A group of scammers and fake currency exchangers exposed in Kyiv

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The National Police of Kyiv uncovered a group of scammers who organized fake exchangers

Fraudsters defrauded seven citizens of 122,000 euros and 282,000 US dollars.



Metropolitan Police Chief Ivan Vyhovsky said that investigators and investigators had done painstaking work to identify the organizer and five accomplices of the fraudulent scheme who took possession of citizens' money. This was reported by the National Police of Kyiv on Facebook.

The group operated for about a year. Among the accomplices were the organizer, the so-called cashiers, and the couriers. As we know, the perpetrators posted on the Internet announcements about currency exchange at a favorable rate and, to implement the criminal scheme, set up fictitious exchange points in rented premises in Shevchenkovsky, Podolsky, and Solomensky districts. Information about the exchange of money interested seven citizens who came with cash to the specified addresses. However, when clients gave foreign currency to the “employees” for calculation, the scammers fled through the emergency exit in the room,” Ivan Vygotsky said.

After carrying out complex operational measures, the criminal investigation officers exposed six group members. Three are in a pre-trial detention center; the rest are under round-the-clock house arrest.

The police are checking the defendants for involvement in similar crimes. In addition, we remind the people of Kyiv and residents of the capital to be careful when choosing institutions that carry out financial transactions. In case of doubt about legal activities, inform the relevant services and law enforcement officers, - Ivan Vyhovsky added.

The suspects were informed of the suspicion of committing criminal offenses under Part 4 of Art. 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine - fraud perpetrated on a vast scale and under Part 5 of Art. 186 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine - a robbery committed by an organized group under martial law. The sanction of the article provides for imprisonment for eight to thirteen years with confiscation of property.

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