. And your a madam so expect more hassle. And in reality I really hardly ever wear sunglasses. It's the I-pod strategy that has always worked. And most of the time I wasn't listening to anything. Just wanted a diversion and be left in peace with no hassles. Plus as you say I'm a monsieur also! That helps.
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Warning: New Scam

Hi travelers. . I have a new scam to warn ya’ll about! I ultimately want to warn people about expedia.in (which also cross-posts with hotels.com) but, to do so, I have to explain the in-person part of the scam. I think this is the contemporary evolution of the famous “that hotel burned down but my brother’s hotel is great” scam that now uses the internet instead of taxi/auto drivers.

My husband booked a room at Om Ganesh in Goa for a few days. The internet reviews for Om Ganesh were pretty good and the price - for what we were getting (this is important) - was acceptable in my experience. He booked a 1) large 2) AC 3) room overlooking the beach through expedia.in. According to our reservation there is absolutely no ambiguity in what we had booked.

We approached the beach and our very nice taxi driver leaned out the window to confirm we were heading in the direction of Om Ganesh. “Which one?” The guy on the street asked, and my heart sank because I knew what that meant. We pulled up our reservation and said “the one on the beach.” The guy nodded and directed us to the Om Ganesh on the beach where we had booked a big room with AC.

Upon arriving, the caretaker looked at the pictures in our reservation and confirmed these were pictures of this Om Ganesh. But, lo and behold, he had no rooms with AC. We looked up and pointed to the sign that said “AC Rooms” and he explained to us, as if we were stupid, that that was the OTHER Om Ganesh in the market. This Om Ganesh doesn’t have AC. We opened our reservation again and showed him where it said “AC room.” He explained to us, again as if we were stupid, that our room must be in the other Om Ganesh that has AC rooms.

As we investigated, we found that all three of the Om Ganesh’s are owned by the same family. Their online listing combines the best features of all three buildings into one reservation and charges a price as if such a room exists. It does not. I have to guess that, in the past, taxis and autos were paid to take people to whichever Om Ganesh best suited the family at that time. Since travelers are now aware of this scam, it has moved to the internet.

What shocked me is that expedia.in refused to believe us. They insisted we had “gone to the wrong hotel” and, after multiple emails (including photographic evidence) declined a refund. They also refused to edit Om Ganesh’s listing so that it is not fraudulent. It’s as if expedia.in acted as the taxi driver in the “taking tourists to the wrong hotel” scam. I highly, highly, recommend travelers stay alert to this new trick. Thanks!
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Extremely sorry to hear about your experience.

All the web/online portals, be it makemytrip, expedia, UBER - you name it - act like aggregators. They do not take any responsibility what so ever - that's the way it is, forget about the refunds! I have been at the receiving end on several occasions - one with UBER only last week as well as makemytrip (international flight booking) some months ago.

I am not sure how stringent the local laws are say in USA/Europe/Australia - but in India such big companies too do nothing to resolve fraudulent issues unless you take them to court (which they very well know is beyond a common man's scope especially in India) or if there is enough noise on social media.

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