Category: Scams in the City

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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...

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Scams in the City: Fashion Police

Indonesian police are seeking to improve their image by wearing navy blue shirts emblazoned with the slogan Turn Back Crime. Criminals are donning the same apparel to...

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Scams in the City: Don’t Lose Your Goat

Sometimes it’s just not worth reporting a crime in Indonesia. A few weeks ago, I was robbed on a Jakarta bus. A pickpocket deftly removed my Samsung smartphone from my...

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No Google Award, Just a Rape Ad

Police in Lampung province have been left with egg on their faces after announcing they were to receive an award from Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in...

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Scams in the City: Car Trouble

Buying a car online or ‘winning’ one as a prize can be risky business in Indonesia, but even more risky is renting a hire car to a purported celebrity. A failed...

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Hypochondriacs & Hypocrites

What to do if you face trial or jail in Indonesia but you’re too big a coward to take responsibility for your actions? Feign illness, of course. Errant Indonesian...

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Hocus Pocus

Selling useless trinkets under the pretence they contain magical powers remains brisk business in Indonesia. More daring scammers perform simple conjuring tricks to con...

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Rotten Reviews & Bogus Bookings

A holiday should be all about unwinding by replacing any stress with serenity and relaxation. Unfortunately, scammers in the hospitality sector are out to dupe you...

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Scams in the City: Property Pitfalls

A property agency in Jakarta has been scamming expatriates by renting out apartments for terms longer than actual leases. “Quality means operating under the highest...

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Scams in the City: For Worse

Weddings, an essential rite of passage in Indonesia, remain a source of scamming and discontent. It was supposed to be one of the happiest days in the life of Karina...

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014 FILE PHOTO FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, right, walks with Indonesian teaching assistant, Ferdinant Tjiong prior to the start of their trial hearing at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia top court has overruled the acquittal of Bantleman and Tjiong and heightened their sentence to 11 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

Scams in the City: The Punisher

It is often said the Indonesian judiciary is rotten to the core. But there is one Supreme Court judge who always upholds or extends the sentences of corruption felons,...

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Scams in the City: Transgressions of Tolerance

Although some Indonesian transvestites are involved in minor scams, much greater evil comes from bigots who incite intolerance by preaching that cross-dressing is a...

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It’s All in the Mind

Hypnotism – when defined as the act of putting someone into a trance and under your control – is not real. But in Indonesia, many scam victims insist they were...