How it works:
- Fake train ticket office/counter: you can be charged an inflated price for a fake ticket; hounded for a tip for simple advice; sent to a shop; told that the train is cancelled and to take a more expensive private car.
- Fake train officials: will accuse and fine you for buying the wrong ticket, boarding the wrong train or being at the wrong seat. They may also tell you that the train is down/your hotel is closed and try to get you to a rip-off tour, fake tour agency or on an expensive taxi.
Places to beware:
- New Delhi
What to do:
- Train ticket:
- Only buy direct from company/official counters or licensed retailers.
- When at a train ticket office, see if there are other staff and proper equipment
- Train official:
- See if the official only targets tourists for ticket checks.
- If you are approached, ask to see their badge with name and number.
- They should also have a seating chart.