Tourist that I met from Germany told me about the following incident that happened to him:
he was walking in old town while it was already dark (in winter time it gets dark quite early that is around 15:00) and than he was addressed by a stranger that had a cent of alcohol from his mouth.
The stranger was holding five coins in his hand, he addressed the German tourist that told him that he has 5 coins of 2 Lats and need to switch them into a bill of 10 Lats and asked him if he would be willing to switch them. the German tourist agreed and gave a 10 Lats bill to the stranger and took the 5 coins.
As the German tourist told me, this stranger was actually very friendly and offered to help with recommending on a good restaurant where he would have a good meal.
After the “deal”, the German tourist continued to walk and looked again at the coins that he got, then he realised that these coins are not Latvian 2 Lats coins but coins of 2 Lithuanian Lita!
Lithuanian 2 Lita coins looks very similar to the Latvian 2 Lats coin but their value is far lower. (According to Google exchange rates the Value of One Lithuanian Lita is 0.203303818 Latvian Lat)
The German tourist went back to look for the stranger but this stranger was no longer there and could not be found.
the German tourist was scammed by this stranger!
The lesson from this is:
In Riga (and also in other places), watch out from making deals with friendly strangers that you meet on the street.
know the difference between a Latvian 2 Lats coin to a Lithuanian 2 Lita coin!
(I added pictures of the coins in: <a href="playriga.com/index/…two-lat-two-lita-scam">http://www.playriga.com/index/general-information/complaints-about-riga/two-lat-two-lita-scam</a>)
BoazEdited: 18 January 2011, 23:23