Scammed at Religious Places in India


The last place you expect to be scammed is at a beautiful temple. And the last people you expect to scam you are religious ones. But as a foreigner in India, you’re an easy target for fake and corrupt religious men. Before I show you these guys in action, one of the common scams is that a priest will offer you a pooja or a prayer ceremony. And at the end of that ceremony they’ll guilt trip you into donating large amounts of money. So for example, they might say you need to donate 2000 rupees so your parents’ souls can rest in peace. Or you need to donate a 1000 rupees so you can find a wife. During the pooja they’ll ask you personal questions and then they’ll pray on these personal questions. At the Ajmer Sharif dargah, they were even more blatant. They were pulling aside all the foreigners that went through the front gate, sitting them down and asking them directly, “So, how much you’re gonna donate?” And then insisting that that donation wasn’t enough. It’s really unbelievable and I know that all Indians would be ashamed at what these people are doing in the name of their religion. Okay, so that guy in the temple: he was trying to sell me a pooja experience. Basically you go up, you see Shiv’s lingam in that temple and you do a pooja, you do a prayer ceremony with him. And on video he told me it would cost, you know, I asked him the price and he said 1 rupees is fine. But at the end of that prayer ceremony, 1 rupee is not gonna be okay. We’re coming up to Jama masjid here. Hi… Salaam… You can see on the bottom of the can, they’ve erased the MRP which is the maximum retail price. In India, products have to have an MRP on them and you can’t sell the products for above that MRP. And this little store is actually connected to the mosque; it’s on mosque grounds. -Hi! -Salaam! Salaam! When it comes to temples in india here’s what you need to know. You can donate, but you should never be asked to give money or be forced to give money. If someone’s asking you or forcing you to pay at a temple, then it’s a scam and they’re taking advantage of you and religion. Very few indian temples have entrance fees. And if they do, they have a clearly labeled booth outside. If you want to experience a Hindu temple, then I suggest you come to Akshardham in New Delhi. It’s the largest hindu temple in the world and it’s basically a religious theme park. Entry is free too. He’s also from Delhi Police. -You guys are protecting Akshardham? -Yeah. -Achchha, very good. So there’s no scammers in here? No bad people here?
-No, no. -Just good people. -Okay, thank you. -Bye. To our temperature unlikely to find scammer debt because it’s So well policed by the members at the krishna s con temples and the sikh religions good at by the temples they’ll even house you and feed you and expect nothing in return Let’s go into the gurudwara behind us and i’ll show exactly how they give back to people Anyone who wants a drink can just come along here and grab one, right outside the temple on the road here. Achchha! (Okay!) This is the guesthouse complex behind the temple, the gurudwara. So this is the kitchen inside the gurudwara, and this is where all the food is prepared. So in front of us they’re making a roti here. Over here they’re frying the roti. And these massive pots are where they cook the curry in. So this guy’s stirring the dal around in this massive pot. And it’s so big because anyone can come and eat here: it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. Everybody’s equal in a temple and in a gurudwara. So we’re coming up to the dining hall here. A bit on this sign says beware of pickpocket. So you take a plate from this guy and everybody here are volunteers. And this is where everybody’s eating, this is a dining hall. You can this guy in the middle-of-the-road, handing out the food. And after all the eating is done, there’s volunteers out here cleaning all the plates. And if you don’t want to take off your shoes and go inside, they’re feeding people outside as well. That kind of selfless giving is exactly what religion should be about. About looking after each other, about including each other and about being good people. Not profiting off visitors. If you’re coming to India, check out my quick start survival guide at It’ll help you get ready quickly, so you can have a safe trip through incredible India. Before I go, I want to give a big thank you to everybody who’s liking, subscribing and commenting on my channel. Please go and check out the rest of my channel. Go and check the rest of my channel and check out my other videos on scamming in India, and my life in India. The other thing that happened at that temple and Om-kar-esh-k… The other thing that happened at that temple and Omkareshwar… Did I say that right? Woohoo!


100 Responses

  1. Johnson Lyng

    August 25, 2019 1:19 pm

    If religious places are full of cheaters n touts then where in India is safe for foreign tourist??!!

  2. chander rawat

    August 25, 2019 4:43 pm

    Brother you are doing very good job. We couldn't expose scams like this despite indians but you have done it keep it up

  3. tma 001

    August 25, 2019 6:07 pm

    These guys are trying to make a living in harsh conditions making 2 or 3 dollars here and there.
    If you really want to see religious scammers on a huge scale go down to the south in the USA, some of the evangelical scammers there are worth 100s of millions of dollars with their mansions, huge yachts and private Lear jets.

