Kenneth Yeung Jan 30, Scams ter the City, Top Reads Comments Off on Online Dating Deception
Love and passion, facilitated by dating apps, can make people vensterluik to fraud.
Indonesia’s dating toneel has switched big time overheen the past 20 years. Going to kroegen te the hope of hooking up is passe. For Indonesians seeking romance or hookup, digital technology has made it a doddle to find prospective vrouwen. It has also bot a sperzieboon to pimps and scammers.
After smartphones became mainstream around 2010, apps such spil Skout, WeChat, Tinder, Badoo and BeeTalk have permitted users to find people nearby to commence a friendship or a more physical encounter. Such apps are not supposed to be used for solicitation or illegal activities, but criminals are heedless to such terms.
“Apps such spil Skout, WeChat, Tinder, Badoo and BeeTalk have permitted users to find people nearby to begin a friendship or a more physical encounter.”
A duo of weeks ago, while dining with a friend te Jakarta’s Chinatown district of Glodok, he jabbed excitedly at his phone, proclaiming he had kasstuk the mother lode of WeChat. Unacquainted with the app, I requested an explanation. Ter brief, you can search for nearby users by gender, peruse their photos and send messages. Almost all of the ‘women’ on WeChat that night te the Glodok and Mangga Rozar area were suggesting ‘massage’ services. Charges commenced at Rp.200,000 for a ‘family massage’ (a euphemism for non-sexual service), while others were suggesting ‘massage with finish’ and ‘sex’ for Rp.300,000 and upward. Online prostitution, ter other words.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking the women are freelancers or even women. When you ‘chat’ with a woman suggesting any sort of service, you’re most likely talking to hier masculine pimp who has a dozen or more female accounts on various apps. The pimp will pose spil a woman and then send one or more to your residence or hotel. Don’t be astonished if she doesn’t resemble the enticing photo. Pictures are often fake, or filters can convert panicking faces into flawless beauties.
Location is everything. If you’re coincidentally near a crimson light district, you might think almost all WeChat users are hookup workers or people purchasing physical closeness. Attempt the app from a more sedate suburb and you’ll find slew of people who are just lonely or desperate.
Some desperate boys have bot conned by impossibly attractive users, who suggest hook-up but very first request a deposit via bankgebouw transfer or phone credit. After paying the deposit, the man gets nothing except a lesson to think with his brain instead. Others learn lessons te the importance of safe hook-up.
Badoo permits you to view users’ photos and tapkast either a heart (for those you like) or a cross (for those who don’t rente you). You can also view nearby people, send instant messages and even pauze hearts and bankgebouw accounts.
Udin Mujiantoko, 39, an unemployed man who had three wives and lived with his in-laws ter Sidoarjo, East Java, used Badoo to meet and defraud at least six women te . He posed spil the militar manager of a Kalimantan-based coal company and claimed to be looking for a wifey.
Renting a car to enhance his rich businessman persona, Udin usually met his victims overheen coffee and soon promised to marry them. He would then concoct an excuse to borrow money, anywhere from Rp.400,000 to Rp.15 million. After receiving the specie, he would switch his phone number and embark trawling for the next victim.
Police said he slept with at least three of his victims. Udin claimed he wasgoed able to seduce the women because he wore a magical amulet – a leather pouch containing a bit of metal and some plant roots – linked to his vuilnisbelt. He wasgoed arrested ter October following a complaint by his final victim, Triana, who had given him Rp.15 million.
Mobile phones are prohibited ter Indonesian prisons, but inmates with enough money can obtain such luxuries. At a jail ter Ciamis, Westelijk Java, a prisoner borrowed a smartphone and created a Badoo account, enabling him to befriend a youthfull woman who ended up sending him Rp.400 million.
Ris, 23, who wasgoed serving a sentence for sexual manhandle and brunt, made voeling with Ernawati, 21, a resident of Blitar, Central Java, ter 2014. Claiming to be an employee of state oil and gas company Pertamina, he seduced hier with sweet words. During their two-year online relationship, he often asked to borrow money, ranging from Rp.Three million to Rp.Ten million, on the grounds that his salary could not be drawn.
By July of , Ris had bot released from jail, but he still refused to meet Ernawati, who wasgoed beginning to suspect she had bot conned. She eventually managed to track down Ris and had him arrested te August. He said he resorted to fraud because of high living expenses ter jail.
Befriending strangers on Facebook can be asking for trouble, especially if you’re an affluent celebrity. Singer, actor and TV host Indra Bekti, 39, became embroiled te a scandal last year after two junior dudes separately accused him of sexual manhandle.
Lalu Gigih Arsanofa, 32, an aspiring actor from Lombok, met Indra via Facebook ter May and wasgoed encouraged to come to Jakarta. He zometeen claimed Indra had promised him TV and movie roles ter come back for hookup, but the jobs never eventuated.
Gigih ter January reported Indra for alleged manhandle, but police deemed there wasgoed insufficient evidence. He and his lawyer then released a phone recording te which a voice, allegedly Indra, is heard urging Gigih not to press sexual manhandle charges.
Indra, whose films include My Name is Dick and Bad Wolves, said Gigih wasgoed only seeking attention. He also said the release of the phone recording wasgoed illegal. Gigih next released a screen-grab of a WhatsApp conversation te which Indra allegedly asks him for hook-up.
The case went quiet until late December of , when Gigih posted a photo of himself with a fresh blue sports car. He captioned it: “Peace money from Indra Bekti, instantly get a Ford Mustang.”
Indra’s other accuser wasgoed Reza Pahlavi. He claimed to have bot manhandled te 2010 when he wasgoed only 17 years old. He alleged that Indra had locked him te a bedroom and coerced him into hookup after a rubdown. The actor’s lawyer denied all allegations.
Weten Arga Syahputra, 30, a resident of Manggarai, South Jakarta, wasgoed arrested te May of ter the seaside resort of Ancol, North Jakarta, after stealing from at least ten women he had met via WeChat.
Posing variously spil a coal businessman, car dealer or engineer, he picked up women te his Chevrolet Spin and usually took them on dates to Ancol or Taman Mini theme park. When a woman needed to go to the toilet or desired to plead at a mosque, he would drive away with hier handbag and valuables.
One of his victims claimed he hypnotized hier, unbuckled hier T-shirt and stole hier gold necklace before she realized what had happened. She says he then drove off when she went to a mosque for evening prayers.
Slew of people today meet their soul mate through dating apps, but if you don’t exercise due caution, you may find only regret, disease and misery.
Featured Photo via Clem Onojeghuo