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A Stolen Credit Card & A Fellow Desi: A True Story

This is a true story. It doesn’t have anything to do with Indian weddings but it does relate to the hospitality industry. And I wanted to share this with ShaadiShop readers because it’s something we can all relate to. And please comment or email us with your favorite desi’s helping desi’s story.

My credit card was stolen and I didn’t even know it. I still had my physical credit card, safely tucked away in my wallet. So technically the credit card number and info were stolen. And someone used my info on a fake credit card.

The thing that makes this story so great, is how the theft was discovered.

As we know a lot of desis are in the hotel/motel business. And that’s how my stolen credit card was discovered. The Uncle working registration at a small hotel in Anaheim, California, saw my name “Samta Jain” on the credit card and knew something was off when the non-Indian man tried to use that card to book a room.

The Uncle confiscated the card and contacted my credit card company, who then informed me. Up to that point I had no idea about the theft. So I was even more grateful that he contacted the credit card company otherwise, there probably would have been  even more bogus charges to my card.

It’s great being desi, sharing a bond and helping other desis too.

Do you have a favorite or memorable desi’s helping desi’s story? Comment and tell us about it!

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“We’re so glad we joined ShaadiShop to market this hotel to the South Asian community in the Orange County area. Every wedding we close from their leads returns more than 3x our investment. Moreover, they pre-qualify leads and educate consumers creating a much better sales cycle for our catering team. Venues looking to reach this market, join ShaadiShop!”


Ryan Hurd
Catering Sales Manager
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

“We just booked a full Indian wedding through ShaadiShop at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. In addition to the business, we appreciate the exposure ShaadiShop creates about our venue, as the couple didn’t know about our resort until ShaadiShop told them about us. Additionally, we appreciate the pre-qualification work that ShaadiShop does to match couples and venues that are a good fit for each other. We had all the info needed to conduct the initial meeting. What a great service for venues to market to the South Asian community!”

Angie Florence
Catering Sales Manager
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort

“Cannot say enough good things about the service from Samta and ShaadiShop who helped us research venues for our wedding this year. We wanted a non-hotel venue, and to get married within 6 months. ShaadiShop immediately found us venues, contacted them and educated us about all the things we needed to think about while selecting a venue. They put all the info together in a fabulous, super impressive, spreadsheet that helped us compare venues – seriously amazing and such a great help. Working with them made the whole stressful process MUCH easier and I can’t believe it was all free! ShaadiShop’s website is fantastic and such a great service for South Asians – so glad I found them!”

Anjli Shah, Bride

“Shaadishop helped me not only find venues but also understand how they work, the fees, and tips that I wouldn’t have otherwise known. Definitely a need service in the desi community. And best of all, it was free!!”

Hinna Shaikh, Bride

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