Famous Indonesia Scams

As general, Indonesia is a relatively safe place to visit. The streets life are far less threatening compared to some countries in the west, and most of the people are nice. However, there are always some individuals who want to take advantages of tourists for their personal gain. To prevent that, here is a small list of most common travel scams that you may find during your visit to Indonesia. Thus, always be cautious with your surroundings, travel safe, and enjoy your time wandering around !!

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  1. Taxi Scams

Since taxi is the only transportation mode to get you to the downtown, it is very easy to find taxi drivers that are dishonest. No taxi meter, longer routes, no change, and applying extra charges for unreasonable explanations are common things that scam taxi drivers always do in order to force you on paying more for the trip. That is why it is better to book taxi from credible taxi counters wherever you go and let their staffs help you to find the taxi. Rely on using taxi from Blue Bird or Express, since both of them are trustworthy taxi companies that are majorly used by the local. Alternatively, if you are not in rush, hiring uber or grab for a lift is better since there are plenty of promos that you can use for cheaper rides.

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  1. Sellers Scams

While going on shopping in local markets or at tourist shops, scam sellers are always exist with their thousands of ways to make you have for buying their goods.   And here, these are two common types you may always find. First, the follower. This kind of sellers are very consistent on selling their goods to every tourists by following them until they gave up and deciding to buy. It is indeed irritating and because of it, don’t hesitate to say “No, thank you” as your response once you are not interested to buy from them.   Second, the price increaser.   Some sellers have targeted international tourists for selling their stuffs in much higher price than their usual. Therefore, when you are buying something, go to the stores that have clear price tags on their items or just bring the locals with you to do trades with the sellers.

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  1. Unnecessary Services

Public places such as airports, train stations, and harbors are meeting points for many scammers. They usually work in disguise by offering unnecessary services such as voluntarily offering you to carry on the luggage, selling cheaper fake tickets, or force you to take a stay on newly-open hotels that are definitely not located at a strategic place. At first, those sweet talks and hustles may sounds good to be heard, however it won’t get you to anywhere, since they will take your money after they did their job and looking out for the next potentials. For handling this, keep distance with strangers who tried “too hard” on getting your attention, and ignore them by keep walking through.

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  1. Ticket Scammers

Holiday season especially to welcome eid al fitr days can be so hectic since all transportation tickets from planes until trains were fully booked. In this situation, ticket scammers or usually be called as “calo” are easily to be found. Usually, their modus is to offer you extremely cheap tickets. Never buy a ticket that you think is too cheap from the normal price, especially during holiday season since there are huge possibilities for them to be fake. If you are suddenly have to travel, consider to book your tickets online. It is better to pay a little more expensive price than losing all your money to some scammers.

One surefire way to steer clear of scammers is to engage us at askus@ladyredot.com.


dsc_4705-jpgHello, I’m Jenica from Indonesia.  As a law student in progress, studying law can sometimes become really boring.  That’s why I always like to wander around and exploring new, unusual places to relieve some tension.  I also like to capture my experience through lenses and especially from writing, because it helps me to create memories that will last forever, yet it can also enjoy by a lot of people.  Meanwhile, if I don’t have time to travel, you can find me easily at the markets while trying delicious street foods from various local food stalls.  Nasi goreng, rendang, and martabak are my all time favourite that will never be replaced with anything. For me, diet always starts tomorrow so  let’s enjoy the life to the fullest!  If you want to know more about me, drop me an email now.

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