We strongly suspect that the risk is blown out of proportion by other websites regurgitating content from elsewhere to fill their pages and appear authoritative. Supposedly the scammer walks ahead of the tourist and drops his wallet.The tourist, being good-natured of course, picks up the wallet and returns it to the scammer.
Under Ukrainian law you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times.
Although the police in Kiev are no angels, they don’t, unlike their counterparts in Moscow, routinely pester foreigners for documents and bribes.
Although some of these women are genuinely looking for love, many are simply professional daters exploiting the desperation and generosity of these foreigners.
The scams can start before the foreigner even arrives in the city.
At some point during the inspection he secretly pockets some cash, before handing it back and informing the tourist he is innocent and can go on his way. But quite frankly, the idea of large numbers of fake police frequenting Kiev’s tourist hotspots is preposterous.