A bogus policeman then appears and demands to see the tourist’s wallet.At some point during the inspection he secretly pockets some cash, before handing it back and informing the tourist he is innocent and can go on his way. But quite frankly, the idea of large numbers of fake police frequenting Kiev’s tourist hotspots is preposterous.
Book a taxi by phone or use an online ordering service and you should be given a price.
Most difficulties arise when you catch a taxi in the street and don’t determine a price beforehand.
The scams can start before the foreigner even arrives in the city.
The woman will come up a sob story about a sick child, dying mother, or how she needs money for a visa and plane ticket to visit her new love.
In over 10 years of visiting and living in Kiev we have never been the victims of a street scam and have never met anybody who has actually fallen prey to such a crime.
We strongly suspect that the risk is blown out of proportion by other websites regurgitating content from elsewhere to fill their pages and appear authoritative. Supposedly the scammer walks ahead of the tourist and drops his wallet.Crimes perpetrated against visitors are generally low level.Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.In most cases these so-called relationships usually begin online, through a dating agency website or social network.Although some of these women are genuinely looking for love, many are simply professional daters exploiting the desperation and generosity of these foreigners.Street scams are frequently reported by other websites and government agencies as being fairly commonplace in Kiev.