  4. Ildefonso Sosa

    August 25, 2019 11:53 pm

    Lol it's hard to believe scammers are trying to make money out of religion 😂 Religion and everyone associated with it is a small dumb ass ! GTFO


    August 26, 2019 5:01 pm

    But not all are like this…some of them are like tjis but by your videos you are showing that all temples are like this so plzz think about it

  6. Prettygurlchelsea Life

    August 26, 2019 7:41 pm

    Wow it’s shocking how they would do this in the mosque 🕌 anyways they know what’s the consequences since they are Muslims just like me

  7. Nasty Roid

    August 27, 2019 4:32 am

    Press dislike if you hate scammers but love india
    Edit: i can still see them clearly even when u blurred it

  8. elaineg60

    August 27, 2019 3:36 pm

    The last time I went to India and didn’t have my Indian friends with me, (as I had on every previous trip), I was absolutely overwhelmed by scammers. Having practiced Sanatana Dharma for over 20 years and spent quite a bit of time there before; it saddened me to see how aggressive they have gotten. I was actually threatened, more than once, when I tried to politely decline their offers of rides, goods or food. It was the first time I actually feared for my safety there, and had it not been for the wonderful people at the Ashram I stayed it; I likely would have cut my trip short and missed the Maha Kumbha Mela. (YES, I’m well aware of how crazy it gets, but most of the scariest experiences were before I even got to Rishikesh). I don’t know if it’s gotten worse in recent years or because I was traveling solo most of the time; but I’ve NEVER been so aggressively attacked like I was at the train stations AND ON the trains. When I got to Rishikesh, I discovered my jacket and backpack straps (I wore it in front rather than on my back), were CUT, as was the back of my jacket, all the way through to my Shalwar Kameez. Returning to Delhi, the police THANKFULLY, were nearby when I was pushed down and..the only way to describe it would be like a US football pile-on. I thought I was being trampled by people trying to get onto the train, but the police who rescued me said they would have taken everything had they not been around and never to travel alone again. 😔. While I HAD usually traveled in a group or at least with one other person in previous trips; I’d ventured out on my own several times, but NEVER went through what I did that last time. My eldest daughter was seriously considering visiting some friends in Chennai until she heard about what I had gone through. As a very attractive, very small 30yr old blond, our Indian friends told her not to go until she had someone to go with her. I have LOVED my trips to India, “The land of beautiful, extreme opposites”; but I couldn’t recommend females going on a solo trip. One funny experience I had while sitting with a very sweet Chai Walla, telling him how I had become “addicted” to my home-made chai that another very old Chai Walla had taught me to make almost 18 years ago. (I make AND drink over a gallon a day..seriously 😂. I also make it for friend & family gatherings, even making it with a much stronger (higher caffeine) tea from China-my kids call it Mom’s Super-Chai 😁) Anyways, as I sat there in Vrindavan awaiting a driver, sipping hot Chai, no less than 4-5 men claiming to be “Holy Sadhu’s” came up to me and asked if I was there to “make final arrangements”. (If you don’t know why, google it, it’s a fascinating story). Apparently some British film crews had just been there doing a documentary. When I assured one of them that I was healthy and was visiting friends, he asked if I wanted to see the “most special Hindu Temple in all India”, that he knew people there and could get me a personalized tour. Out of curiosity, I asked him what exactly made it the “most special”, he told me they had “the ONLY real Gold Shiva Lingam” and a “Ganesh statue unlike anything ever seen”. Uhmm…😂 I told him I didn’t have time, but perhaps next time I was there I could visit his “most special Hindu Temple”. Along with the book you offer, I HIGHLY recommend people do their research before going to India…Also, we have some absolutely breath-taking Temples right here in the US. (Two of my favorites are the Ganesh Temple in Flushing, Queens, NY-who along with beautiful “statues” has a delicious canteen; and Sri Venketeswar Temple outside of Pittsburgh, Pa, who also have incredible food. Both are free and the people are wonderful and usually love to explain everything to you!). Great channel!

  9. David Basinski

    August 27, 2019 5:26 pm

    From a fan,
    Thank you for the invaluable insights provided in your videos.
    Can't help but wonder how different your approach by scammers would be if you did not initially start out speaking Hindi?
    Your book is in my Amazon shopping cart.

  10. Vicc Shokeen

    August 29, 2019 12:01 pm

    Gurudwara’s are best, I want to thank all my Sikh bros by making this comment. Every country I visited they have fed me. One day I want to do some donation there out of my will. 🙏🏻

  11. R. S.

    August 29, 2019 10:28 pm

    I got scammed like that at a temple and I’m Indian, never would of thought, it’s a disgrace to the religious, people go there for spirituality and truly humble. They’re actually just locals…etc operating for themselves, they’ll never bother regular devotees.

  12. Katrina M

    August 30, 2019 2:48 am

    Going inside a hindu temple and making fun of a VIP pass!! U know each temple has a VIP pass if U don’t want it don’t use it and wait in normal long line!! And news for u each Puja done by a pujari or a pundit will cost some amount for his work!! And each temple has a small office or window to pay for the service officially!! Again disgusting video and a disgusting man!!

  13. Mister Jake

    August 30, 2019 3:44 am

    indians talk.. they nod there head sideways… same as they dance…. same when they disagree… like your other video asking for rice… when a woman confronted the scammer

  14. luck pon

    August 30, 2019 12:32 pm

    Indians and pakkies are probably the most corrupt nations on planet earth…how do i know? Cause im one!!

