March 14, 2009

Avoiding Scams and Fraud in the Ukraine

The Ukraine is a developing nation in many ways struggling to establish its economic and social independence from Russia. Its economy and government are largely under reform, although it will be a long and difficult road to achieve Western transparency and efficiency. In this current environment, fraud and scams have run rampant, and therefore Ukraine background checks are essential for both individual and business relationships.

In Kiev, there are a growing number of private invetigators who aim to take on the challenge and rising demand in due diligence and background check cases. Unfortunately, not many investigators in this region are serious and established companies. This makes it hard for foreigners to verify their business partner or potential mate in the Ukraine.

Consumers should be aware of the potential pitfalls when shopping for a private investigation or background check company in the Ukraine. Consider an alternative if the investigator has no references on the internet or from former clients; has no professional website on the internet; only accepts Western Union or wire transfer payment; does not speak proper English; or is not available for a phone conversation.

When possible, consumers should consider using a firm that is based in the U.K. or the U.S., but which has operations in the Ukraine. This can increase the standard of service, since these firms operate according to Western practice. Wymoo is an example of one U.S. company with operations and field investigators in Kiev. As the level of fraud continues to rise, the number of investigators should also increase.

Despite the difficulty in selecting a private investigator in the Ukraine, consumers are well-advised to consider background check and/or due diligence service. Relationships can easily be subject to fraud, so be safe, and verify first.

All the Best,

S. Birch
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