Marriage and dating scams are quite relatively common.
Many foreign men are tempted to Kiev by the prospect of a relationship with a young and beautiful Ukrainian woman.
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.
Anybody that has actually visited the city will know that there are far too many real police in such places.
Ukrainian police aren’t perfect but certainly wouldn’t tolerate bogus police operating on their patch.
More often than not though, these women will wait until the foreign man is in Ukraine and is most susceptible to their charms.
Shopping extravaganzas and visits to expensive restaurants are the usual methods of extracting cash.
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.Although the police in Kiev are no angels, they don’t, unlike their counterparts in Moscow, routinely pester foreigners for documents and bribes.We have never been stopped in the street by the police and very rarely see others being stopped and having their documents checked.When we venture into Kiev in the afternoon we’ll inevitably see at least one aging foreigner being dragged around the city’s boutiques by a beautiful young girl and their ‘interpreter’.Taxi scams are also common but can easily be avoided.