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Jakarta Post

Scams haunt netizens in rapid online era

  • Fikri Zaki Muhammadi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9 2013   /  11:26 am

Current online lifestyles have witnessed the increasingly fast spread of information, yet criminal activity on the Internet has also rapidly increased.

Alam Maffian, 25, an employee with a private company in Alam Sutera, Tangerang, said he lost more than Rp 1.5 million (US$154) when he surfed the Internet recently to buy a cat.

“I used the Internet to find cats for sale. I called the number in one of the ads and the man at the other end asked me to pay a down payment,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

After transferring the money as requested, he said the man rejected his further calls. Alam said he had decided not to report his case to police after learning that cyber crime reports were complicated and would mean being sent from one police station to another.

A Depok university student, Ratu Agnes Selvi, 26, said she had lost Rp 4 million after attem...