Indian consulate warns of special flights scam

By Eudore R. Chand

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DUBAI 25 May 2020: The Consulate General of India in Dubai has warned expatriates in the UAE of a scam operation that offers seats on non-existent special/chartered flights back home to India.

“It has come to our notice that certain people and travel agencies in UAE are contacting Indian nationals in name of forthcoming chartered flights to various destinations in India and in some cases, alluring them to pay money in advance for airfare and quarantine charges in India,” the consulate said yesterday.

The consulate General advised all Indian nationals living in UAE that the Government of India has yet not accorded approval for any such chartered flights as of now.

“A proposal of chartered flight to India, if any, for any designated purpose, will be approved by the Government of India and routed through Consulate General of India, Dubai during the current crisis of Covid-19 and till resumption of normal international civil aviation services between India and UAE,” the consulate said.

It said Indian nationals are advised not to fall prey to any such people/agents.

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