One of the most popular scams that happen with people travelling by trains in India, Delhi topping the Chart, is the “Delayed Train” or “Cancelled Train” scam. Whether you have travelled before or travelling in Indian trains for the first time, local or a tourist, everyone is at the risk of getting scammed. Watch out!
How you fall prey to the Cancelled train scam
The Modus Operandi of the Scamsters doesn’t give you a chance to doubt them. It will start by either your asking about the train arrival or status from a well dressed or “official looking” person standing at the platform or near ticket counters or the person approaching you himself. You will be told that your train is either delayed for more than a few hours or cancelled. The person will then try to genuinely be of help by taking you to a so called “official” or helping you in hiring a cycle or auto rickshaw or cab (mind you they are all part of the plan) to take you to a “Tourist Information Office” who will help you.
Your journey of getting cheated starts here. The driver will take you to some “Tourist Information office” where they will persuade or pressurise you in buying either a new train ticket or a flight ticket or hire a cab through them at exorbitant prices.
How to protect yourself from Cancelled Train scams :
– Do not ask strangers near the Railway station or platform about the train status.
– The status of trains delayed, cancelled, arriving and departing are regularly announced and displayed at the Digital Boards at all major Railway Stations.
– While at Railway station, enquire only from the person sitting behind the Enquiry Desk at the “Enquiry counter”. Mind you, not from any other person standing nearby.
– Check status of your train online or calling railways enquiry number
Indian Railways train status enquiry
– From Indian Railways website : https://enquiry.indianrail.gov.in/ntes/
– Call 139 or Customer care as per details https://www.irctc.co.in/eticketing/contact.jsf
By just being a little cautious, you can save yourself from these scams. If you feel that you could be in danger, call Police helpline 100 immediately. Do comment and share if you like the article.