Fraudsters found a new way to steal money from tourists on Bounty Island

On Bounty Island, scammers have found a new way to take money from tourists

On the paradise island of Bali, which is sometimes called Bounty Island because of the similarity of beaches with advertising of famous sweets, scammers. Their scams could cost tourists “a lot of money,” victims say. A warning has appeared on a local tour group for Australians visiting Bali, but Russian tourists are also suffering from this scam.

According to this information, the scammers mostly “dwell” in local bars, unpleasant encounters took place in the popular coastal region of Legian. At the same time, scammers pretend to be the same tourists. The essence of the scam is that a couple of alleged tourists come up to their colleagues, “presenting” them with an unfamiliar currency, and ask them to find out how much they can get for it.

“Yesterday I was at a bar on Legian and an elderly Indian couple came up to me with two US dollars. They entered the bar and put his money on our table, asking me to explain how much it costs,” said one of the victims. Seemingly quite innocent behavior. However, as the tourists explain, this is how a whole gang hunts. In the best case, when the tourists are carried away by the conversation, other members of the gang will “cleanse” the pockets and purses of the tourists who are carried away by the conversation. If they dare to show their wallet, they can quickly snatch it out of their hands and rush off on a scooter.

“I just started calling security and got a hateful look. They washed out pretty quickly. And the bar staff hid!” – outraged tourist. As he adds, tourists have encountered such scammers more than once. “Don't engage in conversations with them, say 'Google is your friend' and leave if possible,” the tourists said. At the same time, they are sure that there are places where these scammers have been seen repeatedly – but so far none of them has been detained.

Tourists are also warned not to succumb to various street polls – such as “how long ago did you arrive, in which hotel you live, what are your plans for the day. Gullible tourists are at risk of returning to the “enclosed” room, they assure. By the way, they also recommend checking the local currency after exchangers – tourists are told how an exchange office in the popular tourist city of Kuta “swindled” 2.2 million rupees or about $ 215 from a couple, taking advantage of their unfamiliarity with local money.

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