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#1
cheap!
1 Like #2
how about the baggage?
7 Likes #3
He can go too:

Edited By: bloodclot on Nov 15, 2011 19:56
1 Like #4
Please note scam in India


Passport Tearing at Indian Airports....Read it Carefully.!!!

Be Careful at the Indian Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports.. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The pass port can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.

On arrival next time, he is interrogated.

Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport.

Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention.

Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands.
3 Likes #5
should i 'goa' ? :p
#6
ashpreston
Please note scam in India


Passport Tearing at Indian Airports....Read it Carefully.!!!

Be Careful at the Indian Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports.. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The pass port can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.

On arrival next time, he is interrogated.

Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport.

Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention.

Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands.



bloody indians!

(i am one)
1 Like #7
Could you be kind enough to give us some reliable valid source from where you have come up with this scam,Rather than one of those mindless e-mail forwards going around where anyone can tell whatever they want and get away with it.
Before making such serious comments kindly ensure you have got valid material to back your comments.
3 Likes #8
I think it's less likely to happen in Goa. They are very concious of their image due to their disproportionally greater reliance upon tourism than other parts of India.

I went to Goa and it was the best holiday of my life. Man, the food there, you haven't had a curry until you've had a Goan curry.
#9
Watch out they don't land (or crash) on the wrong runway (or taxi way) !
#10
The worst scam/extortion/corruption racket you can think of, you can bet your bottom dollar it is widespread in India.
#11
ashpreston
Please note scam in India


Passport Tearing at Indian Airports....Read it Carefully.!!!

Be Careful at the Indian Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports.. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The pass port can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.

On arrival next time, he is interrogated.

Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport.

Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention.

Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands.


another urban legend...
1 Like #12
As opposed to the perfectly reliable and honest UK customs...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15718237
#13
That scam bit is a load of cr*p. It is just one of those chain emails which some idiot with an over active imagination cooks up and the thing goes viral. There is not a single reported case of that happening.

Believe me, if **** like that happens (esp to NRI's), the Indian media will make sure that everybody and their dog in India have heard about it.
#14
ashpreston
Please note scam in India


Passport Tearing at Indian Airports....Read it Carefully.!!!

Be Careful at the Indian Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports.. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The pass port can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.

On arrival next time, he is interrogated.

Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport.

Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention.

Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands.


well, there are better and more interesting ones, for urban legend lovers
http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/reference/a/top_25_uls.htm
and more http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/internet/a/current_netlore.htm
#15
From where did you get this information? Be proud to be Indian.
ashpreston
Please note scam in India


Passport Tearing at Indian Airports....Read it Carefully.!!!

Be Careful at the Indian Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports.. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The pass port can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.

On arrival next time, he is interrogated.

Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport.

Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention.

Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands.
#16
Getting back to this deal. Excellent price for return fare to Goa.

Heat added.
#17
I have been to Goa over 20x in the last 12 years - absolute rubbish
#18
ashpreston
Please note scam in India


Passport Tearing at Indian Airports....Read it Carefully.!!!

Be Careful at the Indian Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports.. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The pass port can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.

On arrival next time, he is interrogated.

Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport.

Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention.

Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands.

haahhaahaa

Rubbish

There are enough stupid westerners eating, smoking and doing stupid things, for the tourist police to get backshish (look it up) without tearing up legitimate passports. I speak as a (formerly) stupid westerner.

I was told ( by an Indian guy) that INDIA stands for I'll Never Do It Again.

Goa is a beautiful place treat her respectfully and you'll have the best time.

Cheap flight too! have some Shanti Heat!
#19
@Rokerender if it's rubbish why go 20x ?

There are scams just be careful don't trust anyone at face value. Like any country in that respect really.
2 Likes #20
Just the usual viral BS by racists, some of the cops as in ALL countries are corrupt but the airport people are fine:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Be+Careful+at+the+Indian+Airports%2C+This+is+a+well+organized+conspiracy+by+Indian+Immigration%2C+Police%2C+Customs+and+Air+India+staff

India is great.
#21
littld
@Rokerender if it's rubbish why go 20x ?

There are scams just be careful don't trust anyone at face value. Like any country in that respect really.


I think he meant the scam is a load of rubbish. And while it's advisable to be wary while travelling the idea that you shouldn't trust anyone is a pretty sad mindset to go anywhere with.
#22
never heard of this scam and i travel to india all the time - my mother has moved out to india etc etc (i am not indian)

Anyway, voted cold as it going to be a mission to get a visa in time for India, this is only because of the indian government outsourcing it's visa application process.. It's has gone down hill from when you could walk into the high commission in London or B'ham and pick a visa up on the same day (plus X visa's are very hard to get now)
#23
Mera Bharat Mahan
#24
First of all that is a very good price to fly to Goa. However ...

