Indonesia’s OJK blocks 297 illegal P2P lenders

Written by Cindy Silviana Published on 

Some are hosted on servers located overseas.

The investment alert unit at Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK), along with the IT ministry and local police force, has identified and blocked 297 illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms and one cryptocurrency platform. None of the blocked sites are properly registered with OJK.

Tongam Lumban Tobing, chief of OJK’s investment alert unit, said most of the illegal fintech applications that been found were from Indonesia, but the team also found several entities to be hosted on servers outside Indonesia.

Anthonius Malau, acting director of informatics application control at the IT ministry, revealed that the ministry is flagging suspicious fintech platforms every day. Whenever a new entity is pinpointed, OJK’s investment alert unit is notified for further verification.

“Once a fintech platform has been verified as illegal, we will directly block it. By blocking these illegal platforms, we hope to protect the consumers and public,” Malau said in a press statement.

This year, authorities in Indonesia have blocked 1,369 illegal lending platforms so far. That’s a drop from the 1,773 unlicensed platforms that were banned in the first ten months of last year.

Illegal P2P fintech platforms have been springing up in Indonesia since 2017. Some of these unlicensed platforms charge excessively high interest rates and essentially function as loan sharks. There is also a concern that unregulated fintech portals may abuse the personal information of its users.


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