IRCTC to set up anti-fraud squad at the internet ticketing centre

The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has cracked whip on ticket agents, who charge up to five times more than the original e-ticket fee.They also hack into the website of the IRCTC to corner bulk of Tatkal tickets. Passengers being charged Rs. 100 for a confirmed train ticket by travel agents are actually being duped because the actual fee is just Rs 20.

The IRCTC has stumbled this scam recently. A software package has been developed by sub-agents via which they hack the IRCTC website and book Tatkal tickets at the opening hours of 8 to 9am.

This has led the IRCTC to fix an anti-fraud squad in the internet ticketing centre. Vigilance department has introduced new rules for booking e-tickets.

Henceforth, only one user can register on a single email ID for booking tickets. Agents have been barred to book normal as well as Tatkal tickets during the opening hours of the IRCTC website between 8 to 9am.

Also registration of sub-agents and all new principal has been stopped.