- Discover Indonesia Online

You are currently in > Just a blog about Indonesia > It's emergency, help

It's emergency, help LIPPO CIKARANG - Every once in a time you probably receive an email that is clearly a form of scam. Often orginating from an known person that is trying to persuade you into sending 'a small amount of' money so he/she can claim a huge sum of money from a deceased family member or something similar.

In the early days this kind of cries for help were send with the regular mail. In the 1990's this became email, but the type of scam didn't change since it was still effective. Send a little bit of money first in trade for a part of the 'profits'. Who does not want to receive a part of something as certain as that? People are generally greedy so many bought it. And many other still buy it every day.

And then these scammers discovered Indonesia, with it's hundreds of millions of Indonesians that are all poor and would like to have a bag full of money in their hands. The scam emails were translated into Indonesian and in combination with the wide availability of Western Union points in the country, a 'decent' living can be earned from simply scamming stupid, greedy, stubborn and unknowing Indonesians.

Then there is spam and other undesired email which are often sent from Hotmail accounts, as they are most widespread. Existing accounts are 'hacked', this means, their easy to guess passwords are retrieved by a machine or some low-cost worker that is trying different passwords and secret questions for days on an end.

These two have now be combined in an almost perfect blend of scam. Using existing email addresses to send a cry for help in the name of the person in the email. This cry for help is sent to persons that have received email from this email account earlier, and in this manner establishing a 'relation' between the sender and the receiver.

An email with a cry for help, originating from someone that has had contact with you before, even including names. That must be a serious one.

The result is an email that resembles the one above here, in which I have blocked out the name of the sending party as she most likely does not know that her email-address is being abused. In the name of one Dewi, a person that I should know, I get the request for sending some money. She would like to receive the amount of 3.000 dollars, but less is also fine as long as I am able to help.

But why I receive an email from this Dewi now? Well, she has once sent me an email via a feedback form on the website. I answerred that one and she replied again. So I am in her contacts list with my name as well, because that can be found in my email of course. Everything can be explained quite easily, but when you receive such a personalised email, you will soon think it's serious.

Of course it's nothing serieus. I mean, what are the chances that a Dewi from Indonesia ends up in Nigeria, encounters serious problems there and than emails me to ask for help? Almost zero indeed. Especially sending money in the form of an untraceable Western Union transfer to Nigeria should ring bells with all of us nowadays.

Also the fact that she will take any amount of help. It might seem nice, but it is purely aimed to get at least some money from you. Even if I would help this poor Dewi, that is not Dewi, but a scammer from Nigeria, with just 500.000 rupiah (55 USD) that scammer would claim the money, because it's better than receiving nothing and still worth while.

For those that think something is wrong.. yes indeed, the name of the claiming party is indeed that Dewi. It seems that she has indeed stranded somewhere in that far-away Nigeria without money. Several answers are possible here: because of corruption, everyone could claim the money; they have fakes a travel document and use that or she is really stranded there. In that case: sorry lady!

Related blog entries (category 'Crime') Related blog entries (category 'Crime'):
02 August 2011 · Indonesian migrant workers avoid beheading in Saudi Arabia
02 August 2011 · Four killed after gunmen attack bus in Papua
28 July 2011 · Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation
04 July 2011 · 11 Indonesians to be executed in Malaysia
26 June 2011 · Prisoners riot at Kerobokan Bali jail
23 June 2011 · Indonesia: clemency for 23 nationals facing death in Saudi Arabia

Related blog entries (category 'Crime') Tags: scam, fraud, email, Nigeria, Western Union

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

There are no reactions on this blog entry yet. Be the first one to give a reaction here!

Log in to write a reaction

You are not logged in to the website. You have to be logged in to write a reaction on this blog entry.

· If you already have an account, please login.
· If you have lost your password, please retrieve it.
· If you don't have an account yet, you can create one.

Add this blog entry to your email, your own blog, MySpace, Facebook, or whatsoever via AddThis:
Bookmark and Share

e-mail updates for this blog article

Login if you want to receive emails for reactions on this blog entry. You will receive an update as soon as a reaction on this blog entry is posted.

