BEWARE - Passport Fraud At the Indian Airports

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Member since: Feb 04
Posts: 281
Location: Brampton

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 01-10-07 16:17:19

This is the latest from India got in my Inbox.

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
watchful whenever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air
India staff. The passport 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 . Which is wrong...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. Similar case has happened with Armco¬Ęs
Arifuddin. He was traveling with his family. They had six passports.
They got the visa of America and decided to go via Hyderabad from
Jeddah. They reached Hyderabad . Stayed about a month and left for
the States. When they reached the States, the page of the American
visa on his wife's passport was missing. At the time of departure
from Hyderabad it was there, the whole family had to return to
Hyderabad helplessly. On arrival at Bombay back, the police caught
them and now it is over 2 months, they are running after the Police,
Immigration officers and the Courts. On going in to details with
him, he found out the following: One cannot imagine, neither can
believe, that the Indian Immigration dept can play such a nasty game
to harass the innocent passengers.
All the passengers traveling to & fro India via Bombay and Hyderabad
must be aware of this conspiracy. Every month 15 to 20 cases are
taking place, at each mentioned airport, of holding the passengers
in the crime of tearing away the passport pages. On interviewing
some of them, none of them was aware of what had happened. They
don't know why, when and who tore away the page from the middle of
the passport. One can imagine the sufferings of such people at the
hands of the immigration, police and the court procedures in India
after that. The number of cases is increasing in the last 2-3 years.
People who are arriving at the immigration, they are questioned and
their passports are being held and they have to go in
interrogations. Obviously, the conspiracy started about 2 to 3 years
ago, now the results are coming. Some of the Air India counter staff
too is involved in this conspiracy.

Member since: Aug 05
Posts: 2245
Location: Woodbridge

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 01-10-07 16:43:00

Thanks for the will be helpful if you could post some links..I know you received this in email, but was this incidence reported anywhere?? Seems like a very serious fraud, cannot go un-reported...atleast in any of the local dailies..


Member since: Mar 07
Posts: 282

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 01-10-07 16:59:50

and ofcourse noone is doin anything about it..
i call these aadasdadhole terrorists.

Member since: Nov 03
Posts: 147
Location: Vancouver

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 01-10-07 21:20:15

Just a thought..
If the officer wants to act funny, he need not tear off a page. He anyways get to see all details including the passport number.....!!!

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; The fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.

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