Tourism touts commit fraud in Agra
These con artists are quite adept at doing their work. While on a trip to Agra with a friend a few years back, one of these touts who prowl outside the Taj looking for easy victims approached us. Saying he would get a good discount on marble inlay items from one of the nearby shops, he lured us into his trap.
Once inside the shop we proceeded to shop for souvenirs and then we offered to pay by credit card. The shopkeeper said he had no card machine to swipe the card and had to do it from the neighbouring shop. Once we handed him the credit card, he made multiple payments. By the time we realised more money had been deducted from the account it was already too late. I regret not having instant notifications from the bank linked to my phone. There was no way i could have realised the multiple transactions.
We returned from Agra with lighter wallets but hopefully a lot wiser about how tourist scams work.