BEWARE: ATM scams in Bali

by Roger on July 2, 2009

by Roger | July 2nd, 2009  

If there is one thing I despise in life it is thieving: whether it be on a pickpocket scale or a straight out rip-off at a bank or shop. Even worse than the aforementioned are those assholes who rip-off money at ATM machines using various scams. This issue has been brought to my notice by Kenneth Cole, owner of Chocky’s Place in Bingin north of Bali. Innocent people and those unaware of these scams are getting done big-time when using their ATM cards. It’s natural, I suppose, when you are on holiday and especially in Bali where we all trust the Balinese, that you wouldn’t even think of this kind of thing happening. But, IT IS and so BEWARE. Here are two warnings posted by Baliblog Forum members alerting the situation.

Kenneth Cole (owner of Chocky’s Place in Bali) – Forum Member

HI THERE AGAIN, I POSTED A WARNING SEVERAL DAYS AGO ABOUT CARD FRAUD, ITS BECOMING OUT OF CONTROL HERE IN BALI AND THE POLICE CANT DO A THING AS THE FUNDS ARE BEING DIRECTED TO ATM’S IN JAKARTA.. I WAS BACK AT POLICE STAION AGAIN AND RAN INTO A KIWI SURFER WHO HAS ALSO BEEN RELIEVED OF ROUGHLY $40,000.00 AND THREE FRIENDS ALSO LOST SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNTS, SO BE CAREFUL AND YES IT WAS A BCA ATM.CHEERS KENNETH COLE

Eagle – Forum Member:

One scam doing the rounds is placing a bogus “helpline sticker” in an ATM then fiddling the access hole. When you can’t retrieve your card the obvious thing to do is to call the scam number. Details such as confirming your card number, security number and password are requested. After you depart (without your card)it is then easy for funds to be skimmed by the scammer. Hint: check the slot before you shove your card in. A loop of fishing line or cassette tape is a giveaway.

And, if you are not a member of the Baliblog Forum yet, then check us out and join in on the conversations, post a question or answer someone else’s. It’s free!

Also check out this article on ATM skimmers and how to spot them.


{ 4 comments }

tempo dulu October 8, 2009 at 2:09 am
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I find it hard to believe that the guy lost $40,000.00 as ATMs have a limit on how much you can withdraw each day. And of course, whatever you do, never reveal your password to ANYBODY.

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villas bali December 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm
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I agree it is about to impossible to loss such a big amount. I think he must made any mistake in withdrawal step or that particular machine could be in bad state. And if you talk about password it can never be leaked by an ATM machine that’s for sure..

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dylan January 28, 2010 at 3:44 am
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I’ve been done twice now in Bali once from a ATM BCA and again from Commonwealth. the first time was to my savings account and 900 Aus was withdrawn. the second time was from an account i deposit small amounts of money into to withdrawl. only $100 dollors this time. However from the time it takes from depositing the money into my account and for the money to become ‘available balance’ the money was withdrawn. In future i will be covering my pin with something more substantial than my hand. i believe you could still have a good guess at the pin from the movements of your hand even if it is covered.

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Pop Up Caravans November 7, 2010 at 7:24 am
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I guess we just have to be careful when we take out money and check each machine we use.
Thanks for the warning.

Johnny
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