Officers from the Surabaya Tipres Satreskrim Polrestabes Unit dismantled a plot of data manipulation fraud or a fictitious order on an online taxi. Four people joined in this plot, namely Frans (28), Deka (25), Adi (26), and Anton (34).

Kasatreskrim Polrestabes Surabaya AKBP Sudamiran said each actor had their respective roles. “The brain in the data manipulation fraud mode is Frans’s suspect, because he has the online driver account,” Sudamiran said at Mapolrestabes Surabaya, Saturday (11/3).

This syndicate operandi mode is manipulating online taxi applications by using other applications. With the application, the driver seems to receive an order from a passenger call and then runs it. In fact, the order is fictitious.

“To fool data in an application belonging to one of the online transportation, the suspect uses Mock Location and Titanium Backup,” Sudamiran said.

According to him, the application works so that drivers can be seen delivering passengers in the online transportation account application. In fact, they were at home and did not deliver passengers.

“The fraudulent activity is carried out only to pursue points in order to get a bonus from the online transportation company,” he added.

In practice, Frans uses three cellphones for three different driver accounts. While other actors who pretend to be passengers use several other cellphones. Every day, they benefit from the bonus of IDR 250 thousand per application they use.

The evidence that was successfully secured by the officers included 10 cellphones, 4 CIMB Niaga ATMs, 1 modem and 1 computer.

The four suspects were charged with Article 35 in conjunction with Article 51 paragraph (1) of the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 19 of 2016 concerning amendments to Republic of Indonesia Law Number 11 of 2008 concerning Information and Electronic Transactions, with the threat of imprisonment of a maximum of 12 (twelve) years and / or fines at most Rp. 12 billion.