Be careful for the money exchange in Legain, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 10, 2013 9:25 AM Last Post By: Origin
Mar 5, 2013 7:33 PM
I have this bad experience at Legain beach , I stay at Club Bali suites ,Hotel Jayakarta ,Bali, Indonesia, on March 1-8, 2013. After back to the hotel and count the money again i found that its not correct, then i went to ask someone at the front counter of the hotel tell them the story and ask them to help and go together with me to get the money back because its just 50 maters away in front of the hotel. When we arrived there its look like they know what happen and doing that on peruse, then we told them that will call the police so he just said that he get confuse and return the money back to me in US$, I also took his photos and said that I will come back with a police if that US$ are not real. Then i went back to the hotel with bad feeling with this bad people. I have talk with other tourist in the same hotel, she said that she also get this trick also, so bad then.
Another advise is don't let them hold your money in there hand , they are professional in the trick of counting and hiding the money and never give you back in the same amount. I just found out that i lost some of US$ in the next day, I try to re-think again on that situation when he pull all US$ money on my hand to count.
Good luck for the new comer to Bali...
Mar 6, 2013 1:24 AM
1Always good advice to check your money and count it carefully.
This has been going on in Kuta for at least 25 years (since my first time there) and probably before ;-)
I guess it is less of a problem now as most people use ATMs......
Mar 6, 2013 2:07 AM
2agree with lucapal...
only had this tried on me once during my many travels through Indonesia and he was caught out; he said it was his error and handed the "missing" 100,000rp note over to me from his bundle of notes.
I always haggle for a good rate then he will tap into his calculator what i expect for my money, and the same done by me on his calculator. Once agreed the total rupiah i expect, I count my US$ or UK Pounds out in front of him and he will re-count.
When he counts the rupiah out i never remove it from his view until i re-count it, ensuring he is watching.... then i'm happy to walk away ;-)
I was once told always to beware of loud conversations etc that take place in some exchange places which sometimes may be a way of taking your attention away from your actual transaction!!
But yeah, ATM'S make it so much easier nowadays.
Mar 9, 2013 9:54 AM
Mar 10, 2013 9:25 AM
5I read about this in the LP guidebook when I went to Indonesia last year, so was aware of it before arriving in Bali. I intentionally went to one of the changers with a unrealistically good rate, just to see the process unfold and was not intending to complete it. I think they're very used to slightly (or very) intoxicated holiday makers seeing a good number, and in this case they believed they'd hooked another sucker. I went there completley sober with a bunch of Dollars cash to change.
To cut a long story short, it is very easy to see how they do it as the process unfolds and anyone slightly drunk or overly trusting of some random guy with a makeshift counter would be gouged. It's all done on diversions and feigned confusions. If you ever land into one of these by accident, 'never' let go over your money at any point, is all I would say. After all, you'll notice he will never let go of his money to let you count it yourself. I played along with it for a while, then when it was very clear that this guy was trying all sorts of diversions to confuse me, I said - "forget it", pocketed my money and walked off. He didn't even try to stop me or protest, as he knew what he was up to.
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