Aussie woman’s urgent warning over Bali ‘coin’ scam every traveller needs to know about
- Aussies warned of emerging Bali coin scam
- Travellers targeted by scammers asking to see Aussie money
An Australian woman has lifted the lid on a sneaky scam targeting visitors to Bali.
The woman posted to Facebook group Bali Bogans warning of the scam which begins with an individual asking to see what a tourist’s foreign coins look like.
The scammer works as part of a team, with women and children often used to distract any travel partners.
The person asking to see the money then continues to draw attention away from the victim’s wallet while another creeps up behind and snatches it.
Several members of Bali Bogans, which shares insight on the popular tourist destination, shared their own experiences of being targeted by scammers with a similar method.
An Australian woman has lifted the lid on a scam in the popular tourist destination Bali where scammers are grouping together to distract travellers in an attempt to steal their money
‘This guy came up to us and asked if we knew of a good Italian restaurant to go to and I was trying to think of the one near our hotel,’ the woman wrote.
‘He said “are you not Indonesian?” (we look far from it) and I said “No Australian”. He then shook our hands and said “Do you have an Australian dollar coin” he could look at.
‘I said, “We aren’t showing you our money mate we have heard about your scam”.
‘Well, they took off like a bat out of hell.”
The Australian woman said the encounter occurred at Lippo Mall in Badung – a regency of Bali.
The traveller said the man was very ‘friendly and convincing’ and if she had not read of the scam before heading to Bali she would have fallen victim to it.
Another Aussie said he encountered a similar scam while in Legian – on Bali’s west coast.
A woman exposed the scam to Facebook group Bali Bogans, which shares insight into the popular island and spoke of the emerging scam(pictured: tourists at a popular beach in Bali)
‘[The scammer] introduced himself and said he was from Saudi Arabia and with his daughter,’ the man wrote.
‘He told us he was visiting Melbourne soon. He showed us his gold watch and asked us what time it was where we came from.
‘He flashed his wallet full of notes and asked if he could see our money. His daughter was behind my wife distracting her and asking her about a product.
‘Luckily I said “no” to showing him our money and we walked away. They left the shop pretty fast after that.’
Other commenters said they had fallen victim to the scam, with one woman revealing her husband was conned out of $100 as he showed a man the money while she was distracted by another person.
The scam is conducted by a group, which begins with an individual approaching a tourist and asking if they can look at their money in an attempt to distract them while a second person steals their cash and wallets
The scam is a variation of a popular Bali scam where tourists are approached by strangers who put money on a table or hold it out in their hands and ask how much money they have.
While distracted the scammer or their assistant snatches a wallet or belongings such as handbags.
Angus Kidman, a travel expert at Finder, told news.com travellers need to be cautious with their cash and wallets.
‘Pickpocketing and theft are always a risk in any popular tourist area,’ he said.
‘If someone asks to see your Australian money, an easy response is “not carrying any mate – don’t need Aussie currency here”.
‘Don’t ruin your trip with paranoia – just exercise sensible basic precautions.’
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