Category: Scams in the City

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Bleeding Hearts Beware: Fraudulent Donation Scams

With poverty still high in Indonesia, some scammers look to exploit the goodwill of strangers and worshippers by soliciting donations for phony projects.

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...

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Understanding ‘Bule Prices’ in Indonesia

A huge price disparity between local and foreign tourists reaching every sector from transportation threatens Indonesia’s tourism industry.

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...

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Fake Diplomas Reflect Indonesia’s Broken Education System

With chop shops camouflaged as “foreign-licensed” universities or “economic institutes”, the demand for fake diplomas is growing in Indonesia.

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Education Guide 2017

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