The new faces of fraud in Southeast Asia (Infographic)

Original article published on Tech in Asia

For as long as there has been money to be made, there has also been fraud. Bad actors have come up with all sorts of schemes in order to make a quick buck and the rise of the digital economy has created new vulnerabilities that fraudsters can exploit.

Let’s take ride-hailing, for example. In 2019, a study conducted by Spire Research & Consulting found that a sizable chunk of e-hails in Indonesia were were fraudulent. These deceptive bookings were made by bad actors trying to take advantage of driver incentive programs by using fake accounts and GPS spoofing.

As Southeast Asia rides a wave of digitalization and more people become part of the internet economy, the rate of online deceit has catapulted, and fraudsters are getting more creative.

In light of all this, we’re taking a closer look at the state of online fraud in Southeast Asia.

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Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

COVID-19 has dealt an unprecedented blow to the tourism industry, affecting the livelihoods of millions of workers. One of them was Komsan, an assistant chef in a luxury hotel based in the Srinakarin area.

As the number of tourists at the hotel plunged, he decided to sign up as a GrabFood delivery-partner to earn an alternative income. Soon after, the hotel ceased operations.

Komsan has viewed this change through an optimistic lens, calling it the perfect opportunity for him to embark on a fresh journey after his previous job. Aside from GrabFood deliveries, he now also picks up GrabExpress jobs. It can get tiring, having to shuttle between different locations, but Komsan finds it exciting. And mostly, he’s glad to get his income back on track.