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Sextortion Scam Uses Hacked Passwords

Indonesia continues to block pornographic websites, but people living here continue to view them, putting themselves at risk of a sextortion scam. In recent weeks, a few...

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Natural Disaster Fraud

Natural disasters can bring out the worst in a handful of people. After the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that killed an estimated 5,000 people in Central Sulawesi...

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Phony Breast Cancer Doctor Jailed

Staying healthy in Indonesia is hard enough without being exposed to quackery. A court in Bali has jailed a bogus doctor, who fraudulently treated a woman suffering from...

Not So Sweet Anymore

Condensed milk producers will no longer be allowed to falsely market their sickly sweet product as a health food. Growing up in Australia in the 1980s, there was usually...

Here, Have a Photo of One Million Dollars

Pull up a chair. In the 1950s, there was a groundbreaking British radio series called The Goon Show. It was anarchic, absurd and hilarious. The main character was a...

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...

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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.

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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....