Bali nightmare as Brisbane OnlyFans model Geena Coulson and friend robbed THREE times


EXCLUSIVE: Model’s Bali holiday nightmare: Young woman reveals how she her friend were robbed THREE times in one night – and the sneaky trick local cops pulled on them

  • Australian model and her friend were robbed three times in one night in Bali
  • They had two phones ripped from their hands by sneaky thieves on motorbikes
  • Geena Coulson also had her bank card skimmed and cloned while at a nightclub
  • The thieves drained her account and left her penniless and sobbing in her room 

An Australian model has told how a holiday in paradise ended in a terrifying nightmare after she and her friend were robbed three times in one night.

Geena Coulson, 26, from Brisbane, was on a nine-day dream trip to Bali last week when thieves drained her bank account and ripped her phone from her hands.

She was left penniless and distraught – but locals told her she’d need to bribe the police to investigate – or pay off the thieves to get her expensive new iPhone back.  

‘I thought I was going to a luxury island holiday, not a third world country,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘It was a nightmare. I felt unsafe the whole time.’

Australian model Geena Coulson has revealed how a holiday in paradise ended in a terrifying nightmare after she and her friend were robbed three times in one night

Australian model Geena Coulson has revealed how a holiday in paradise ended in a terrifying nightmare after she and her friend were robbed three times in one night

Ms Coulson, 26, from Brisbane, was on a nine-day dream trip to Bali when thieves drained her bank account and ripped her phone from her hands

Ms Coulson, 26, from Brisbane, was on a nine-day dream trip to Bali when thieves drained her bank account and ripped her phone from her hands

Ms Coulson and her friend were halfway through their first overseas trip since the Covid lockdowns when they enjoyed a night at the local Potato Club last Wednesday.

When the pair left, they took separate moped taxis to their next stop and Ms Coulson’s friend was helping the driver navigate using Google Maps on his phone.

But as they drove through the backstreets of Bali, a sneaky thief grabbed the driver’s phone from the friend’s hand and sped off, sparking a terrifying high speed chase.

‘The driver freaked out and he started chasing the guy who stole his phone,’ said Ms Coulson. 

‘He going 100 km/h though the streets and my friend’s begging him to  pull over – she was terrified.’

Geena Coulson was left penniless and distraught - but locals told her she'd need to bribe the police to investigate...or pay off the thieves to return her expensive new iPhone

Geena Coulson was left penniless and distraught – but locals told her she’d need to bribe the police to investigate…or pay off the thieves to return her expensive new iPhone

Geena Coulson and her friend took separate moped taxis to their next stop and Ms Coulson's friend was helping the driver navigate using Google Maps on his phone

Geena Coulson and her friend took separate moped taxis to their next stop and Ms Coulson’s friend was helping the driver navigate using Google Maps on his phone

Geena Coulson says she felt unsafe the whole time she was in Bali

Geena Coulson says she felt unsafe the whole time she was in Bali

As her friend clung on for dear life, she rang Ms Coulson on her own phone and begged her to come and get her.

When Ms Coulson’s driver reached the scene, another thief on a bike appeared, and snatched the Aussie model’s phone out of her hand.

‘I had no idea what was going on,’ she said. 

‘I have her location on my phone on Facebook and I’m telling my driver where to go. 

‘And then this other bike he goes past me and just snatches my phone out of my hand and then drives away.  

‘I was like, “He stole my phone!” but the driver didn’t chase him.’

She added: ‘I don’t know if it was the same person because now I’m in robber country, I guess.’

The sobbing pair finally got back to their room where they spent an hour on hold trying to speak to Ms Coulson’s bank.

She feared the thieves would access her internet banking, and when she finally spoke to customer services, she was told her account had been emptied.

Her bank card had already been skimmed and cloned when she used it at an ATM earlier, and the thieves quickly took what they could.

The high tech criminals had drained all the cash in the account – and run up a $250 overdraft – leaving her penniless.

‘The ATM was rigged and they just took everything,’ she revealed.

‘But when I went to the police, I was told I could either get a report for my insurance claim…or I could get them to investigate – but I couldn’t get both.

‘I thought that was really weird – but then people messaged me to tell me I needed to bribe the cops to get them to do both.

‘I thought was crazy. That is the last thing I want to do – I don’t want to get arrested for bribing the police and end up in jail.’

Geena Coulson later found out her bank card had been skimmed and cloned when she used it in the ATM at Bali's Potato Club, and the thieves quickly took what they could

Geena Coulson later found out her bank card had been skimmed and cloned when she used it in the ATM at Bali’s Potato Club, and the thieves quickly took what they could

The pair attempted becoming detectives themselves the next day, tracing the phone via the Find My Phone app – but had no success.

‘We actually caught a taxi to the last known location of the phone, but we couldn’t see it anywhere around there,’ she said.

‘Our taxi driver told us like if we could get in contact with the person that stole my phone, we could bribe them for it back but we couldn’t because the phone was off.’

The pair desperately tried to bring their departure date forward so they could flee the Indonesian holiday island earlier than planned but were unable.

