Category: Scams in the City

Online Arisan Exposed

A simple Facebook page lured hundreds of Indonesians, mostly housewives, into investing their savings in a scheme offering unfeasibly high returns. It was a classic...

Swipers Still Swiping

Despite the ongoing efforts of Islamic political parties to criminalize sex outside of marriage, Indonesians are still flocking to online dating apps in search of...

Delving into the Dark Web

Much has been written in Indonesia about the ‘deep web’ and the ‘dark web’ – much of it ill-informed scaremongering. Typical of this is an article headlined...

Sexploitation, Lies and Video

Amid the almost daily allegations of sexual abuse by Hollywood celebrities, there is an understandable response of condemnation and moral indignation. In Indonesia, a...

How to Get Poor Fast

One of the most popular ways to get rich in Indonesia is through politics. There are endless possibilities for self-enrichment through abuse of power. When...

Phony Document & Sweepstakes Hustles

Imagine finding a cheque for US$350,000, or picking up a winning sweepstakes ticket on the street. Too good to be true? Yes, it’s an all-too-common scam in Indonesia....

The Online Virginity Auctioneer

A man who auctioned virgins online claims he merely wanted to fund a sexual revolution to free Indonesia from corruption, poverty and violence. Few people are buying it....

Manufacturing Hatred

Punishing those who propagate radical hate-speech is not enough. Their ultimate paymasters must be named and brought to justice. President Joko Widodo’s face is...

Police Bust Bogus Bruneian Businessman Scam

Beware of helping friendly strangers wanting to use your bank account for business or charitable purposes, especially if they try to entice you with a commission....

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...

Bank Indonesia Warns Of Fake Cash Across Country

Bank Indonesia has warned that while counterfeit banknotes have dropped in circulation in recent years consumers must stay savvy as 22,212 fake notes have already been...