Warning: Scams In Riga Latvia

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Down Town, Riga, Latvia

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Foreigner beware. You are a target in Riga, Latvia Jun 30, 2008
So I was walking on the Street in down town Riga when I met this girl who claimed that her name was Danielle. She took me into this club and when I was inside I was handed a bill for around 150Lat. (~$300.00USD) I asked what it was for and the guy said so that I could live tomorrow, pay up, or get the shit kicked out of you.

Be cautious of the girls and clubs in Riga. Actually just stay away from them completely.


CRIME: Crime in Riga is generally non-violent. The majority of non-violent crime tends toward acts of pickpocketing, identity theft, and personal scams. However, there have been instances of serious violent assaults and robberies. Street crime is a serious problem, particularly for tourists. In addition to pickpockets in all public areas, there are numerous scam artists targeting foreigners in the tourist pubs and restaurants. There have been a number of reports recently of foreign tourists being exorbitant prices for drinks in bars. Some have then been assaulted or forced to withdraw money from an ATM to pay the bill. You can avoid situations like this by ensuring that you check the price of drinks before ordering, pay for one round at a time and seek recommendations for bars from trustworthy sources. There have also been a few cases of tourists and residents being drugged in bars and restaurants and then taken outside or to their residences and robbed. In any public area, one should always be alert, particularly to being surrounded by two or more people at once. It is not uncommon for groups of pickpockets to attempt to overwhelm their victim. Gangs of professional pickpockets are specifically targeting foreigners, particularly those carrying backpacks. In addition, Riga has one of the highest rates of car theft in the world.

Internet crime is a growing concern in Latvia. Common fraudulent schemes involve both Internet auction sites and Internet job search sites. In the first scam, criminals offer valuable items for sale at low prices on Internet auctions and request that payments be sent by wire transfer to a bank in Latvia or through a fraudulent escrow site that they have created themselves. In this scheme, the money passes through a bank in Latvia and is quickly withdrawn by ATM or transferred to a bank in another country. It is very difficult in these cases to discover the identities of the account holders or recover the funds.

The second common sam involves identity theft through false job offers. In this scheme, a company claiming to be located in Latvia, but which has anon-existent address, offers the victim employment as a U.S. – based agent or freight forwarder. When the victim responds to the job offer, commonly posted on one of several popular Internet job sites, a Social Security Number and other identifying information needed for the identity theft is required under the guise of conducting a background check.
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ponzo says:
Brilliant Gentlemens Club
Baumana 9
Tlf.: +37 167287815
VISA signature: Brilliant-Nakts klubs

Be happy if you still have money at your account after a visit here.

I have got a transaction overview from DNB bank about an incidente from a weekendtrip to Riga:
From card: 4925055001453941
All in local valuta.

2012-02-11 02:05:10 250,00 LV Acceptet transaction
2012-02-11 02:54:25 1075,70 LV Accepted transaction
2012-02-11 03:27:44 795,80 LV Accepted transaction
2012-02-11 04:08:16 772,80 LV Not accepted transaction (not enough at account)
2012-02-11 04:09:41 700,00 LV Not accepted transaction (not enough at account)
2012-02-11 04:10:18 600,00 LV Accepted transaction

I was not consciously after two friendly people from Donagans pub visited my hotelroom until I woke up at the middle of the day with my Visa-card intact at the room.
I found it was a problem when I tried to withdraw money the same day.

Congratulaten to this Club who managed to emty my account for about 3500 EUR. As you see the last transaction was tried severel times until they found an amount the account could cover.
Posted on: Feb 27, 2012
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