  15. Rocky G

    August 30, 2019 6:28 pm

    My friend u are venturing at Muslim places firstly At Ajmer Sharif dargahh ..then jama masjid,the coka cola can that u purchased from the shop that was in jama masjid premises he charged u RS 50 for a RS 35 can…well u must remember for Muslim every Non muslim " Non Believer" is a "KAPHIR" & It's considered Shabab( good thing) to cheat n steal from people of other religions…make them fool etc .. don't visit 🚫Muslim Shrines 🚷or otherwise u 'r just ensuring to get scammed

  16. The Grimwiz

    August 30, 2019 6:38 pm

    Religion is the biggest scam in the history of mankind. And yes, all the religions including mine.

  17. S K

    August 31, 2019 4:01 am

    You doing a great job brother, they won't approach the local residents, hence bcoz of you, they are getting exposed, like one of the brother said previously, don't blur those scammers and sorry to correct you, that Akshardam Temple is one the largest temple or we can say, 3rd largest temple in the world.. Peace and Love from Tamil Nadu..

  18. Tech gamers and hackers

    August 31, 2019 9:21 am

    Indian and every other country there are lots of bad people but this world is alive bcoz of some good people like Karl

  19. Zippi Zebra

    August 31, 2019 4:33 pm

    In Sri Lanka the priest gives the same price for a tourist and a local for a pooja and you need to approach the priest they don’t come to you and lastly you pay before. Just to clarify all are fixed price on a ticket same in Malaysia.

  20. Spiek

    September 2, 2019 9:07 am

    I am not Sikh but I am sure Sikhism is the best religion where I haven't experienced any kind of scammers. I have also learnt from my experience that most Punjabi people are the best kind of people. They are selfless people with helping nature even if you are of another cast/religion etc.
    I would like to mention again that I am not a Sikh or anywhere closer, this is just my own thinking.

  21. Dev Dev

    September 2, 2019 7:17 pm

    Foreigners are not the only ones that people in the temple loot..
    Btw have you ever been to Kumbh mela and lost from your family? May be your brother is a renown Youtuber like you. 😉

  22. C K SINGH

    September 2, 2019 7:31 pm

    All religion have scam.. Lots of Maulana.. Takes money for halala Or money for urj..
    Don't show partiality. Y u nt go to church where they convert religion for money

  23. Thanks for another bad haircut, Mom! NoFirstName

    September 4, 2019 9:33 pm

    Scam scam scam…go to a wonderful country and be beaten down by one scammer after another. Fuck that. I’ll stay in the US.

  24. S T

    September 5, 2019 1:33 am

    This SOB making money of Indians by abusing Indians and showing in his channel. He is also selling a book of his experience. Take a hike from my country you moron.

  25. Avijit the buddy

    September 6, 2019 1:51 pm

    Travel anywhere in the world u will get scammers everywhere, it's not just India. That's basic funda of traveling.


    September 6, 2019 6:39 pm

    हमलोग कब तक अपना गलती छुपाते रहेंगे। इस बंदे ने मंदिर या हिन्दू धर्म को ख़राब नहीं बोला। यहां के चूतिय पंडित को बोला। मैं agree करता हूं इससे। आप 5 बिलियन की economy बनना चाहते हैं, तो बिना टूरिस्ट सेक्टर के ये पॉसिबल नहीं है। सरकार के साथ साथ जनता को भी इनके खिलाफ आना होगा । काश ये चितियो को सद्बुद्धि दे भगवान जो इस टूरिस्ट को अपनी गलती छुपाने के लिए pudipai का एजेंट बोल रहे हैं।

  27. Won Mind

    September 7, 2019 3:34 am

    Hooollld up Karl, religion is bullshit but gods real so dont expect people to be different thats from a religion they are the same as everyone else

  28. Shivam Dwivedi

    September 10, 2019 10:36 am

    I'm from India. I feel so sorry for all the foreign touristers. Actually India is the world's 2nd most populated country so People here are earning their bread and butter by hook or by crook.
    " Be aware of such scammers, even I got scammed in delhi and haridwar."
    I appreciate your video, Keep making and aware people so that they will not get scammed.

  29. Ken Piras Kriezis Spatas

    September 10, 2019 2:20 pm

    Your the same my friend. Your selling as well. You tricked me as well. By the book. Haha. You all are scammers! Y were you listening to that guy? You were asking him on purpose! You snake you. west Europe is the Mother scammer!

  30. hellfire films

    September 10, 2019 2:24 pm

    Dude all of these people are criminals you can get them arrested for doing these thinks specially the guy who sold you a coke above the maximum retail price

  31. Extracts

    September 11, 2019 3:09 pm

    OMG so true so me and my mom went to Lahore and we went to some big and famous mosque and after praying they were telling us fake stuff about Islam and asked us to give 100 rupees which we gave to them after that they offered to teach us about Islamic stuff (even though we are muslims) for 1000 rupees so we said no but they kept following and annoyed the shit out of us like we just wanted to leave after prayer in the first place so I just suggest foreigners to keep your eyes wide open,thankyou.


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