The box lot # matches the bottle lot # that is always a good sign. I don't see anything grossly different from known genuine bottles...the really big unanswered question is how was is stored...If in India and it was HOT it could have lost some of it's top notes, but even that isn't a really big deal if you get a good price. You said he won't let you smell it??? That would concern me. If he is close enough that you could pick it up, offer him a few rupees to spritz once on your arm...before you buy.