Older ladies show them cash, which fraudsters put in an envelope together with the “discount coupon” offering an extremely good price, and then skilfully replace the envelope with another one, which has no money inside but some newspaper off cuts. Apartment rentals are another area where scams are rampant.
Scammers rent an apartment for one day and show it to long-term renters as if they owned the unit and take a deposit, sometimes from several potential clients.
One lady told how she was talking to criminals in the middle of the night and the amount requested kept becoming larger, while she was just having fun — her baby son was sleeping in her arms.
In 2017 only in Kharkiv region 668 people were accused in fraud. In Dnipro (Dnepropetrovsk) region 642 cases had been opened in 2017 regarding an alleged fraud.
But the opened cases are just the tip of the iceberg.
Such fake sellers also collect credit card details, which they use for online purchases.
Scammers use popular items as a bait, such as mobile phones, electronic gadgets, TVs. Con artists steal number plates from cars and then hide them somewhere near the place of theft.
For instance, mothers or grandmothers are told the son or grandson committed a crime and a bribe is required to stop the police from opening a case.
Because in Ukraine it’s possible to transfer funds to a phone number or a card instantly, some sensitive mothers get so scared that they send money, as corruption is widespread and they are not surprised about such a request.
Then scammers demanded a payment in the size of 1.5 to 5% of the price of the car, explaining that the money were necessary to cover some “taxes” or “fees”.
Trusting Ukrainians transferred money and never got any cars as “prizes”.
This time we are not talking about scams in the system of PPL dating sites, but discuss the general situation in Ukraine.