Your website for tickets in Indonesia!
Looking for e-tickets for flights in Indonesia? Here's your solution! Order your e-tickets at
· 2015, 28 entries
· 2014, 591 entries
· 2013, 750 entries
· 2012, 1061 entries
· 2011, 792 entries
· 2010, 644 entries
· 2009, 916 entries
· 2008, 504 entries
· 2007, 725 entries
· 2006, 1014 entries
· 2005, 723 entries
· 2004, 558 entries
· 2003, 525 entries
· 2002, 375 entries
· 2001, 162 entries
· gigolo
· jakarta
· blogger
Automatically generated every hour
· General (1205 entries)
· Economy (643 entries)
· Politics (574 entries)
· Accidents (561 entries)
· Terrorism (541 entries)
· Earthquake (539 entries)
· Volcanoes (387 entries)
· Crime (357 entries)
· Corruption (349 entries)
· Flooding (278 entries)
· Elections (276 entries)
· Travel (268 entries)
· Bird Flu (254 entries)
· Religion (242 entries)
· Tourism (239 entries)
· Oddly enough ... (219 entries)
· Violence (198 entries)
· Drugs (196 entries)
· Health (192 entries)
· Aceh conflict (191 entries)
· Environment (185 entries)
· Weather (171 entries)
· Military (168 entries)
· Protests (157 entries)
· Culture (106 entries)
· Garuda Indonesia (91 entries)
· C. Sulawesi conflict (86 entries)
· Human rights (82 entries)
· Forest fires (78 entries)
· Sidoarjo mudflow (71 entries)
· Power supply (64 entries)
· Ramadan (63 entries)
· PT Freeport (55 entries)
· Picture guess (48 entries)
· Maluku conflict (47 entries)
· History (37 entries)
· Dengue Fever (37 entries)
· Infrastructure (36 entries)
· Polio (35 entries)
· Mexican flu (35 entries)
· Website (25 entries)
· Media (22 entries)
· Nuclear power (21 entries)
· Sports (20 entries)
· Sexy (16 entries)
· SARS (15 entries)
· Nightlife (10 entries)
· Others (5 entries)
· Lippo Cikarang (5 entries)
· Close smallest categories
EUR-IDR: 16,590 · 16,620  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 18:12 CET
JPY-IDR: 126.83 · 126.95  The Rupiah rate improved since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 21:58 CET
MYR-IDR: 3,545 · 3,549  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 15 May 2018 08:42 CET
SGD-IDR: 10,479 · 10,501  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 07 May 2018 07:48 CET
THB-IDR: 439.14 · 439.41  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 16 May 2018 09:18 CET
USD-IDR: 14,097 · 14,157  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 00:46 CET
Go to 'exchange rates' 
·  At 03 March 2021 07:43 hotwin reacted on Three more bodies of AirAsia victims to Surabaya hospital
·  At 10 November 2020 16:59 AdvocaatHulp reacted on Three more bodies of AirAsia victims to Surabaya hospital
·  At 14 July 2020 08:32 newnight reacted on Three more bodies of AirAsia victims to Surabaya hospital
·  At 20 September 2018 06:54 erik12 reacted on Fuel prices lowered, again
·  At 19 October 2015 17:17 imambudianto5 reacted on Bank Indonesia maintains benchmark interest rate at 7.75%
·  At 04 March 2015 19:18 merdekaSah reacted on Alleged terrorists shot dead three villagers in Poso
·  At 04 March 2015 13:11 Yogya-Bali reacted on Alleged terrorists shot dead three villagers in Poso
·  At 26 February 2015 13:02 Irena reacted on Sexy, a young woman with candy
·  At 08 May 2014 09:51 jstar reacted on No alcohol should be sold in warung
·  At 01 May 2014 10:07 jstar reacted on Indonesia to be among the top 10 peacekeeping contributors
·  At 27 March 2014 05:50 harlys reacted on PPP leader voices concern over Islamic parties' future
·  At 10 March 2014 06:11 Yogya-Bali reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 09 March 2014 00:11 Yerun reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 08 March 2014 20:33 nicknick reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 18 February 2014 04:17 Yerun reacted on Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java
·  At 16 February 2014 05:41 Amed East Bali reacted on Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java
·  At 14 February 2014 22:27 Anne Mieke reacted on Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia
·  At 14 February 2014 22:22 beritaislam reacted on Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia
·  At 16 January 2014 15:37 Anne Mieke reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 15:21 Yerun reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
Go to 'forum topics' 

Created by · feedback & contact · © 2000-2021
Other websites by · · ·

Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional 155,970,629 pageviews Discover Indonesia Online at