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Fuel station scams in India.. Be Cautious !


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Hello Friends,

A first I would like to congratulate all.


These days I was so curious about INDIA DRIVE as it explores nearby travel destinations which most of us are not aware of.


So this made me to be part of it.

This Post is about few Fuel Stations (Petrol Stations) in Hyderabad where you can easily get cheated.


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It was my personal experience in HP Fuel station near BJP Office, Kukatpally -Hyderabad.


One Night I drove to this fuel station & asked the boy to fill 2000 INR of Petrol.


1st Stage of cheating:

Instead of 2000 INR, the fellow set the machine to 20lts. If you don’t look at the reading your gone..

Ofcourse this will be happened in most of the cases. So be cautious at the machine & the person over there.

But in this station, they even know how to manage this..


2nd stage of Cheating:


In My case, for 2000 INR, ll get Aprox 28lts of petrol. But he set the machine for only 20lts(Instead of 2000 INR) & started filling the fuel.


When I asked him for other 8lts, he again set the machine. so I was looking for my card as I taught they will fill the 8lts as he set the machine but here comes the



just hold the fuel gun inside the fuel tank,not press the fuel gun.


By the time you look at him, he remove the fuel gun.


You cant even find the meter reading as he already pressed the reset button. If we ask him, he ask us to check our meter reading.


Because he knew that we cant find the difference of 20lts & 28lts in our car Fuel gauge.


In here if we observe their posture..

they hold fuel gun with one hand & other hand will be on the meter keyboard.


When you look at the wallet for cash/card (even for One SEC), they remove the fuel gun & immediately press the reset button on the meter with other hand.


If we ask them, they say sir only 8lts hey na.. kam time lagega.


At first, I didt noticed this.. but next time when I have been there, same thing happened again.. so I observed the next car..


LOL.. worker did the same for him too (this time its even bigger, Its 3000INR, he got only 30lts:cry: instead of 42).


This happens more on bikes.. for 200 you will get only 2lts of fuel..


Not only this, I think there are other fuel stations in the city which follows the same strategy.. So friends, be very cautious towards this:confused:.


Some of the Important Tips are:

  1. Always look at the Fuel meter till the end & Pay him in the last..
  2. Don't look the wallet or beautiful girls (if any ;)) in the middle of the process
  3. Keep an eye on the person who fill the fuel
  4. Some times when you are observing, other person try to divert your mind. So don't give him that chance:fight:
  5. Don't be hurry (they can easily cheat you if you are in hurry)


Hope this will be useful..


Please TAG if you find any similar fuel stations in the city..

flag Thank You^^

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Nice post.

Some times when you are observing, other person try to divert your mind. So don’t give him that chance

I have faced this issues many times.

After few lessons.

Now I follow the following procedure.

1. Park the car.

2. Turn off the engine and open the fuel cap.

3. Get out of the car.

4. Stay with the fuel attendant.

5. Once everything is done, take the bill and leave. :)

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Nice post about the scams happening in the petrol bunks in India .

Would definitely be of help to all the users..


I have been a victim of such fraudulent tricks a few times which went unnoticed. One such petrol bunk in Hyderabad is the


Bharat Petroleum station in Moosapet which comes between the 'Y'-Junction and the Bharat nagar flyover.



1. Get out of your car, lock the vehicle and stand close to petrol tank and observe the readings.

2. Always check in your left side mirror while the entire fueling and get suspicious if staff is standing in between.


I would appreciate if someone can share their experiences about such fraudulent fuel stations in the city.

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Good information.


Cheating in petrol bunks is common across India.


Some cheat at meter readings and some by adulterating fuel.


Issue that we faced recently.

A month back while driving from Bangalore to Hyderabad.


We filled up on Bangalore-Hyderabad highway after crossing the Airport.


We were in my brand new Renault duster, which has done around 9k kilometers.

We felt engine was straining to pick-up the pace. But I thought it was due to service pending at 10k.


After crossing Chikkballapur, I saw yellow light on the instrument cluster.


Car went into limp mode. Was not able to cross 100km/hr.


I quickly made a call to Renault customer care. They said it was due to adulterated fuel.


With the help of local mechanic on the highway, we were able to drain the fuel, around 40 litres wasted.


Looking at the fuel, mechanic told it was mixed with water

We got 10 litres of diesel from the nearest fuel station.


Later we got to know many people faced this issue recently.


We managed to reach Hyderabad, but car was still in limp mode. Not able to cross 100km/hr.


We visited the service centre next day.

Fuel filter was replaced, He said we are lucky that filter was able to detect water in the fuel.


For some old cars, it may be tough to detect. Ultimately will cause engine damage.

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