Tourist Pulls Off 29 Million Rupiah Scam at Bali Restaurant

A shocking incident occurred at a restaurant in Bali. In Pererenan, Mengwi, a tourist from Pakistan with the initials O.F. ordered 29 million rupiahs worth of food between April and June this year. However, it was later discovered that he had been eating there for free. The scammer sent fake transaction documents.
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The intentions of the 32-year-old foreigner were uncovered thanks to the suspicions of the restaurant's accountant. The employee noticed irregularities in the confirmations of online food orders.
The accountant reported this to his management. Nevertheless, the management asked the staff to continue serving O.F.'s orders to avoid alerting the scammer. They then reviewed the entire transaction history conducted by the suspect. To conceal his identity, he used the name Vikas Chahal for the orders.
“The amounts and number of orders varied. There were payment confirmations, but no money ever reached the café,” explained Iptu Komang Juniavan, a Mengwi police officer.
O.F. was detained by police in Canggu. He admitted to ordering food with fake PDF payment documents to mislead the restaurant staff. His motive was simple – to save on food costs.
There were a total of 38 orders, with payment confirmations sent to the restaurant 32 times.
O.F. could be prosecuted under three articles: Article 51, paragraph (1) in conjunction with Article 35 of Law No. 11 of 2008 on Information and Electronic Transactions, as amended by Law No. 19 of 2016 and Law of the Republic of Indonesia No. 1 of 2024, and Article 378 of the Criminal Code. For these offenses, he faces up to 12 years in prison.
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