Category: Scams in the City

On Baldness & Boobs

As the human body approaches middle age, many adults start experiencing embarrassing physical changes. Hair may start thinning and greying. Breasts invariably start...

Hard Luck

Living in a red light area of Jakarta, the streets outside my apartment are lined each night with pushcart vendors selling all manner of aphrodisiacs for men and women,...

Sexual Healing Swindle

Want to get rich quick? Or cure an illness via alternative healing? Then think twice before visiting a friendly dukun (shaman). Why? Because he may molest you as part of...

Would You Believe a Talking Fetus?

A North Jakarta grandfather hit the headlines this month over his nonsensical claim that he can lay eggs. That’s nothing compared to the scam perpetrated decades...

Golden Goose Chases

Indonesians from all walks of life are still prone to investment scams. Why? Mainly because of a lack of awareness and the promise of easy money. About 58% of...

Of Human Bondage

Indonesian women have for decades been working abroad as domestic servants, earning much-needed revenue for their families. Unfortunately, government authorities and...

Child Scammer Nets Minister

E-commerce fraud in Indonesia recently claimed a high-profile victim: Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Roy Suryo. Police swiftly arrested the alleged scammer: a...

For Better or For Worse

Weddings attract a range of scams, from disappearing contract wives to fake proposals and bogus planners. Arab sex tourists have for decades been visiting Indonesia for...

Social Media Sins

Indonesia has about 70 million active social media users, spending an average of over five hours online daily through computers and mobile devices. This has led to a...

In Vino Nonsense

The jailing of an Indonesian man in the US earlier this month for selling millions of dollars of fake wine will not dampen Indonesia’s enthusiasm for overpriced and...

Casting for Sex & Money

There’s no shortage of women eager to become Indonesia’s next top celebrity. One conman took advantage of this hunger for fame by promising movie roles to aspiring...

All Over Bar the Cheating?

After a tense election campaign marred by relentless lies and smears, the fate of Indonesia is now in the hands of the General Elections Commission (KPU), which on July...

Everything to Lose

As Indonesia’s most important presidential election ever nears its climax, there has been no end of deception aimed at swaying undecided voters. Much of the...

Ghostbuster Busted

Of all the silly programs on Indonesian TV, one of the most idiotic was Pemburu Hantu (Ghost Hunters), which involved a team of Muslim clerics pretending to catch ghosts...