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How to Protect Yourself from Fraud


As in any big city, when in Moscow you should always be cautious and take time to observe the safety rules of an urban city. Don't carry a wallet full of cash in your back pocket, don't leave your things unattended, and don't drink in the company of strangers. Some rules may be obvious, but there are some tricks and scams specific to Moscow that are worth noting.

Moscow has its pickpockets just like any other capital city. You're unlikely to have a run in with any on above-ground transport, but they do a lot of their work underground, in the subway. Hotspots are the especially busy stations along the ring line – Kurskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kievskaya – as well as the stations at the ends of the lines, which are located close to shopping centers, markets and train stations like Vykhino, Teply Stan, and Yugo-Zapadnaya. Pickpockets are especially active before and during the holidays as well as during rush hour.

Moscow train stations have, perhaps, the highest concentration of petty crimes in the city. One popular scam often used in train stations is to sell cheap cell phones and other electronics for ridiculously low prices. They may offer you a travel iron or a radio, which is supposedly being offered from a popular TV program or a big company conducting a lottery. Just tell them “no”. If you are tempted by a good deal, at best you will find that they have sold you barely-working, cheap goods and at worst you'll get a fake model or criminals will just run away with your money. Most of the cheap cell phones are stolen, so by purchasing them you may also run into problems with law.

On the streets of Moscow you may be met by groups of “gypsies” bothering people (usually women) offering to tell them their fortune or rid them of an evil eye that has supposedly been cast on them by someone else. They are very skilled in involving passersby in conversation. However, don't talk to them even if you are just curious. In two minutes you will be surrounded by a distracting group of people who will manage to walk off with your money, cell phone and whatever else was in your pockets or bags.

Fraud involving cell phones have become more common recently. For example, a distressed man may approach you and ask to use your phone to call his ill mother since his own phone is out of battery. If you sympathize with him he will return your cell phone in a couple of minutes, but you will find that the balance on your phone is significantly lower. This is because the man has transferred your money to his phone. Don't give your phone to people you don't know if you want to avoid getting your money stolen. If you really want to help someone, dial the number and relay the information yourself.

Another type of fraud is when the victim receives a message on their cell phone such as: “Mom, I'm in trouble, send 500 rubles to this number ASAP”. Worried parents usually don't hesitate by calling and transfer the money immediately. If you don't want to loose your money, try contacting other members of your family to see if there really is a problem before sending any money.

Fraud involving bank cards is rare in Moscow, although it doesn't hurt to be prepared.  The most prevalent tactic is the so-called “Lebanese loop”. The offender will insert a loop of film into the ATM waiting for his first victim's bank card to get stuck. Then he will approach the victim acting sympathetic, saying that he too, had the same problem. After trying together a few more times, the offender will suggest that the victim immediately calls or visits the bank. When the victim decides that the situation is hopeless, the offender will take the card from the ATM and run off, already knowing the pin code. If you experience problems with your bank card at the ATM, do not accept help from strangers. Call your bank immediately and block any activity on your card.

To be safe, try not to use the services of unofficial taxi drivers, especially at night. Although most of them are working honestly to put food on the table, there have been many cases when passengers get into a car and become the victim of a robbery.