Category: Scams in the City

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Bali Getting Tougher on Fugitives

The resort island used to be a paradise for foreigners fleeing legal problems, but the risk of deportation is rising.   In days of yore, what was a person to do...

King Con Convicted Again, Gets No Prison Time

Remember Dimas Kanjeng, the murderous conman who pretended he could create money out of thin air? He was convicted of fraud this month, but received no sentence because...

Arrested Playwright Duped by Fool’s Gold

A troubled dramatist has fallen victim to a scam involving idiotic claims about the secret gold of an Indonesian king. When I first encountered playwright and actress...

Blessing Scammers Busted in Bali

Yet again, professional scammers are being mislabelled as hypnotists. Police in Bali have arrested a gang of seven scammers, including three Chinese nationals, who...

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...

disasters

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...

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...

UAE Boxing Coach Scammed in Jakarta

The Asian Games were a great success, marred only by a few scandals and controversies, including a Palestinian expatriate scamming a visiting boxing coach in a nightlife...

Setting the Crooked Record Straight

Some foreigners are involved in hypnotism scams in Indonesia, but the media should not be too hasty to blame Singaporeans. Two weeks ago, this column reported on the...

Old Singapore Dollars for New Rupiah

A gang of scammers is targeting elderly people in Jakarta by offering Singapore dollars at an exchange rate that’s too good to be true. At about 9.30am on July 16,...

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...

Stealing

The Stealing Season

It’s that time of the year again, when some people are resorting to crime to raise money to return to their hometowns. Toward the end of the Muslim fasting month of...