If you see a group of people like this on the street, there's no reason for you to get involved especially if you are invited to get involved. I haven't heard of the 'bump you into the crowded place' con in Ukraine but in other countries, yes. Ukrainian people, to me at least, are relatively reserved, and it's very unlikely any Ukrainian citizen will approach you on the street.
If you are approached by an ordinary looking person on the street, even a native English speaker, you don't have to talk with that person. Remember, con artists are really confidence tricksters. They rob you after you feel comfortable with them.
Con artists exist in all countries, and they've existed through all time. In his book 'Commentaries, ' Julius Caesar referred to himself in the third person, for example. If you take a taxi in Kiev , agree to the price to your destination before you get into the taxi. That's the way to do it on the street in Kiev. Also, you won't hear much English spoken in Ukraine. If you don't speak Russian or Ukrainian, an English speaking guide will make your trip much more enjoyable. Well, but "passport control" i.
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All right, I slept over the first impression of being interrogated here, so we can go on talking of scams: Indeed, as Aeolis mentioned, the lost wallet scam has been the most often reported here on the forum that was why I suggested looking through the trip reports. And of course, taxi drivers, just like in nearly any country of the world, will never miss a chance to rip you off, especially if you speak English.
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But again, all depends on why you actually need to interact with them. Like the fine people above mentioned: I never encountered one living in Ukraine though, and I was there for 28 months. I lived very close to Odessa however, and I was always surprised by how many foreign men came to the city expecting to find a wife.
Ukraine, especially Odessa, is a beautiful place and quite frankly, the girls there aren't in fact "dying to leave". I have heard western men complain that the women they "came to meet" weren't interested and that they felt "scammed". If you're speaking to a "woman" from Ukraine via the internet - beware that they may not even exist in the first place That's the only complaint I heard quite frequently by disgruntled wife hunters. Totally agree on negotiating taxi cost ahead of time.
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ATM's are safe, but call your bank and let them know you will be using your card in Ukraine as sometimes banks cut them off when they're used there without notifying them first mine did when I first moved to Ukraine. Sadly these scams and our now open trust in the internet, is partly what gives counties like Ukraine a bad name without just cause, In fact without any cause at all. As you mention these girls may not even exist, and if they did, what proves the scams are based in Ukraine..
The gold ring scam is endemic in tourist areas of Paris and other popular tourist areas within and around Europe. They catch you as you are walking along. The gypsy will be very earnest and convincing as she presses the ring into your palm and scampers away.
And a very realistic gold ring it is too, with a good weight and lustre,. Anyway, part two of the scam lies ahead as you pass the gypsy again, now ensconsed at the side of the path with her family of young children, begging the passers-by for food and money. The idea is that you recall her kindness giving you this valuable gold ring, and repay it by giving her some cold hard cash. Travellers walking alone or using public transportation will be accidentally bumped into by one or numerous people. The person will politely apologize and slowly walk away.
These all come under 'common sense' and staying aware of your surroundings especially in an unfamiliar environment. Saying all of this, i'm yet to set foot into Europe, I still feel it applies across the board World Wide. Ashley, Great article about your Chernobyl experience.. Thanks for the link. Thanks a lot, mate! Not in the context of Ukraine though.
But there are more chances to be quietly pick-pocketed in metro or marshrutka than loudly bumped into. These happen world wide, Names of each scheme i'm sure differ from country and country. I'm expecting and fairly confident Ukrainians will be a welcoming and friendly mod, not wanting or hoping to 'try' and steal and nice Aussie's wallet.. We have similar issues here in Australia, these crimes seem to come in waves More stories from South Australia. If you have inside knowledge of a topic in the news, contact the ABC. ABC teams share the story behind the story and insights into the making of digital, TV and radio content.
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