Three money changer locations have been shut down by local authorities after multiple compaints were received by tourists that had been scammed.
All three operations were located in Legian and had their exchange boards and operational equipment confiscated.
Many tourists don’t even realize when they’ve been scammed and those that do, rarely report the incidents to local police.
Kuta Customary Village, Wayan Wasista also confirmed the incident of money changing scammers currently operating. On three diffrent occasions, he has forced the money changes to cease operations or face authorities.
“I have also held the ID card temporarily of the scammers. With the intention, that they come to us, and make a statement not to open it again, before they have permission,” said Wasista.
The Bank of Indonesia oversees the money changers and is promising to be conducting more surveillance to protect tourists from fraud.
“We from traditional villages are ready to join in the collaboration. Rather than before, we now feel have the support to respond to this,” said Wasista.
Money changer scams have become so widespread in Bali that there are multiple articles now posted online on how to protect yourself from being scammed.