I have Personally Flown to Goa several times in the past and going there again very soon.

I do not know about this Passport Tearing Scam, but I can say from personal experience that there is a lot of stuff that happens in Goa and other Parts of India (and the world as a whole I'm sure)

Half of my family are from Goa, so we have an insight into what goes on, better then most people. As we make frequent trips there and we personally know many others do fly there as well.

I know from Personal Experience and would say that for a lot of these Scams if you're of Indian Origin then you're more likely to get hassled or be taken advantage of by officials at the airport. From my own family's experience you're less likely to get hassled if you're with at least one other person and even less likely if some of your group are white.

I've personally been taken aside out of a plane of all white European passengers and asked "What have you brought to sell?" upon landing in Goa.
No one else that I could see got asked this question .. and it was only when he saw I had a Portuguese surname in my passport that I was let go.

My Uncle has often had his entire bag contents checked upon landing in both Goa and Mumbai and airport staff have tried to either drop something down the back of the table like a shirt or simply asked him "Why do you have two mobiles phones, ...give me one?"

So I do agree that you should watch Airport Staff very carefully. People know that you've just gotten off a plane, you're very tired and if it's you first time in the country maybe nervous, they will try to take advantage of you. As soon as you walk out the gates of the airport there are men eager to offer to carry your bags for you to the taxi, it's all of 30 seconds work and then they turn to you and say "Pound Please" ... In India a Pound for some people is more then One Day's Wages for some.

Some recent examples of corruption below:
http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/6-goa-cops-arrested-for-allegedly-selling-drugs-18026.php

http://news.oneindia.in/2011/11/02/engineering-students-robbed-and-harassed-by-goa-cobs.html

http://news.oneindia.in/2011/08/27/goa-police-arrested-for-assaulting-girl-prostitution.html

And let us not forget the British Passports that were used to help assassins to get into Dubai, which all evidence points to Airport Officials taking away people's passports at the airport in order to copy them.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8582518.stm

There are lots of things that happen at airports by crooked staff because people flying into a country are at a huge disadvantage.

India is a very nice place to visit and you can have a wonderful holiday there but you have to be very careful. There is a lot of corruption in India and if someone who wants to target you has a friend that works for the police you find yourself in a lot of trouble. In India it's all about Who you know and what position they hold. Corruption is huge in India and if you're of Indian Origin or an Indian from another part of India you're more likely to be targeted then a White European or American. There are more people in India then every single European Country put together. So people from different parts of India will act differently to others and also treat others from their own country differently.

If you go to India then have a good time, but do be aware that not all the people that wear a uniform have your best interests at heart.
#25
Don't forget you'll need a visa, can be difficult.
#26
there is no truth in such stories. Goa is great.
#27
jay2jay
Could you be kind enough to give us some reliable valid source from where you have come up with this scam,Rather than one of those mindless e-mail forwards going around where anyone can tell whatever they want and get away with it.
Before making such serious comments kindly ensure you have got valid material to back your comments.

+1
#28
Wet behind the ears tourists who "think" they know the machinations of 3rd world countries always come out with this crap, whereas those who actually have a direct connection or live there know that the corrupt arm of the law in all its guises is only a stone's throw away.

Unlike many, I have actually lived in the developing world for a number of years.
1 Like #29
deeinlondon
First of all that is a very good price to fly to Goa. However ...

I have Personally Flown to Goa several times in the past and going there again very soon.

I do not know about this Passport Tearing Scam, but I can say from personal experience that there is a lot of stuff that happens in Goa and other Parts of India (and the world as a whole I'm sure)

Half of my family are from Goa, so we have an insight into what goes on, better then most people. As we make frequent trips there and we personally know many others do fly there as well.

I know from Personal Experience and would say that for a lot of these Scams if you're of Indian Origin then you're more likely to get hassled or be taken advantage of by officials at the airport. From my own family's experience you're less likely to get hassled if you're with at least one other person and even less likely if some of your group are white.

I've personally been taken aside out of a plane of all white European passengers and asked "What have you brought to sell?" upon landing in Goa.
No one else that I could see got asked this question .. and it was only when he saw I had a Portuguese surname in my passport that I was let go.

