28 Jul 2019
By Backpacker Ben
I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED❗️❗️❗️
Okay this is my story about vodafone in Varanasi
I went to get a Sim Card, paid, did all the correct procedures and left knowing in 24 hours or less my phone will be activated as promised.
Anyway 1 whole day has passed….nothing.
The lady who dealt with me messaged my Indian friend who came with me that evening claiming ‘I never left my address with her so it cant be activated’ so a message was sent as she asked for… (by the way she had my address and all my details!)
Anyway 2 days have passed….nothing.
3 days… i go in and now I’m mad demanding my money back in which she says “I promise it will be done in 1 hour max 2 hours” So i go for a walk and come back….nothing. I sit there and tell her I am not leaving until its done in which she lies and says the network in india is down….sure. “Sir it will be done by 5pm”
So I left and at 5pm a miracle happens it activated HOWEVER there is no data on them and a complete empty balance despite me paying for a whole 3 month package so I now have a worthless Sim.
The interesting part….why this is a scam!
The lady kept asking me how long I am in Varanasi which she had no reason to know. I said 2 days so imagine the look on her face when i rocked up after the 3rd day. When i met her the second time she said “so you’re leaving tomorrow?” I said yes i have a train booked she said good blah blah and left.
My hostel here heres the story and explains how this is happening to so many backpackers in Varanasi as people only come here for 3 days and leave so once you leave thats it you cant sort it out.
The guys take a look at my receipts…she has ripped off the part of how much I have paid!!! A small print on the receipt she has torn off ??? amazing. So I wont be able to get a refund now
Well I AM STILL IN VARANASI AND TOMORROW I GO BACK AND FILM THE WHOLE EVENT! THIS IS HAPPENING TO FAR TO MANY BACKPACKERS AND IT HAS TO STOP! I actually met so many now that have had the same issue!