New ‘Emotional Scam’ by Bengaluru Auto Drivers Unveiled

New 'Emotional Scam' by Bengaluru Auto Drivers Unveiled

New 'Emotional Scam' by Bengaluru Auto Drivers Unveiled

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Locals are falling prey to a new scheme where auto-rickshaw drivers exploit passengers’ emotions with fabricated sob stories.

A new scheme has emerged among Bengaluru’s auto-rickshaw drivers, this time targeting on passengers’ emotions rather than their wallets. A recent post on the ‘Bangalore’ subreddit brought this emotional ploy to light, gaining agreement from locals who’ve had similar experiences.

Beware: Emotional scam by auto drivers
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Under the headline “Beware: Emotional scam by auto drivers,” Reddit user shared their encounters: “Happened with me 4 times in the last 1 month. You board an auto and suddenly the auto-driver starts crying and saying things like ‘My wife is in the hospital and I don’t have money for treatment,’ ‘My wife is having twins and we don’t have money to raise them,’ ‘My mother is dying in hospital and I don’t have money to treat her.'” Initially sympathetic, the OP admitted to giving money the first time, but grew suspicious when it happened again on a different ride.

Other Reddit users quickly chimed in with their experiences, confirming that this emotional scam is becoming increasingly common. One user recounted a driver who claimed his child was in desperate need of surgery, while another mentioned an auto driver who said his house had just burnt down, leaving him penniless.

This emotional scam is particularly effective because it plays on people’s natural empathy and desire to help those in distress. Passengers, caught off guard and moved by the driver’s tearful stories, often give money without questioning the validity of the claims.

The post quickly gained traction, with others chiming in. 

“The sad part is that they are actually reducing people’s trust on folks who are genuinely in need,” one commenter observed. 

Another joked, “Wife having twins and sharing the photos is happening in HSR layout area since last year. And funny thing is they all share same set of photos! They are not smart enough to even carry out a scam.”

Reflecting on their own encounter, a third commenter shared, “Happened to mom once when she was visiting me. She barely takes auto so I thought she must have fallen into the trap but apparently, she got this strong intuition that it was fake so she said, ‘I will pray for you tonight’.”

It’s recommended to not give in to emotional pleas without verification. Instead, passengers can offer practical support like directing the driver to local social services or providing contact information for NGOs that assist in such situations.

Regular users of auto-rickshaws in Bengaluru should be aware of this scam and take necessary precautions to avoid being duped. While it’s important to remain compassionate, it’s equally important to ensure that help is given where it’s truly needed and not exploited by unscrupulous individuals.