My Uncle has often had his entire bag contents checked upon landing in both Goa and Mumbai and airport staff have tried to either drop something down the back of the table like a shirt or simply asked him "Why do you have two mobiles phones, ...give me one?"

So I do agree that you should watch Airport Staff very carefully. People know that you've just gotten off a plane, you're very tired and if it's you first time in the country maybe nervous, they will try to take advantage of you. As soon as you walk out the gates of the airport there are men eager to offer to carry your bags for you to the taxi, it's all of 30 seconds work and then they turn to you and say "Pound Please" ... In India a Pound for some people is more then One Day's Wages for some.

Some recent examples of corruption below:
http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/6-goa-cops-arrested-for-allegedly-selling-drugs-18026.php

http://news.oneindia.in/2011/11/02/engineering-students-robbed-and-harassed-by-goa-cobs.html

http://news.oneindia.in/2011/08/27/goa-police-arrested-for-assaulting-girl-prostitution.html

And let us not forget the British Passports that were used to help assassins to get into Dubai, which all evidence points to Airport Officials taking away people's passports at the airport in order to copy them.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8582518.stm

There are lots of things that happen at airports by crooked staff because people flying into a country are at a huge disadvantage.

India is a very nice place to visit and you can have a wonderful holiday there but you have to be very careful. There is a lot of corruption in India and if someone who wants to target you has a friend that works for the police you find yourself in a lot of trouble. In India it's all about Who you know and what position they hold. Corruption is huge in India and if you're of Indian Origin or an Indian from another part of India you're more likely to be targeted then a White European or American. There are more people in India then every single European Country put together. So people from different parts of India will act differently to others and also treat others from their own country differently.

If you go to India then have a good time, but do be aware that not all the people that wear a uniform have your best interests at heart.
+1
#30
ashpreston
Please note scam in India


Passport Tearing at Indian Airports....Read it Carefully.!!!

Be Careful at the Indian Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports.. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The pass port can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.

On arrival next time, he is interrogated.

Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport.

Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention.

Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands.


Well what do you expect to do when hand in passport on holidays ?? You gotta look after your stuff !! More over voting cold, since Indian Govt is restricting immigration to tens of hundreds... Hard to get a VISA X)

Edited By: anishmathw on Nov 16, 2011 09:57
2 Likes #31
simplez
Just the usual viral BS by racists, some of the cops as in ALL countries are corrupt but the airport people are fine:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Be+Careful+at+the+Indian+Airports%2C+This+is+a+well+organized+conspiracy+by+Indian+Immigration%2C+Police%2C+Customs+and+Air+India+staff

India is great.
How is he being racist you moron?
Cranks like you are dangerous, seeing racism in places it doesn't exist.
#32
Single person fare is £273.98 Now oO
#33
joyf4536
Don't forget you'll need a visa, can be difficult.


Not to mention a bundle of injections so you make it out of there safely - would be hard to make the 21st date for most.
#34
there is no single journey :(
#35
good deal.
#36
visa can take three weeks unless you travel to london to get it.....

Went to Kerala few years back - excellent and cheap holiday. Would go back if it were for visa delay.

Now either morocco or gambia instead!
#37
johnf
deeinlondon
First of all that is a very good price to fly to Goa. However ...

I have Personally Flown to Goa several times in the past and going there again very soon.

I do not know about this Passport Tearing Scam, but I can say from personal experience that there is a lot of stuff that happens in Goa and other Parts of India (and the world as a whole I'm sure)

Half of my family are from Goa, so we have an insight into what goes on, better then most people. As we make frequent trips there and we personally know many others do fly there as well.

I know from Personal Experience and would say that for a lot of these Scams if you're of Indian Origin then you're more likely to get hassled or be taken advantage of by officials at the airport. From my own family's experience you're less likely to get hassled if you're with at least one other person and even less likely if some of your group are white.

I've personally been taken aside out of a plane of all white European passengers and asked "What have you brought to sell?" upon landing in Goa.
No one else that I could see got asked this question .. and it was only when he saw I had a Portuguese surname in my passport that I was let go.

My Uncle has often had his entire bag contents checked upon landing in both Goa and Mumbai and airport staff have tried to either drop something down the back of the table like a shirt or simply asked him "Why do you have two mobiles phones, ...give me one?"

So I do agree that you should watch Airport Staff very carefully. People know that you've just gotten off a plane, you're very tired and if it's you first time in the country maybe nervous, they will try to take advantage of you. As soon as you walk out the gates of the airport there are men eager to offer to carry your bags for you to the taxi, it's all of 30 seconds work and then they turn to you and say "Pound Please" ... In India a Pound for some people is more then One Day's Wages for some.

