Immigration officers detain overstaying foreigners, fraudsters

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Soekarno Hatta International Airport immigration officials this week detained several foreigners suspected of breaking the law during their stay in Indonesia.

The airport’s head of immigration Enang Syamsi said in a statement on Friday that his division had been closely watching the activity of foreigners in Green Park View Apartments in Kalideres, West Jakarta.

“From the investigation, we have detained last Thursday a Nigerian national, identified only as RCO. From our initial interrogation, it was found that RCO is connected to a [fraud] ring in Tangerang,” said Enang as quoted by

Immigration officials detained three other Nigerian nationals in Gading Serpong, Tangerang on Friday, and one other in Green Park View Apartments.

Officials confiscated several laptops, cellphones and Wi-Fi routers. The investigation determined that the items were used to commit online fraud, with victims spread across a number of countries.

“Their modus operandi was posing as members of the United States military on duty as part of the UN, claiming to have a large amount of money,” said Enang, adding that the suspects would request money from their victims in order for them to receive the full amount of money in return.

Last Saturday, immigration officials detained two Angolan nationals who had overstayed their permit by three years. Officials also found their passports, which they have claimed to be missing.

On Thursday, officials also arrested a Nigerian national after the suspect failed to produce the travel documents or valid permits.

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