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Jakarta School Accuses Travel Agency of Fraud

A school in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta has reported travel agency PT Wisata Mandiri Travel to the police for alleged fraud. Barunawati Vocational School’s...

Foreigners Detained For Fraud, Visa Violations

Soekarno Hatta International Aiport immigration officials detained several foreigners this week suspected of breaking the law during their stay in Indonesia. The...

In the Name of the Fraudster

Indonesian media recently seized on the story of a gang that forged letters from President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to request financial support for his re-election bid...

Cyber Crime

Police Smash Cyber Crime Ring Targeting Foreigners

Police have arrested 92 Chinese and Taiwanese cyber crime suspects after allegedly forming a syndicate targeting other foreign nationals based in Indonesia.

Fool’s Gold Fever

If you want to invest in gold, a 1 kilogram bar will set you back about US$40,000 at today’s prices – well beyond the means of most Indonesians. Sensing an...

Bandung Zoo Accuses Fundraiser of Fraud

Indonesian zoos do not enjoy a sterling reputation for animal care. When foreigners try to intervene, officials become upset – especially when money is at stake. An...

Beware of the Men in Uniform

Posing as policemen and pilots, con men are able to steal women’s hearts and then their money. It is often said that women love a man in uniform. As long as it’s an...


Bleeding Hearts Beware: Fraudulent Donation Scams

With poverty still high in Indonesia, some scammers look to exploit the goodwill of strangers and worshippers by soliciting donations for phony projects.

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...

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...

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...

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,...






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