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SIM card scam Indira Ghandi Airport

Darwin, Australia
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SIM card scam Indira Ghandi Airport

Upon arrival at Indira Ghandi airport on an international flight and after locating my transfer service to a hotel, I asked where I could get a SIM card for my phone. I was directed to an Airtel kiosk. I provided my passport which they photocopied, and I paid 800 rupees. I was given a number to call to activate the SIM card. They also provided what was purportedly their phone number to be called if there were any difficulties. Needless to say, the SIM card could not be activated, and their phone number did not work. Numerous people tried to activate it, including people in the phone industry. One such shop told me I had been cheated. Two lessons: 1. Do not purchase a SIM card at the airport. 2. Get the person from whom you buy the sim to activate the card.

My friend also purchased a SIM card which could not be activated. The kiosk was doing roaring trade. Many people will have lost their hard earned cash at this kiosk. Once you have left the arrival hall, passengers cannot return to question the kiosk and receive a refund.

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Agra, India
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1. Re: SIM card scam Indira Ghandi Airport

Many Thanks for sharing your experience. It will help others.


Walks By Arif

Kolkata (Calcutta...
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for Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling, India
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2. Re: SIM card scam Indira Ghandi Airport

Try taking the SIM to an Airtel official store near you. They are usually quick to sort it out. The Airtel/Vodafone booths at the airport are usually not scams. Something may have gone wrong with your documentation, the official Airtel store will fix it for you. Do not go to small shops and kiosks, they cannot help rather they misguide you into buying another SIM from them.

Agra, India
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3. Re: SIM card scam Indira Ghandi Airport

Very informative for others Travelers.

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