Australian couple fall victim to Kuta money changer scam
A cash changer in Kuta was shut down by the authorities yesterday after it had reportedly scammed an Australian couple and brought on them to undergo IDR2.2 million (US$146) in losses.
Legian’s Group Growth Company (LPM) Chief I Wayan Puspa stated yesterday that the rip-off happened on Tuesday afternoon at a cash changer on Padma Utara Road.
A husband and spouse from Australia who had been touring on the Island of Gods exchanged US$800 with the cash changer at a fee of IDR14,000 per US greenback. As soon as they arrived again at their lodge, they realized that they had been quick IDR2.2 million based mostly on the agreed fee.
“The visitors came upon after they counted [the money] themselves. [They] didn’t get a receipt. [They] ought to’ve gotten the receipt,” stated Wayan.
The couple returned to the cash changer to complain. The case was later delivered to the eye of LPM and the bureau determined to close down the cash changer and reduce off their electrical energy for the alleged rip-off.
“In different phrases, the enterprise has been blacklisted in Legian and [they] should not allowed to re-enter,” Wayan added.
The case itself was resolved with none costs pressed and the cash changer returned the cash to the Australians. Alternatively, Wayan stated that he referred to as upon the police, the Indonesian Central Financial institution, and the Affiliation of International Forex Merchants (APVA) to concentrate to unlawful cash changers.
Cash altering scams should not unusual on the tourism island. In 2019, a video of a tour information yelling at a cash changer for scamming a vacationer went viral and the information acquired kudos for safeguarding the integrity of Bali.
That being stated, do be conscious when exchanging cash in Bali (or anyplace, actually) by ensuring that the place you enter is legit and authorized.