Like to share my experiences with those who planned to go Bali, be careful when changing rupiah there. ALWAYS go the the Authorised Money Changer. 'Authorised' I mean not just written, cos' all will claimed as 'Authorised'. Only look for those shops with the words started with 'P.T' e.g P.T. abc Authorised Money Changer or 'P.T xyz Authorised Money Changer. Avoid going to those at the side lane, though they'll placed a signboard on the main road written as 'Authorised Money Changer' with various rates (always higher) and an arrow pointing to the small lane.
Happened to me twice. I went to one to change S$200/- They usually take rupiah 20,000 notes (instead of 50,000 or 100,000 notes) so that it'll be a lot to count. They started counting in front of u in a stack of 10 pieces. For my case will be a stack of 10pcs in 20,000 & about 7 stacks + some small notes (S$200 is approx 1,400,000+). So when u started to count again, 1st stack will always be 9 pcs only, then they will add another 1 x 20,000 and started counting again. Now, I think this is the time where they'll do the magic trick. If you trust them & do not count again, u probably get only 7 x 20,000 per stack.I don't know how they do it but I didn't get cheated because I am slow. I tend to count & count as I'm kind of confused with the many 'zero'. Somehow I just didn't get 70pcs of 20,000. The guy eventually got frastrated & return me my S$200, then chase me away.
I didn't realise that it's a trick, thinking it my fault until I went to another money changer & same thing happened. I was chased out again....fortunately..!
I was later told by an Italian lady shop owner whom get cheated when she 1st went to Bali many years ago. Remember, an Authorised Money Changers' shop name will always start with 'P.T' something something. I don't know what does it mean but they will always issue official reciept & u will not get to see '刘谦'(老千) magic trick.....