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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.
The criminals leave a note on the car with a phone number.
Trusting Ukrainians transferred money and never got any cars as “prizes”.
Websites with ads where people advertise to sell goods privately similar to Craigslist are popular in Ukraine.
Scammers were placing ads offering in demand goods and then requested a partial or full pre-payment, but never posted any goods.
Detectives state that up to 100 people apply to the police daily complaining about money lost to scammers.
And this is only in one region, similar picture in other areas, and even more scams in the capital. The population of Dnipro region is listed at 3.2 million people.