In general, Kiev is as safe as most Western European countries.

The tourist, being good-natured of course, picks up the wallet and returns it to the scammer.

The scammer appears grateful but, after counting the money in his wallet, announces that some of his cash as missing.

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.

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.Many taxi drivers will attempt to charge you an exorbitant fee, only revealed at the end of the journey.If you really have to get a taxi from the street, always agree a price before getting in the vehicle and you shouldn’t have any problems.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.The scams can start before the foreigner even arrives in the city.