7 forms of Petrol Pump frauds (its a nation huge rip-off)


I bought cheated at a Petrol Pump yesterday for ₹ 400.

Yesterday I went to a BPCL petrol pump to fill petrol in my automotive, the place all of it occurred.

I requested the attendant for a “Full Tank”. I usually get out of my automotive and stand close to the particular person filling it, however I used to be in a dialog with my pal and trusted the petrol pump as I’ve been there fairly a lot of instances. Nevertheless, this time I made a mistake.

The attendant requested me to see the ZERO on the meter after which began filling the petrol. As soon as the meter began and I assumed that every little thing is ok, he stopped at ₹ 400 and began billing.

I knew this tactic the place they are saying “Oh .. I assumed you mentioned ₹ 400”. So I informed him to go away it at that time and invoice it to me for  ₹ 400 solely. I paid the quantity and went forward.

Nevertheless, my automotive indicator was nonetheless exhibiting the identical “51 km” which it was exhibiting earlier than I went to petrol pump and didn’t go previous it. That’s after I realized that I used to be a sufferer of one other Petrol Pump fraud, which I used to be unaware of. I already went too removed from the petrol pump and had no proof of the incidence that occurred.  Nevertheless, I used to be certainly tricked.

I bought again my Rs 400 and provide to terminate the worker

My speedy subsequent was to lodge a complain on BPCL web site with all particulars and I used to be fairly shocked and glad to see that I bought a name again from the petrol pump supervisor inside 30 minutes.

He accepted the error and supplied to pay again the gasoline price ₹ 400 and likewise terminate the worker if discovered responsible. I informed the supervisor that I don’t want him to get terminated on this laborious instances. It is going to be sufficient if he can warn that particular person strictly and take measures to make sure this doesn’t occur once more.

Please hearken to my Three min audio recording with Petrol Pump Supervisor.


As we speak I visited the petrol pump once more as requested by the petrol pump major supervisor (he was not current that day after I bought scammed). He was fairly useful and courteous in explaining all of the issues to me. He additionally bought my automotive crammed for Rs 400 petrol in order that I’m not in loss. Aside from that, he additionally confirmed me their automation system which information each entry with the time stamp.

I used to be capable of see the entry of Rs 401.50 for the precise time and date. Nevertheless as I mentioned, the petrol didn’t attain my automotive in any respect. As I mentioned I used to be not attentive sufficient that day. I assume the petrol was getting crammed in another car or container (test Fraud #Four under) which I’ll depart the petrol pump to research utilizing their CCTV. I used to be additionally supplied by petrol pump to do 5 ltr gasoline take a look at incase I need to.

Please be aware that I’m not holding BPCL or supervisor chargeable for what occurred. After I met the supervisor, and requested all of the questions I had –  I’m satisfied that it was purely worker mischief on this incident.

Additionally I need to acknowledge that BPCL was fairly quick in resolving my case and the petrol pump supervisor was additionally fairly immediate to research the case.

Is that this a brand new sort of petrol pump rip-off which bought invented?

This bought me fascinated about the quantum of those sorts of scams and frauds which occur nearly each minute in our nation in nearly all of the cities of India, the place folks get cheated of small quantities like ₹ 50, ₹ 20 or ₹ 500….

99% of the individuals who get scammed aren’t even conscious of it. Others who’re bit conscious, they make a scene for two minutes, might get a refund and the matter is closed.

Large “Small Scams” occurring throughout the Petrol Pumps

There are near 60,000 – 70,000 petrol pumps in our nation. Think about the quantity which is looted collectively by all petrol pumps (leaving those that are clear) even when they do small frauds.

I really feel it’s so rampant that it’d quantity to hundreds of crores which is but to be investigated intimately.

So to make everybody conscious, I began digging web, YouTube and numerous different platforms like Crew-BHP, Quora, and so forth to test experiences of different individuals who bought cheated and considered compiling an inventory of various methods by which petrol pump attendants together with house owners/managers in some circumstances defrauds prospects.

So let’s see numerous frauds one after the other ..

Fraud #1 – Quick Fueling by distraction

That is commonest and extensively skilled fraud which might be completed fairly simply in case you are not alert. Right here is the way it occurs;

You ask for petrol price ₹ 500, and the meter is already at ₹ 100 (the particular person earlier than you crammed it for ₹ 100) . The particular person tries to point out that he’s resetting the meter to ZERO, when you are distracted by one other particular person. He doesn’t reset the meter in actuality, however begins from ₹ 100 itself and goes until ₹ 500.

You pay ₹ 500, however you get the gasoline solely price ₹ 400 solely.

If the meter is already set to ZERO, then they use one other trick.

So that you ask for petrol for ₹ 500, the attendant asks you to test the meter at ZERO after which stats filling the petrol and stops at ₹ 100. Whenever you ask him why he stopped at ₹ 100, he tells you that he heard ₹ 100 solely. Then he says that no points, he’ll reset and fill one other ₹ 400 (will give some crap technical purpose why he can’t proceed from that very same level).