Some recent examples of corruption below:
http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/6-goa-cops-arrested-for-allegedly-selling-drugs-18026.php

http://news.oneindia.in/2011/11/02/engineering-students-robbed-and-harassed-by-goa-cobs.html

http://news.oneindia.in/2011/08/27/goa-police-arrested-for-assaulting-girl-prostitution.html

And let us not forget the British Passports that were used to help assassins to get into Dubai, which all evidence points to Airport Officials taking away people's passports at the airport in order to copy them.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8582518.stm

There are lots of things that happen at airports by crooked staff because people flying into a country are at a huge disadvantage.

India is a very nice place to visit and you can have a wonderful holiday there but you have to be very careful. There is a lot of corruption in India and if someone who wants to target you has a friend that works for the police you find yourself in a lot of trouble. In India it's all about Who you know and what position they hold. Corruption is huge in India and if you're of Indian Origin or an Indian from another part of India you're more likely to be targeted then a White European or American. There are more people in India then every single European Country put together. So people from different parts of India will act differently to others and also treat others from their own country differently.

If you go to India then have a good time, but do be aware that not all the people that wear a uniform have your best interests at heart.

+1



+2 unfortunately, corruption is pervasive in the country :'(
#38
simplez
Just the usual viral BS by racists, some of the cops as in ALL countries are corrupt but the airport people are fine:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Be+Careful+at+the+Indian+Airports%2C+This+is+a+well+organized+conspiracy+by+Indian+Immigration%2C+Police%2C+Customs+and+Air+India+staff

India is great.


The advice appears to be targeted towards NRI's, therefore its a fair guess the source is infact also of Indian Origin (I've never heard the term used by anyone other then a POI or somèone involved tax/immigration). Given most POIs would invariably be of the same race as Indians, I struggle to see how one could describe the author as racist.
#39
these flights were £230 2 weeks ago

still a great bargain to get

there is some leaving in january for £400 for the 15 nights
#40
I doubt the actual initial scam warning is true, how it's not such a bad thing if it helps travellers to be more vigilant at the airport. By the looks of this website the email going around at least has Indian Authorities investigating their own departments.

http://moia.gov.in/services.aspx?ID1=352&id=m9&idp=59&mainid=23

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2001-08-30/bangalore/27224814_1_immigration-officials-passport-international-airports

In many countries Tourists are seen simply as walking Cash Machines. The locals have various ways to part you from your cash and some of them are very jealous of people from Western countries assuming without ever visiting the UK for example that our lives are so much better then theirs.

You also have to be careful after landing - at the Money Exchanges for example the people working there instantly know how much money you have on you. And in some cases will be friend you, offer to show you around Goa, etc After a few days they'll get you to start buying things for them, or make you feel really sorry for them by taking you to meet their "poor" family, etc.

Several years ago I met one lone English Girl that was befriended in such a way, taken to the guy's mother's home. In the end she bought them a new Fridge / Freezer. It's her money and no one forced her to buy the fridge, but she probably doesn't realise that she's most likely one in a long chain of tourists befriended by these guys in hopes of a big payoff.

What people who don't know Goa from the inside see is that some local Goans have one huge advantage over other Indians. They've been brought up in a developing nation but have had the influence of a westernised upbringing with over 400 years of ruling by Portugal. A lot of them know how to taken advantage of people to a degree well off the scale of what might be considered a national average.

Right now there is a major mining scandal in Goa worth over $2 Billion

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-09-17/goa/30169011_1_illegal-mining-mining-scam-gmoea

I Personally know of people taken advantage of by Goan Estate Agents that instead of taking a 2% to 3% commission on the sale of a property actually took more like 90% - with the Estate Agent lying about the true value of the Property and making fake documents. And they know that you're unlikely to report them to the police if found out, because if they go to jail you have no hopes of recovering your money back. And this particular Estate Agent was a friend of the seller, who even flew from the UK to Goa to attend the Estate Agent's Daughter's Wedding. I personally know this seller in this case and this Estate Agent and even been to his house in Goa and was shocked as everyone else to find this out.

If people go to Goa, then have a nice time but stay out of trouble. But beware that behind the smiles of some of the people they're smiling because they're trying to win your trust. To you Goans might look like other Indians, but they've got over 400 years worth of Westernised thinking built into their culture, this can be both a Good thing and a Bad thing.

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