Geena Coulson said she felt in danger everywhere she went: 'I wouldn't recommend (Bali) to anyone. I'm going to stick to First World countries in future'

Geena Coulson said she felt in danger everywhere she went: ‘I wouldn’t recommend (Bali) to anyone. I’m going to stick to First World countries in future’

They eventually flew home on Sunday and Ms Coulson added: ‘The highlight of our whole trip was when we were at the airport. 

‘We were just hoping nothing else went wrong before we could leave.’

The bank has since told her it could take weeks to recover the $500 stolen from her account, while insurance will only cover the first $1000 of her $2200 iPhone 13 Pro. 

Ms Coulson had previously been overseas on trips to New York in the US without incident and thought she was headed for a tropical paradise in Bali.

But she said she felt in danger everywhere she went.

‘I was definitely there under the wrong impression,’ the OnlyFans star told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘I saw all these social media influencers saying how great it is.

‘But I felt unsafe the whole time. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I’m going to stick to First World countries in future.’

Aussie details the hidden horrors of Bali after she’s STABBED on a scooter and robbed as she admits she had ‘no idea’ about the common method thieves use

 BY DANYAL HUSSAN FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

An Australian woman has offered a word of warning to other tourists after she was stabbed and robbed by a man on a motorbike in Bali. 

Eliza Whitford, a physio student and pilates instructor from Melbourne, took to TikTok to share her traumatic experience. 

The 23-year-old detailed the horror week, claiming she was not only nursing a stabbing wound but had also been bitten on the eye by a mosquito.

Ms Whitford said she briefly spotted the man on the back of the motorbike before he pulled out a knife, stabbing her and stealing her bag, wallet and all of her cash.

She later said that she had ‘no idea’ about the common attack. 

In the video, she showed the scar and bandages on her thigh after the stabbing.  

Responding to a comment on TikTok, she explained: ‘Insane! Pretty much was just on the scooter with my boyfriend and he came right up next to us on a bike and cut my bag off/leg in the process.’

Eliza Whitford, a physio student and pilates instructor, took to TikTok to share her experience in Bali

Eliza Whitford, a physio student and pilates instructor, took to TikTok to share her experience in Bali

Ms Whitford is not the first Aussie to fall victim to the common attack in Bali. 

Tourists have complained of motorbike thefts for several years, and those who use their phones on moped or scooters are usually the prime targets.

In the common scam, a local on a moped rides up to the tourist and snatches the phone out of their hand before speeding off. 

Several tourists, from Australians to Brits, have reported falling victim to the attack. 

Ms Whitford, later said that she had 'no idea' about the common attack - which several Aussies have fallen victim to

Ms Whitford, later said that she had ‘no idea’ about the common attack – which several Aussies have fallen victim to 

Responding to a comment on TikTok, she explained: 'Insane! Pretty much was just on the scooter with my boyfriend and he came right up next to us on a bike and cut my bag off/leg in the process'

Responding to a comment on TikTok, she explained: ‘Insane! Pretty much was just on the scooter with my boyfriend and he came right up next to us on a bike and cut my bag off/leg in the process’

Ms Whitford's leg after she was stabbed and robbed by a man on a moped while out in Bali

Ms Whitford’s leg after she was stabbed and robbed by a man on a moped while out in Bali

In 2019, Australian tourist Andrew Bateman and his 17-year-old daughter Hannah were forced to end their Bali holiday early after they were thrown off their scooter by two locals wanting to get their hands on his new iPhone.

‘Hannah had my phone on the back with GPS and maps, but out of nowhere two guys came flying alongside and grabbed my mobile from her,’ Mr Bateman said. 

Hannah tried snatch it back, but the men grabbed her arm and pulled them both off the bike at speed.

They tumbled off the bike and hit the ground.

Mr Bateman, who is an experienced motorbike rider, suffered five broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a broken scapular, and cuts and grazes.

The teenage girl had a fractured wrist and deep gashes all over her legs.

‘We could have both easily died,’ the father said.

‘My daughter was absolutely terrified and didn’t want to leave motel or go outside.’

The pair were helped by friendly locals who gave them a lift back to the hotel where they ‘administered first aid on each other’.

Mr Bateman said he was in too much pain to go to the police and wasn’t comfortable visiting an Indonesian hospital.

He quickly changed their flights to leave the next day.

Andrew Bateman with his partner Kristy Clebsch pose for a selfie before the Bali trip

Andrew Bateman with his partner Kristy Clebsch pose for a selfie before the Bali trip

The father and daughter endured ’30 hours of immense pain’ during the trip home. 

They finally made it to the Prince of Wales trauma unit in Sydney where their injuries were treated. 

While the brand new iPhone XS was lost and his insurance only covered a fraction of the cost, the man acknowledged it ‘could have been much worse’. 

The Australian government advises tourists to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’ when travelling in Bali.

‘Be conscious of your personal security,’ Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) warns.

‘Be aware of risks, particularly in tourist locations such as Bali and Lombok, relating to violent and petty crime; sexual assault; drink-spiking and consumption of alcohol contaminated with harmful substances such as methanol; scams and credit card/ATM fraud.’

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