Category: Scams in the City

Money Politics

Money Politics

Vote buying is risky business, especially for candidates who fail to get elected and cannot repay their debts. Yet the biggest losers are Indonesian voters – if they...

God Help Us

God Help Us

With religion being compulsory in Indonesia, the country is fertile ground for scammers seeking easy money under the guise of providing religious services. Near the top...

Phantom Pregnancies

Phantom Pregnancies

Getting married and having children are essential rites of passage in Indonesia. So great is the pressure to produce progeny, that couples unable to conceive children...

Stealing Democracy from the People

Stealing Democracy from the People

I first experienced an Indonesian election in May 1997. I was staggering home drunk from Blok M, South Jakarta, at about 3am when I encountered a newly erected polling...

Transjakarta Bus

Cheating on the Buses

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Transjakarta busway: a public transport system beset by financial scams. Even before the project commenced, funds allocated...

Pills

Physicians? Heal Thyself

From pointless prescriptions to counterfeit medicines, the treatment of illnesses in Indonesia can be a minefield. A few weeks ago, I was involved in a traffic accident...

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...

Education Guide 2017

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