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Designer Bag Deceit

Let’s be honest. A handbag is just something in which to carry makeup, car keys, tampons, sunglasses, perfume and a purse. It should be durable and practical, even...

Online Arisan Exposed

A simple Facebook page lured hundreds of Indonesians, mostly housewives, into investing their savings in a scheme offering unfeasibly high returns. It was a classic...

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...

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...

Benjamin Holst

The Curious Case of Benjamin Holst, ‘The Party Beggar’

He was deported last year for begging but is relentless in his quest for beer money. Here's an infographic that summarizes the story of Benjamin Holst.

Money Changer

47 Illegal Money Changers Identified in Bali

In order to protect consumers from illegal money changers, the government has been identifying them and pledging to take action to prevent financial loss.

Hoax Tourism Expo Scams Exhibitors

There’s a whole industry devoted to making money by exploiting corporate vanity through promotional activities, listings and awards. The ASEAN Travel Mart 2017 was...

A Magnet for Cyber Scammers

In the past five years, Indonesia has arrested hundreds of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals for cybercrime. Why are foreign cyber criminals flocking to Indonesia and what...

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....

Scams in the City: Fashion Police

Indonesian police are seeking to improve their image by wearing navy blue shirts emblazoned with the slogan Turn Back Crime. Criminals are donning the same apparel to...

Rotten Reviews & Bogus Bookings

A holiday should be all about unwinding by replacing any stress with serenity and relaxation. Unfortunately, scammers in the hospitality sector are out to dupe you...

Scams in the City: For Worse

Weddings, an essential rite of passage in Indonesia, remain a source of scamming and discontent. It was supposed to be one of the happiest days in the life of Karina...

It’s All in the Mind

Hypnotism – when defined as the act of putting someone into a trance and under your control – is not real. But in Indonesia, many scam victims insist they were...

No End to the Stupidity

The perennial black dollar scam is back in the news. This time, the apparent victim is a Navy officer who was busted for drugs. It’s bad enough that a member of the...