The Klungkung Police Department has arrested three local men who had been hacking social media accounts for fraud purposes in Bali. The suspects hacked an Instagram account to ask for money which they later used to buy drugs.
The suspects were identified as Kadek Edi Mudita Yasa (28), I Ketut Widi Budiarma (25) and Made Wartama (23).
The Head of Klungkung Police Department, AKP Ario Seno Wimoko explained that the illegal activity was initited by Edi Mudita who has been confirmed as a reoffender with several different cases such as theft and drug possesion in the past.
“All three suspects were from Buleleng Singaraja, and they admitted to the officers that they spent the money from fraud to buy drugs,” Wimoko said.
The case was revealed after a 25-year-old woman named Ni Made Candra Ayustini from Klungkung filed a report on Ferbuary 12/21.
She told officers that she has gotten deceived on the internet. Previously, Ayustini received a Direct Message (DM) from her cousin’s Instagram account, who currently lives in Japan. In the DM, the cousin asked Ayustini to send USD 242 (IDR 3,4 million) to help her fiscal payment in Japan. Ayustini agreed to send the cash to a bank account that was given by the suspects.
Ayustini found it suspicious when she received a second message from her cousin, once again asking for money. She was asked to send USD 142 (IDR 2 million) to the same bank account. After communicating with her cousin, Ayustini found that she in fact sent money to a hacker rather than her cousin.
“After receiving the report, we began our investigation by cooperating with the bank and tracking them through their bank account,” Wimoko added.
After being interogated, Wartama and Widi said that they refused to join in the illegal activity but were threatened by Mudita Yasa with an airsoft gun.
“The suspects are now being detained in Klungkung Police Department’s cell for further investigation” Wimoko concluded.
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