I am just ing you to let you know about Tinder scams in Saint Petersburg, Russiaso that you can inform your readers so that they don't suffer the same financial expenditure I did! Basically, I met a woman on Tinder back in June who I was chatting with for some time and then I arranged to meet her on Nevsky Avenue for a drink one evening.
I immediately grew suspicious upon entering this bar as it was only around 7pm and the place was quiet yet it had 1 or 2 security guys on the door, plus my instinct was telling me that the staff there knew my "Date" without any of them actually acknowledging each other, and in addition there were a couple of attractive girls sat at the bar alone.
Even though I had these instincts, I still stayed as I had never heard of people being scammed in this way in Russia, or anywhere else for that matter and I am very well travelled.
I refused to pay for the wine and asked her to order another drink instead, so she opted for a cocktail which I did not see the price of and the meat tray, whilst I order a reasonably priced beer for myself. I was getting a bad feeling about the bar still, so I told her I wanted to go somewhere else midway through my first drink, however she was quite insistent that she wanted to stay in this bar.
After checking the reviews of this bar on Google some time after, it was clear other people had had a similar experience to me and that this bar was clearly a scam bar. Anyway, after leaving that bar, the Date wanted to go to another bar just a few doors up from the Secret Service Pub, which again looked quite empty and ominous so I refused and instead we carried on walking up the road until I found a bar that was quite busy and looked safe.
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She was reluctant to go in, but I managed to persuade her saying we would just go to this bar for a couple of drinks. Anyway, when we got in there her attitude completely changed and she began constantly playing with her phone, and after 15 or so minutes two of her friends showed up and I then even get a worse feeling about events and made my excuses and left.
So after a couple more drinks on my own, I went back onto Tinder and started chatting with another girl who, quite quickly, agreed to meet me that night. I had had a few drinks by this stage so I wasn't thinking straight, as there should have been alarm bells ringing as it was around 10pm at that point on a week day night not the weekend and she agreed to meet me after not such a substantial degree of conversation. Anyway, when my second "Date" showed, her and her friend seemed really nice and I did not have any suspicions this time around.
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So when we entered this place the girls wanted to order a bottle of champagne, which again seemed highly overpriced around 5, Russian Rubles from memoryhowever I agreed to pay for just the one bottle to start things off with the intention of then going on to something cheaper as I was well aware of the expensive pricing. But after the first bottle, the waitress kept coming back and I kept ordering this clearly overpriced champagne, even though I was well aware from the first bottle that it was overpriced, which le me to believe that the waitress must have put something in my drink to make me more suggestive to keep paying for such low quality overpriced champagne or one of the two girls put something in my drink, either way it was apparent afterwards that both the two girls Petersburg dating agency reviews the venue were in on this deceptive scamand the venue even charged an excessive amount for each Karaoke song I have been to quite a few Karaoke bars around the world and have never been charged per song for Karaoke and also charged excessive prices for Sheisha, which again I knew was highly overpriced yet I kept paying which le me further to believe that I was drugged in some way.
You were even allowed to smoke cigarettes sat at your seat in this Karaoke bar, which should have raised alarm bells also given that smoking in bars appears to be banned at all the other bars I have been to in Saint Petersburg to this bar. The bizarre thing was, that second Date was messaging me the next day asking if I wanted to go out again with her!
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When I questioned the pricing from the night before she said that was "normal", however we all know that type of spending on a night out is not "normal" for most people! Again, after checking the reviews of this Karaoke bar on google other people have had the same type of scam experience at that place. Anyway, in summary, I did not report any of this to the police as there did not seem any point as I would not be able to claim such "theft" on my travel insurance and, as I am sure you know, the police have a reputation for being very corrupt in Russia. I doubt there is a city that attracts visitors that does not have these hookup schemes.
Why come so far for quick sex, your own neighborhood would have been better fishing since at least you both can speak the same language. As the economy improved, women stopped ing up when they were being conned also so by or so, that parade of clueless men coming to serially "date" dozens of Petersburg dating agency reviews women who were hoping to move to a better life, stopped.
