✅ Trip Verified
| Arrived Dabolim 16/02/18 on flight TOM548 with my wife. Bus to International Arrivals Terminal, long queue for passport-visa entry desk, official then processed our e-visas. All managed politely and efficiently, much the same as at any international airport, a vast improvement on our experiences there 10 years previously. Before leaving the secure arrival hall there was one money change stand run by a youngish female and a male. She stopped us and I said that I did not need money changed because I was going to get it from an ATM outside. She told me that the ATM outside was broken so I would need to get our money there. She showed me a card reader on the counter and said that she would give me 90 Rupees to the pound [GBP], which I knew was the correct rate. I said that I wanted 5000 Rupees and she gave me the card reader, told me to put my bank card in and enter my PIN. I took the card reader and saw that 55000 Rupees was the amount entered on it, so I did not enter my PIN. I asked why was 55000 Rupees shown and she said not to worry because only 5500 Rupees would be taken from my account. I again asked 55000 and the male said that I would get 5000 Rupees and the 500 Rupees extra was a new government tax that began in November. They were loud, impatient and insistant, and she waved a pack of Rupee notes at us. I did not believe any of this so I took my card and left. I went outside and the airport ATM was working. So I withdrew 5000 Rupees, was only charged for 5000 Rupees and I was not charged an imaginary 500 Rupees government tax. I am a male aged 70 years and I think that I may have been targetted because they thought that I was a elderly vulnerable victim. I would have had 50000 Rupees taken by these money change staff, which is a lot money [in GBP it is about £550]. What a welcome to India!