Mama Minta Pulsa? Anjing Loe! Uses and Abuses of Hand-Phones!


Heck, an almost incommunicado day yesterday, my internet suddenly down, our whole area apparently, just as I was enjoying a fun skype-chat with somebody important. I grabbed for my handphone to explain to them the problem was at my end of the line – too fast! Dropped the darn thing, and it stopped functioning. Like the Beach Boy’s wagon, it’s an oldie but a goodie, but yes, a very oldie – so I feared for its chances of recovery. 

But it says so much about our modern life-style that, faced with the fact that I had no means of contacting anyone at all, a huge surge of near panic engulfed me. Yeah, me, who never owned, or contemplated owning, such a hi-tech device as a h/p until I came to Indonesia! So much for the sun-bathing and book-reading which had filled my agenda so promisingly! 

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  • Happily, once I’d helter-skeltered to the nearest mall, and located a helpful tukang HP, my mobile was found to be fixable. Not only easily, but so easily he waved away my offer of recompense. Joy unconfined. But with phones on my mind, my attention has been straying to related news….

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There are many stupid people in every country. They often get exploited by the many wicked people which every country also possesses.

So how do we classify the detained person called Effendi. He seems quite content to acknowledge his predatory greed.

According to Effendi, he had committed the crime for two years, with the help of five trained subordinates. They earned between Rp 90 million (US$6,617) and Rp 210 million monthly.
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The police say the creep has acquired vast wealth by sending SMSes to thousands of strangers, with the short, sweet message, Mama Minta Pulsa – Mum Requests A Mobile  Phone Top-Up!

Long-distance rip-off!

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An irrelevant photo, included only to delight readers stressed out by the imminent arrival of the rainy season!

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  • Do you get odd texts from complete strangers?
  • Nobody minds genuine wrong numbers, but moochers on the make? Trying to rip you off but from a very safe distance? Among the most despicable of miscreants, in my opinion.
  • After all, a mugger in a dark alley still runs the risk you’ll fight back. Even a sleazy pick-pocket on the crowded bus might get rumbled and his intended victim could well raise a hue and cry and rouse other commuters to jump in and batter the swine.
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  • But hiding behind the anonymity of a phone number? Out of sight, out of reach? Surely uniquely contemptible!
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  •  I have had more than a few such SMS appeals from Mama, but since there’s no evidence that text messaging from beyond the grave is possible, I’ve tended to ignore them.  Recently, I’ve even had emails from my Dad, which I don’t open, because he too passed away many years ago.

However, I suppose many other people’s mums are alive and well and quite possibly short of money, so it’s hard to condemn the folly of those who were gulled into subsidising  this little anjing (dog’s) lavish lifestyle.

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Though since the scam is so infamous that there’s even been a horror film based on it, you have to wonder…

Effendi has claimed that he learned the scheme from friends in his hometown, where many people were doing the same type of thing. He also emphasized that he was no longer involved in directly sending scam messages. He said that he supervised his subordinates instead and provided them with laptops and modems, to facilitate and support their activities.

Oh, well, that’s okay then. 

…He went on to say that his family had urged him to stop, but he had not managed to do so before the police arrested him.  .http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/07/man-behind-mama-minta-pulsa-nabbed.html

Is this geezer for real? He hadn’t managed to stop ripping people off? That’s akin to me saying that I haven’t managed to stop drinking beer or going to parties…

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  • ….of course I haven’t! Because I don’t want to!

The churl deserves no mercy!

But consider the cost of judges, court staff, public prosecution officers, police salaries, etc. involved in bringing this creature to trial. It would be enormous.

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  • How about alternatives?
  • Suppose such frauds instead were delivered to the big Jakarta stadium at Gelora Bung Karno and confined in a fenced off area therein, with an open invitation to all members of the public defrauded by Mama Minta Pulsa schemes?

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  • The participating audience could be permitted to approach, say to within 100 meters of the fenced area, each attendee allowed a maximum of three bricks – one would not wish to be accused of  inflicting excessive punishment!

Tickets for non-participant spectators could be sold, the proceeds to be split fairly between all known fraud-victims.

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PS.

You’re right – I’m merely makan angin, as they say in KL, whiling away an idle morning. Such a project would be giving them arguably more attention than their low-level behaviour deserves.

But politicans convicted of corruption? In this lovely country where so many poor people struggle desperately just to keep body and soul together?

Ticket sales would raise MILLIONS for good causes!

Now THERE’S an idea…

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