Category: Scams in the City

Phising

Big Phishing in a Big Pond

As the world’s second biggest source of cyber attacks, Indonesia is prone to phishing, which occurs when a scammer or hacker lures an internet user into revealing...

Scam

We Haven’t Learned a Thing

It is almost a year since I wrote my first Scams column for Jakarta Expat and there is no shortage of material for future columns. Yet like a stale TV sitcom that lazily...

Bakso

Mystery Meats

What’s a Jewish dilemma? Pork at half price. That was one of the first jokes I heard during a visit to Israel about 20 years ago. Some producers of beef products in...

Taxi Troubles

Taxi Troubles

New arrivals to Jakarta are often warned to be on the lookout for taxi scams. The truth is that cab services are generally much better than they used to be. The most...

Jimmi Muliku

Preying on Prostitutes

A churchgoing keyboardist posed as a playboy and robbed at least 24 high-class prostitutes in four cities, until he made the mistake of stealing from a drug lord’s...

Faking It on the Phone

Faking It on the Phone

A slow-witted colleague came to me with a request for help last week. He had telephoned a sex chat line “just to see what it was like” and ended up with a big phone...

Uang Pecahan 50 Ribu

Faking It

Advances in computer technology and printing are making it easier to forge money. One of the hardest details to fake on current Indonesian currency is the ‘patch’...

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,...