Category: Scams in the City

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Sky High Hijinks

Air travel scams are common, but more worrying is that Indonesian airlines have been ranked among the most unsafe in the world. Despite that, it’s still safer to fly...

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Indecent Acts

Social media scamming is on the rise, but authorities need to stop prosecuting people for exercising freedom of speech. About 10 years ago, I worked in a busy Jakarta...

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Scum in the Cities

Indonesian law carries a six-year jail term for negligent drivers who cause fatal accidents. But rich kids in costly cars are usually above the law. Among the tenants of...

Mama Wants Credit, Papa Wants Shares

Police have finally busted one of the most common text message scams in the book; meanwhile, the country’s biggest corruption scandal could just be swept under the...

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Stranger Danger

Beware of people you meet online. And beware of strangers seeking help. An Indonesian man has been jailed in Australia for rape after posing as a woman on Facebook to...

Official Ignorance Is Not Bliss

If Indonesia’s greatest crime of the past century remains swept under the carpet – and cannot even be discussed at a book festival – then what hope is there of...

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The Great Degradable Swindle

Consumers in Indonesia will have noticed that plastic bags from leading chains of convenience stores and supermarkets are now labelled ‘green’ and ‘degradable’....

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Playing for Rain

What to do when the country is suffering its worst drought in five years and the Government yet again fails to stop the illegal burning of forests? In one village,...

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Ripping Off Refugees

A photo of a drowned boy sparked an outpouring of international grief, prompting some Western countries to take more Syrian refugees; but in Indonesia, asylum seekers...

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

Cybercrime is on the rise in Indonesia. Government critics claim the biggest online scam is an official website promoting President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s...

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The Justice Scam

Two teachers wrongly imprisoned on trumped up charges of child sex abuse have been freed, but five cleaners sentenced over the same case are still languishing in jail....

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It’s All About the Money

President Joko Widodo came to power on promises to fight corruption and initiate a mental revolution, but scammers are still finding hundreds of people willing to pay...

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What Price Glory?

It’s official. Batam City, the polluted playground for neighbouring Singaporeans seeking sex, is the best, most attractive and smartest city in the world. So says the...

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Winnie the ‘Penipu’

An elderly beggar who wore a tattered Winnie the Pooh costume has been deemed a scammer following reports that he was pocketing Rp.500,000 daily and lived in a mansion...