The task force discovers many illegal online lending platforms based in the United States and Hong Kong

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Investment Watch Task Force found that many illegal online loan service providers operating in Indonesia used overseas-based servers, such as in the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

“Based on our monitoring in 2019 of 1,300 illegal online lending platforms, many servers used servers based in the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. But most of them they are in Indonesia,” Tongam said in central Jakarta on Friday, September 16. , 2022.

Tongam paused before detailing the number. However, he said there are many other illegal lending platforms that have yet to be detected. “Because the offers are made via SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook.”

In August 2022, the task force identified 71 illegal lending platforms. From August 2018 to August 2022, the task force shut down 4,160 unlicensed platforms. However, the practice remained rampant in the community.

“The Investment Watch Task Force receives complaints every day. Although some of the perpetrators have been brought to justice, it appears they are undeterred,” Tongam said.

Tongam encouraged law enforcement officials to pursue the hunt and arrest of perpetrators of illegal online lending services. The public is also advised to be aware of any forms of illegal investment or loan offers.

People can view or report suspicious online investment or loan offers at Call the Financial Services Authority (OJK) hotline 157 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

“We continue to educate the public and cooperate with Google, Kominfo to conduct cyber patrols, as well as public transport, MRT, KRL, KAI to raise awareness,” Tongam concluded.

ARRIJAL RACHMAN

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