At this level somebody from his workforce distracts you whereas the attendant begins filling from ₹ 100 onwards itself, whenever you suppose that he had reset the meter again to ZERO. Then he goes until ₹ 400 and expenses you ₹ 500 (₹ 100 + ₹ 400). You get petrol price ₹ 400 solely, however pay ₹ 500.

In each these tips, somebody distracts you within the title of PUC, cleansing of car, or will simply ask you some foolish factor and also you flip your eyes away from meter.

Right here is a picture exhibiting the way it works

Except you make a scene then and there itself, it turns into fairly robust to catch them later as a result of by that point the incident in sufficiently old and also you additionally unfastened the curiosity in combating for few hundred rupees.

Fraud #2 – Tweaking fuel-dispensing machines utilizing built-in chips

This can be a clear reduce fraud from the principle house owners of the petrol pumps or at supervisor degree, as a result of on this fraud – an built-in chip is put in within the machine itself. This chip makes positive that 3% much less oil is crammed each time whereas the meter reveals the total quantity. So for those who ask for ₹ 1000 petrol, every little thing will look excellent however you’ll get petrol price ₹ 970 solely.

Even the receipt shall be generated for the total quantity. This can be a small tweak which is finished within the machine itself.

Frauds at petrol pump by installing echip in Machine

Think about 10,000 prospects coming to a petroleum pump and everybody will get 3% much less gasoline. How large is that as a rip-off .. Now multiply that with a whole bunch of petrol pump who could also be doing this.

To learn extra on this sort of fraud, you’ll be able to learn this text the place it’s defined intimately about how the chip works and the methodology

Fraud #3 – Filling the pricey model of Oil (Velocity / Energy) with out asking

This isn’t precisely a fraud, however an unethical factor which a lot of the petrol pumps do.

They by default begin filling the more expensive model of the oil (Velocity Petrol or Energy Petrol) with out buyer asking for it. Many of the automobiles or bikes in India run completely fantastic with the unleaded model of oil which is the default factor. Then there are excessive octane fuels which might value 5-10% greater than the traditional value.

Lots of petrol pumps information their workers to NOT ASK which model to fill and instantly begin filling the excessive efficiency gasoline. And for those who catch them and query them, they inform you that it’s your duty to clear in begin which one you wished.

You could need to confer with this video from AskCarguru on this matter or learn my article

Fraud #4 : Blocking your Mirror and Filling Oil to a different Automobile

That is a sophisticated degree of fraud completed by some excessive danger taker workers of the petrol pumps. That is completed to those that like to take a seat within the consolation of their automobiles and utterly belief the petrol pumps.

On this case, the particular person filling the petrol pump will present you the meter and set it at ZERO after which are available in between of your left mirror and gasoline tank. Whereas fueling, he’ll cease at ₹ 200, ₹ 300, ₹ 500 or some quantity like that and gives you numerous causes for why he stopped, for instance, he’s coming in 2 min or he has to convey swipe machine or begin generator, and so forth. As soon as he’s again, he’ll begin from the identical level.

You’ll really feel every little thing is regular; nevertheless, the trick is that earlier than he left, he was truly filling the oil in another car (clearly one other man is concerned). Your mirror was blocked from seeing what is going on and also you have been both on a cellphone name or have been listening to music, and so forth.

I assume that is what occurred with me just lately as I used to be in a dialog with my pal and was bit careless (as I had used the identical gasoline station many instances! poor me)

Right here is expertise of Mr. Rananjay Singh shared on quora

Fraud #5 – Begin-Cease Trick to create an air lock (Lengthy Nozzle)

Lots of instances, the attendant whereas filling the oil, doesn’t lock the dispenser nozzle into the tank neck and manually retains urgent the beginning and cease button repeatedly. This makes positive that some amount of oil is locked into the dishing out machine as a result of air lock which is created.

As per the research, 200 ml of oil is saved for each 10 liters of oil. Which signifies that in case you are asking for FULL Tank, you might be in all probability loosing near 500-750 ml relying in your tank measurement.

Additionally if the dispenser nozzle is a protracted one, an honest quantity of oil stays within the nozzle.

Contemplating hundreds of liters of oil offered by a petroleum pump daily, it in all probability saves them dozens of liters of oil, which I and you might be paying for.

The answer for that is easy. Ensure the attendant locks the nozzle and doesn’t interrupt until the auto-cutoff level is reached. Additionally the hosepipe ought to be raised as excessive as doable whereas taking it out of the tank.

Fraud #6 – Resetting the Meter to your ultimate quantity in between

This can be a trick which reveals how modern individuals are.

On this trick, suppose you requested the attendant to fill petrol for ₹ 2,000. He reveals you ZERO within the meter and begins filling the petrol.

The whole lot goes fantastic.. However in the direction of the top when the meter reveals round 1600-1700 and also you get a sense that now nobody can rip-off you, some random man will disturb you for numerous issues like “Card or Money” or “PUC” or “Fortunate Draw” and issues like that.

You’re already relaxed now as a result of you’ve gotten been cautious sufficient from begin considering “what can go improper now”.

The billing time comes, you test the meter and it reveals your ultimate quantity of Rs 2,000. You pay the invoice and depart.

Congratulations! You’re scammed of few hundred rupees.

What occurred?

