Jakarta, where the con man is alleged to have robbed people. Photo: iStock

Indonesian police have arrested a Singaporean alleged to have conned people and robbed them. Police think the man, identified only as BS, may have been part of a group using various methods to separate people from their money, South Jakarta police criminal investigation unit chief Stefanus Tamuntuan was quoted as saying in a report by Kompas.com.

On July 21, a 60-year-old woman reported she was conned by BS out of 40 million rupiah (US$2,763). She gave police evidence that included money, three CCTV video tapes and a business card with the logo of the Shell oil company on it.

The woman’s daughter said her mother was approached by an older man who asked for her help to withdraw money from a bank in Cipulir, South Jakarta. Another victim told the police he was scammed and lost 70 million rupiah to the suspect.

On August 1, Jakarta police arrested BS at the arrival gate of Husein Sastranegara Airport in West Java. Evidence such as ownership certificates and bank cheques worth 1.3 billion rupiah were also confiscated. The police investigation is ongoing.