Authorities yesterday closed an exchange in Kuta after it was said to have cheated an Australian couple and caused them to incur losses of 2.2 million Indonesian rupiah ($146).
The head of the Legian Community Development Agency (LPM), Ian Buspa, said yesterday that the scam occurred on Tuesday afternoon at a money changer on Padma Uttara Street.
A husband and wife from Australia who were traveling on the Island of the Gods exchanged 800 US dollars with the teller at the rate of 14,000 IDR per US dollar. Once they got back to their hotel, they realized that they were short of IDR 2.2 million based on the agreed price.
“Discover the guests after they ran [the money] themselves. [They] I didn’t get a receipt. [They] I should have gotten the receipt.” He said Wayan.
The couple returned to the teller to complain. The case was later brought to the LPM and the bureau decided to shut down the teller and cut off electricity for the alleged scam.
In other words, the company has been blacklisted in Legian [they] Wayan added.
The case itself was resolved without pressing any charges and the cashier returned the money to the Australians. On the other hand, Wayan He said It called on the police, the Central Bank of Indonesia and the Association of Foreign Exchange Dealers (APVA) to pay attention to illegal money changers.
Money change scams are not uncommon on Tourism Island. In 2019, a video went viral of a tour guide yelling at a money changer to deceive a tourist and the guide received mentions to protect the safety of Bali.
However, be careful when exchanging money in Bali (or anywhere, really) by making sure that the place you are entering is legitimate and approved.