So when the meter was at ₹ 1,700, and you bought disturbed and diverted your consideration to one thing else. The man who was filling the petrol stopped filling the oil, did reset the meter to ₹ 2,000 (whereas the variety of liters didn’t change).

We usually have a look at the quantity solely and never pay a lot consideration to the amount displayed. Some web sites the place I researched about this fraud additionally talked about that in this sort of unauthorized meter reset, the meter quantity blinks which is a sign that it was reset in a improper method.

Right here is Vivek sharing his expertise of an identical incident in our previous article feedback part

Fraud #7 – “Low Engine Oil or Coolant” Scare

One other fraud isn’t concerning the petrol or diesel, however scaring automotive or bike house owners of low engine oil or low coolant after which promoting their merchandise. I’ve seen this a number of instances occurring at some petrol pumps the place they provide to test the engine oil degree and refill the water degree. I don’t perceive why my engine oil is at all times low solely after I attain the petrol pump.

As soon as I realised that it was simply to scare me so as to promote their merchandise, I at all times inform them that my automotive goes for the servicing subsequent day.

Right here is an incident which was reported at Moneylife the place they have been cheated into believing that their engine oil was diluted they usually have been offered 5 packets of servo engine oil, which they bought refund for later as soon as they discovered the rip-off.

This even occurs at Shell Petrol pumps that are usually fairly well-known for no scams (which I agree). Right here is an incident which was reported at Crew-BHP web site by one among their members

Who’s concerned in these frauds? Worker or House owners?

Majority of the time, it’s the attendant who’s chargeable for the small frauds and dishonest which entails few hundred rupees.

They perform some on their very own and a few with assist of fellow attendants. Nevertheless, in some circumstances even the petrol pump incharge/supervisor is likely to be concerned with the attendants in such frauds.

Lots of people say that supervisor/proprietor is likely to be concerned as a result of the attendents take funds utilizing the playing cards/paytm/google pay and never money at all times. Even on this case the attendents would possibly have the ability to profit. It is because the funds occur by each money and card and on the finish of the day, they might regulate the quantities.

Having mentioned that, a few of you would possibly suppose how precisely your complete course of is carried out.

To know this let’s have a look at a state of affairs.

At each petrol pump, meter studying on the petrol merchandising machine is taken initially and finish of the day. Typically it’s taken throughout shift modifications. So, the purpose right here to notice is that the meter studying of begin and finish is taken.

Every transaction isn’t reported one after the other. So on the finish of the day solely factor which is checked is the oil offered and quantity collected by Money and Card. If a fraud is finished for Rs 500 and the fee occurred by card, the attendant can take the Money of Rs 500 out of all of the money collected. That’s all

Right here is an easy instance

Now suppose based on meter studying the sale made for that specific interval is ₹ 900 only for understanding the system. There have been two patrons who crammed the oil, you and me.

You paid by card and I paid by money. Now you requested for ₹ 500 gasoline, however the attendant crammed your tank solely with ₹ 400 of gasoline. Then I got here and requested for ₹ 500 gasoline and bought gasoline for whole quantity and paid ₹ 500 in money. Now, on the finish of those two transactions. The quantity that’s with attendant is ₹ 1,000 (₹ 500 card fee slip + ₹ 500 in money). Nevertheless, the full gasoline offered is just for ₹ 900 (₹ 400 to you + ₹ 500 to me). Therefore, he conveniently takes out ₹ 100 money from his assortment and pays ₹ 900 to the petrol pump incharge/supervisor.

This ₹ 100 will then be distributed among the many conspirators as per the agreed percentages.

Observe that solely within the large frauds that are manipulation of machine it self, the proprietor or supervisor is likely to be concerned.

The place to complain towards Petrol Pump?

Step one is to ask for the “criticism e-book” of the petrol pump and register your criticism regionally. Every Oil firm has a criticism register e-book at each petrol pump station which they have a look at throughout audits and inspection. The petrol pump attendant or proprietor/supervisor will first attempt to offer you causes for not having it or will persuade you to not register the criticism. However ensure you do it.

Aside from that you could lodge your criticism on-line on the oil firm web site. I did complain on Bharat Petroleum web site about this concern

Complaint Online for Petrol Pumps in India

Once I checked on web, many individuals reported that it’s useful and actions are taken in few weeks or months. Right here is the hyperlinks which you need to use

Essential Precautions to Take

  • If you’re in automotive, at all times come out and hold an in depth watch on the meter and the way they’re filling the petrol
  • All the time be sure the meter is reset to ZERO in entrance of your eyes.
  • All the time ensure that the meter reveals ZERO whereas the oil nozzle is entered within the automotive tank.
  • All the time ask for the digital receipt after the oil is crammed. Ensure earlier than filling the petrol you test if there’s digital meter or not.
  • All the time keep away from speaking or entertaining anybody in between so far as doable.
  • Be sure to pay on the finish of the transaction
  • Incase meter is stopped for any purpose, provide to only full the transaction and fill the petrol at subsequent station or subsequent day.
  • In case you aren’t glad with something or need to complain – do insist for the criticism e-book, because the oil firms take the criticism e-book very severely.

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