Category: Scams in the City

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Aura Explorers Abusing Girls

Is negative energy preventing you from achieving your goals or passing a test? Do you want to be more attractive and successful? Then perhaps you need your aura cleansed...

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Online Dating Deception

Love and lust, facilitated by dating apps, can make people blind to fraud. Indonesia’s dating scene has changed big time over the past 20 years. Going to bars in the...

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New Year, Old Cons

Despite repeated calls for a national ‘mental revolution’, Indonesia remains ripe for scams perpetrated by self-styled holy men claiming magical powers. Police in...

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Dirty Money

When buying votes or buying sex, some people resort to using counterfeit cash. Results can be fatal. The precise amount of counterfeit money in circulation in Indonesia...

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The Old School Swindle

Police in Jakarta have busted a syndicate that tricked parents into believing their children had been involved in accidents, requiring the immediate transfer of funds...

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Opinion: Rent-a-Mobs & Religious Red Herrings

(Note: The views, anecdotes and opinions in this article belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Indonesia Expat.)  Paying people to stage...

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Pulling Your Leg

Some creative beggars are posing as amputees in order to elicit more sympathy. Meanwhile, one gang is kidnapping children and putting them to work as beggars. The...

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Jakarta Man Withdraws Fake Money from ATM

A man in South Jakarta was surprised to find one of the bills he withdrew from a Bank Mandiri ATM in early October was actually fake money.

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King Con: How Dimas Kanjeng Graduated from Tricks to Murder

A con man who pretended he could magically double people’s money was just operating a Ponzi scheme cloaked in religious mysticism. It fell apart after he allegedly...

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Environmental Scams: Blue and Green Aren’t Gold

Alternative energy is big business, so it’s no surprise that it attracts controversy, scandals and scams. It seems just about anyone can be taken in by a hoax,...

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Financial Planners from Hell

(UPDATE 9/30/16: This article has been retroactively updated to remove identities of individuals and specific company names that have been accused of wrongdoings by the...

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A Magnet for Cyber Scammers

In the past five years, Indonesia has arrested hundreds of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals for cybercrime. Why are foreign cyber criminals flocking to Indonesia and what...

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Scams in the City: Love Bugs

People are still falling prey to online romance scams. An aspiring lawyer and a wealthy socialite are among the latest victims. The voice was feminine, alluring and...

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Pokémon NO?

Love it or hate it, Pokémon GO’s augmented reality is the future of gaming. It’s also a magnet for scammers. “Have you got Pokémon GO on your phone?” a...