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An American Abroad: Tips for Saving Money and Avoiding Unnecessary Fees on your Indonesian Trip

Whether visiting the temples and mountains of Java, exploring the sprawling melting pot of Jakarta, or finding tranquility on the beaches of Bali, it is undeniable that...

Magic Money Boxes and Jenglot

Conmen are still tricking gullible people into believing that money can be magically increased by mystical and mythical objects. The government is this year spending...

Singaporean scam

Singaporean Detained Over Scamming Indonesians

Indonesian police have arrested a man claiming to be an oil tycoon from Singapore who is suspected of hypnotising people while robbing them. “The suspect is being...

How to Get Poor Fast

One of the most popular ways to get rich in Indonesia is through politics. There are endless possibilities for self-enrichment through abuse of power. When...

AFEX Indonesia on Fintech and Cross-Border Payments

As the world’s fourth most populous country, which has 742 different languages, 18,307 islands and a middle-income class that is larger than Australia’s, Indonesia...

What Kind of Salary Can a Foreigner Expect in Indonesia?

It’s a common question that many soon-to-be expats bound for the archipelago ask: “How much money can I expect to earn in Indonesia?” If this is something you’re...

Dirty Money

When buying votes or buying sex, some people resort to using counterfeit cash. Results can be fatal. The precise amount of counterfeit money in circulation in Indonesia...

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Jakarta Man Withdraws Fake Money from ATM

A man in South Jakarta was surprised to find one of the bills he withdrew from a Bank Mandiri ATM in early October was actually fake money.

How Backstreet Bali Money Changers Cheat

Unseasoned visitors to Bali, relieved they’ve safely negotiated Ngurah Rai’s fickle Customs and Immigration, suddenly get hit by the cacophony that’s Indonesia....

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...

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...

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

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’...