FBI Warns of Indonesia Scam Targeting Entertainment Industry Professionals - NBC Southern California

FBI Warns of Indonesia Scam Targeting Entertainment Industry Professionals

Victims have included writers, stunt people, make-up artists, security providers and photographers, according to the FBI.

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    FBI Warns of Indonesia Showbiz Scam

    The FBI is warning Southern California residents that scammers are targeting show business hopefuls. (Published Monday, July 15, 2019)

    The FBI announced Monday it is looking to locate victims of a scam that entices U.S. citizens to travel to Indonesia seeking jobs from fraudsters posing as well-known professionals in the entertainment industry.

    The ongoing transnational fraud began in 2013 and its victims have included writers, stunt people, make-up artists, security providers and photographers, according to the FBI.

    The victims are typically contacted via email by someone using the name of a well-known entertainment industry professional, then convinced that they will be hired for a lucrative job in the entertainment industry once they travel to Indonesia -- usually Jakarta -- in order to complete a trial run of their services, the FBI reported.

    The contact person provides a realistic scope of work documents and non-disclosure agreements and also sets an itinerary that appears legitimate, according to the FBI.

    Scammers Target Industry Professionals

    [LA] Scammers Target Industry Professionals

    The scammers are set to be targeting people depending on their profession. And go as far as to send paperwork that seems to be legitimate. Randy Mcilwain reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019.

    (Published Monday, July 15, 2019)

    Upon accepting the opportunity, victims are provided with an itinerary, but are told they need to pay their own travel and accommodation costs. While in Indonesia, they are met by a pre-arranged driver and pressured into paying U.S. currency at an exorbitant rate for the ride. They are then prodded into providing more dollars until the trip is completed or they realizes they have been scammed.

    Victims are never reimbursed for the cost of the travel, the money provided to the drivers or the cost of their services while in Indonesia.

    The FBI created a victim page and form, available at www.fbi.gov/IndonesiaShowbizScam, to identify additional victims of the scam.

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