5 Grab drivers arrested in Bali for manipulating app to get bonuses

Illustration. Photo: Pixabay
Illustration. Photo: Pixabay

Police in Bali are cracking down on Grab drivers using GPS-spoofing apps to earn bonuses.

Five drivers for the ride-hailing app have been arrested by Bali Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit and will be charged under Indonesia’s Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

Bali Police Criminal Investigation Unit Supt. Anom Wibowo announced the arrests of HC, 32, ANS, 37, PW, 21, AS, 23, and AR, 27 on Friday.

The drivers were found to be using apps that would allow them to rack up more rides leading to bonuses without actually having to transport passengers.

“We managed to uncover a fake GPS case by online Grab drivers who did this to get bonuses from Grab,” Wibowo said, as quoted by Tribun Bali.

One of the apps used by the drivers was Zuper, an Android mock location app, Wibowo said.

Grab’s registered company in Indonesia, PT. Solusi Transportasi Indonesia, has been able to detect in some instances when drivers were using GPS-spoofing tactics.

Bali Police additionally looked to other similar cases in Jakarta and Makassar in understanding how to uncover such incidents.

Evidence secured from the five drivers includes five cars, along with vehicle registration, and 10 different brands of mobile phones along with their SIM cards.

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