‘Give us back our money’: Victims put up billboard shaming alleged scammer

A billboard shaming an alleged scammer in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
A billboard shaming an alleged scammer in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Here’s one way to get back at your scammer.

A billboard was recently put up in downtown Makassar, South Sulawesi featuring the photo of a woman who owns a travel agency.

The billboard reads, “Give us back our money!! From the hurt victims of your travel agency.” The alleged scammer’s full name was also spelled out.

According to reports, the travel agent had scammed customers resulting in a collective loss of some IDR3 billion (IDR196,437). Alleged victims say the business canceled their overseas trips in the eleventh hour without offering refunds.

The billboard has gotten the police’s attention, who questioned the woman over the scam accusations on Tuesday.

Police say the avenue for restorative justice is still wide open in this case, in that criminal charges may not be necessary should the travel agency return its customers’ money.

That said, the woman did file a defamation complaint with the police on Saturday over the billboard, which upset her as she claims that her agency has been in the process of returning customers’ money since July.

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