Category: Scams in the City

This is an Ex-Tortoise & Other Abused Animals

This is an Ex-Tortoise & Other Abused Animals

Indonesian internet forums trading in exotic fauna are rife with complaints from people who feel scammed because the creatures they ordered have not matched...

The cashier in a supermarket

Small Change, Big Scam

In recent months I have been repeatedly short-changed at minimarts, mostly at Indomaret, which started business in 1988 and now has over 8,000 outlets across the...

ATM Transfer Traps

ATM Transfer Traps

For some smooth-talking confidence artists, there’s no simpler way to make money than telephoning someone and tricking them into transferring the contents of their...

Not So Real Estate

Not-So-Real Estate

Renting a house, apartment or holiday accommodation can become a nightmare if you fall victim to a real estate scam. Most commonly, scammers pose as owners of property,...

Scams In The City - Degrees of Deception

Scams In The City: Degrees of Deception

Regulations on qualifications for expatriate English instructors have been tightened over the past decade, so some teachers are resorting to buying fake university...

Beggars

Can’t Eat, Busy Begging

It’s that time of year again, when beggars converge on Jakarta to make money during the fasting month of Ramadhan. Before going any further, I should emphasize that...

Motley Crue - Jakarta

Scams In The City: Fake Concert Tickets, Please.

Jakarta is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international music acts. And for every big concert, scammers are ready to swindle money from unwary fans,...

Soekarno

Feasting With Panthers

An Englishman living in Jakarta, never a fan of intimate female companionship, made the mistake of accepting an offer from a pimp to introduce him to friendly, young...

Scammer - Chris Shields

Beware the Bule Conman

Scammers come in all shapes, nationalities and professions. Christopher Linn Shields (35) is a toad-like American expat who scammed his students while employed at an...

Crooks in Uniform

Crooks in Uniform

Heading home after a late night out, I was pulled up in West Jakarta by two apparent policemen. At such spot-checks, police usually want to inspect any bags and see some...

Drugged Drinks

Drugged Drinks

An attractive woman in a Jakarta bar looks around for the drunkest and most clueless unaccompanied male foreigner – the competition is usually pretty fierce. She...

Scammers

Scams in the City – Internet Boyfriends

Nigerian Sweetheart Unlike most scams coming from Nigeria that rely on greed, the Sweetheart Scam preys on heart-strings to loosen purse-strings. Scammers trawl social...

Scams in the City

Scams in the City

Being scammed by a confidence trickster is one of the most embarrassing things a person can admit to – apart from getting drunk and sleeping with a transvestite. Some...