Misadventure in Bali – SCAM

*Faces of my bf and his sister was blurred out or was cut out of the pictures. Pictures are mine, unless stated otherwise.*

Who would've thought that we'll got scammed at our first day in Bali, Indonesia? Continue reading below to know how we got scammed, and what we did to resolve it.

It was a fine great morning to visit Bali. The weather was super great, blue skies with no sights of clouds. The hot sun was striking up. And cool wind was felt.

It was our first time to visit the beautiful island (yes, still beautiful despite of what had happened, but I have a trauma in coming back to Bali *sad* ).

We called an Uber (oops) to send us to our hotel. While inside the uber, we saw establishments, restaurants, resorts and MONEY CHANGERS (YEAH).

When we got in our hotel, we were 5 hours early for our check-in. So we decided to check the vicinity around. While strolling, walking down along the busy streets of Bali, we saw the prices, thousands, millions, and a lot of zeroes, then suddenly, it came to our mind that we need to look for a money changer to enjoy the beauty of Bali.

We remembered the prices we saw along our way to our hotel. And we tried to go back to the highest price offered. Little did we know, that we were about to be scammed by the money changer.

We gave the USD to be exchanged. The money changer (MC) man got the money and started to count rupiah. While counting, he then laid down the money in his table and group it into 500,000. Then he was like counting 500,000, 1,000,000 and so on. After the amount has been completed, he got the money in his hands and recounted while we have our eyes on his hands. After that, he let us count the money to check if it was complete and asked to get the money again as he will recount it again. Then suddenly, he asked if we have a smaller bill as he needed a change. Okay, at this part, we were so confused to the point that, upto this date, I cannot understand fully why he asked for a change if the money was completed.

SUMMARY: To sum it up, the money changer will try to confuse you and will recount the money over and over again until you got confused. And once he's done doing his magic, he'll ask you not to recount the money, and just to keep it because there's a lot of money snatchers in the streets of Bali. 

When we got home, that's the time when we noticed that 1m++ was missing from the money changer.

I googled up and saw a lot of entries regarding Bali's money changer scam. Some of them said that you cannot do anything, that no one will help you once you got scammed in Bali. But no, they're wrong.

WHAT WE DID: Here's what we did. We look for tourist police (Tourist Polisi) – the one near art market. Then we told the police that we've got scammed in the money changer. The police let us ride on their motors and went where we got scammed. The money changer gave back the 1m++ rupiah. The police asked when, how much, where. The police also asked for our names, our hotel name, and hotel room number. They also gave us tips on where to find an authorized money changer around Bali. 

Lessons Learned:

1. Google first before traveling.

Kudos to Bali Tourist Police! A great help for tourist!

Pictures below:



The two police in the tourist police post.

A lot of police came. They were around 6-7 police in total. The scene below was when they were asking for our names and hotel details.

Here's the money changer board outside of money changer scammer.

The police said to look for a money changer with "P.T Authorized Money Changer" or "P.T Money Changer" as they are the real authorized once and won't scam the tourist.


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