But the image in the west continued. I still hear it all the time, poor women will do anything to be with a western man.
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Ah, no, if any, Russian woman are the least in need of or accepting of, that lowering of personal standards and esteem. That trade moved to Ukraine in about and now has been revived. Meeting women in St Petersburg is the easiest thing in the world, and guy who is polite and has something interesting to say can strike up a conversation with anyone.
But it appears that those two qualifiers were beyond the scope of talents and interests of the OP. The quality, in terms or intelligence, education, temperament, sanity, humanity, and sincerity is VERY high as a general rule so a guy with something to contribute to the conversation, with respect and manners would be welcome to chat with anyone and be rewarded with possibly making a new friend.
Apparently, the OP believed the myths about women being desperate so will go with guys who invest only a few minutes of online chat.
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They were both scamming each other, he was using the image he exploited as a well-off guy and she knew his horniness exceeded his common sense, and she won. They were actually a good match. But that in no way reflects on the vast majority of women here, who do have a lot going for them, as independent, well adjusted, well educated attractive singles who enjoy socializing, travel and their careers. What got me by the first post was how he seemed to think he was taken advantage of and was just doing a normal thing that a travel forum would benefit from. No, hanging out on Tinder is NOT something to assume to be normal and it was no more a scam on her part as his intended but shorted circuited scam.
She was just smarter and a better judge of character, or lack of it. To make acquaintance with the opposite sex, it is really simple; go do something that you really are interested in for its own sake, and you will find others doing the same thing for the same reasons and Petersburg dating agency reviews something in common. St Petersburg is one of the most pleasant places on earth to socialize, and so easy to meet people as interesting, or not, as you are. The quality of people one meets, if they are polite and have something interesting to say, is amazing.
If someone does not meet an entirely new circle of friends in a week here, they might just be anti-social. I went in once with a female who brought a friend along. I strongly suspect my company was in bed with the management because they urged me to get another bottle and go to some karaoke box. Luckily I bailed and declined subsequent offers to meet there. I have lived in St Petersburg as an ex-pat for over a year, and every foreigner I have met had the same story to tell.
I am quite surprised that people are trying to argue with the original post, and even imply that he is at fault. Every time I go out at night, I have numerous invitations to Karaoke bars - at every single corner, there are potential scammers. We even get accosted in Burger King on Nevsky, without looking to meet anyone.
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Many women are unsuspecting: some can pretend so well to be sincere and mature when talking to you, only to turn on you sometime later with the deadly invitation to a scam t. Add alcohol to this, and you are as vulnerable as a wounded cat crossing a highway. Now can you blame someone for looking to meet the opposite sex, when his intentions are purely human?
Don't women share the same desires to meet men too?
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But why does this path have to be so fraught with danger, especially in Eastern Europe? I agree, to some extent, with Stanj's post: I think the best way to meet people, is to go to places of similar interests. Nightclubs and bars, in general, are the breeding grounds for these kinds of negative experiences.
But where I disagree with Stanj is that it is not very easy to strike up an acquaintance with women in Stpb. I believe there are not many options, conducive to meeting the opposite sex, which leaves most people with the mediums of online dating, like Tinder, and bars and clubs.
I'd suggest to ask out on a first date in a park. If the Tinder girl insists on karaoke, that's a scam :.
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Las Torres is not a scam place! Those girls are trying to hide their right purposes. After when you meet the girls front of the Las Torres they try to take you to the Secret Service bar directly.
Secret Service is one of the scam places in the city. Lol i am in ST Petersburg now. My friend lost euro, his phone and his hat because of some bar girls last night. Be careful in Russia! Tripadvisor staff removed this post because it did not meet Tripadvisor's forum guideline protecting the personal privacy of our users. We will remove messages that include real names, e-mail addresses, phone s, street addresses, Instant Messenger handles and nicknames that are provided without permission from that user.
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