Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

The Root of All Evil

A travel agency has scammed millions of dollars from Muslims who wanted to visit Mecca. Victims are now clamouring for reimbursement. With religion being compulsory in...

King Con Gets 18 Years for Murders

Notorious conman and cult leader Taat Pribadi, who gave himself the noble-sounding title of Dimas Kanjeng, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for orchestrating the...

In the Name of the Fraudster

Indonesian media recently seized on the story of a gang that forged letters from President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to request financial support for his re-election bid...

Fool’s Gold Fever

If you want to invest in gold, a 1 kilogram bar will set you back about US$40,000 at today’s prices – well beyond the means of most Indonesians. Sensing an...

Bandung Zoo Accuses Fundraiser of Fraud

Indonesian zoos do not enjoy a sterling reputation for animal care. When foreigners try to intervene, officials become upset – especially when money is at stake. An...

Don’t Show, Do Tell

Beware of sharing a nude selfie in Indonesia. You could be extorted or even criminalized. There’s an old internet joke that goes like this: “Warning! If a man comes...

Beware of the Men in Uniform

Posing as policemen and pilots, con men are able to steal women’s hearts and then their money. It is often said that women love a man in uniform. As long as it’s an...

Taking Leaf of Their Sanity

A conman has been arrested near Jakarta after fleecing at least Rp.1 billion (US$75,000) from people who believed his “religious powers” could transform leaves into...

The Rise and Danger of Fake News

Fake news, a symptom of lazy journalism and deliberate mischief-making, is everywhere. Consequences can be fatal. Many moons ago, “fake news” used to be the domain...

Hoax Tourism Expo Scams Exhibitors

There’s a whole industry devoted to making money by exploiting corporate vanity through promotional activities, listings and awards. The ASEAN Travel Mart 2017 was...

Elaborate Blackjack Scam Targets Unwary Expats

Tourists in Bali are still getting invited to houses and ensnared in card games in which they lose big-time. How does it happen? “Where are you from, mister?” It’s...

German Expat and Indonesian Wife Jailed for Bali Resort Swindle

A German and his Indonesian wife convinced an Australian and his Indonesian wife to invest over US$700,000 in the expansion of a resort in Bali. They then used the money...

Papuans Tricked into Sending Kids to Fake Schools

On February 17, police arrested a woman for holding seven Papuan children, aged four to 13, at a house on Jalan Intisari Raya in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta. The woman,...

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