Well, I want to thank Eddie sincerely for posting the clowns picture.
I know, it is off topic, but I just wanted to say something honest. When thinking about how the scammer would look when (s)he receives that picture and the expression on their face... And of course looking at that clown picture has made me laugh a couple of times.
From the deepest gratitude of my heart, I would like to say thank you.
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M.M. from Germany
Howdy Everyone...Its been a while since I have posted anything on here...but I would like some advice. To me she sounds like a scammer, a friend of mine asked me to look at it...he doesn't know that I am asking assistance. He meet this girl on Lavalife. This is what she wrote:
Hello my new friend!!!
My name is Olga, I am the usual young girl. I work as the bookkeeper at a shop. I do not know what to write even. I cannot find my happiness in Russia. And my girlfriend has advised me to apply to a dating agency. By this way she has found the beloved man and has left to him. They are fine happy family now and they have fine children. And I too have thought that I should try this.
For this reason I has written to you. If you look for a happiness as me and want to create happy family, you may write back to me. We shall get acquainted more closer and who knows ... Maybe you are whom I look for.
I will look forward to your letter my dear friend.
Write me to:firstname.lastname@example.org
To me it sounds like a scam...but I am not sure. I looked up the information (google'ed, Yahoo'ed and MSN'ed it) and have not found anything. If someone could please take a look at it and let me know what you think so I can help my friend out here...please send me an e-mail to: email@example.com
Thanks in advance,
Christian from Netherlands
Dear M.M. from Germany,
Well, I do know this kind of email. The same letters as Olga has sent me too, although you may mail me the emails through that you've received from Olga, if you would like.
I will only use these emails to analyse the situation. Perhaps I or anyone else can help you with this. My advise is also to look at the yahoo group called Romance Scams, they help the victims of a scammer or help out the good friend of a victim.
First of all my email address, if you would like this: Destined.Knight@gmail.com
I can give you the link. I have much respect the members and moderators of this fantastic group. A good friend of mine has been helped within this group too. Much information has been given on this site and good people are always there to help out anyone.
The link to Romance Scams: groups.yahoo.com/group/romancescams/
We need a bit more info than you've posted on the forum. And photos wouldn't
hurt either. It's hard to tell a scammer from just one mail. Many real Russian
women have a copy mail that they send to guys on first contact.
The only way to tell for sure if this might be a scammer is to open the header
and trace the IP address. That's it.
Peter from Germany
MM, that a typical scam opening. Can you image a genuine woman talking about creating a happy family in her first letter? A real one would to talk about her desinterest in short-term relations at most.
Sure Eddie is right but I say: No! For 99,9% scam!
anonymous from Germany
I have written her, as soon as I get some more information about this 'Olga' person...I will post it. If she really is a Scammer, I will post something up here. Don't worry. But as of right now, there is no response.
More info. to come.
anonymous from Canada
Has anyone come across this one? i checked the picture search no help
anonymous from United States
Here was the last one I just recently received from another scammer. This one used the e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, although I found on a scam site that this scammer had also used email@example.com so basically watch for changes in the numbers and probably the letter in the middle, also. I have received about 18 photos of whoever this actually is so watch out for him/her.
Hi, dear .....!!! Hello from Moscow!
I'm so happy that i finally got a chance to write to you again!
Thank you for the great photo!!!! it is so great you like Scorpions!!!
Time and time again I feel I becoming closer to you even here still in
my country I am with in my thoughts and in my dreams. Hope you think of
me too. It will be so great to meet you in reality! I will be nervous a
bit you know, but wit’s ok it’s just because I am a bit shy to tell you.
Everything is going as it should, as we planned. So here are the new
details abut my coming.
The quickest plane will be 22nd NOvember, If everything is ok, for which I
keep my figures crossed , I will arrive by this plane.
Agency made international passport for me, i have
scanned it for you.
Here is the information from the agency which they game:
You know in my dreams I thought a lot about our first meeting at the
airport.. Don’t you think it will be just fantastically romantic?
Please please let me know if it’s possible.
Then I started to be afraid if you possibly wouldn’t recognize me... but
you can make a kind of a paper with big letters printed saying my name
and surname so that I could see you easily.
It will be such a long trip and I will probably be tired and sleepy, but
In the agency,they told me I can pass my interview on visa and
get it only when I pay for my trip, I didn't know about it.
I can receive my visa after I pay them whole cost,
so they want to be sure I have roundtrip tickets so I'm not
going to stay illegally over there. I think there rules are too
strict...... Anyway....You know I had much money with me,
but my flight from Tomsk to Moscow
costed so much (about 550$) because it's so far from Moscow. Of course it is my fault
because parents told me that I have to travel by train but I wanted to
do everything faster so I took a plane.
And i have paid much money to old lady for the room i rent.
I couldn’t guess that everything costs so much and they didn't say
anything. Agency say they arranged my trip, passport,insurance ,visa, job
offers and all necessary documents ,but i should pay full cost of this
servises myself. I have to pay them first and
then they will complete all paper work and arrange me visa and
give me tickets. Erlier, they arranged everything and clients paid them
only after coming back from work tour,but becuase of
financial crisis,manager told they had to change the rules 2 weeks ago and
now clients should pay whole sum before flight.So if I really wish to come I
must follow the rules. And the thing is that I really should buy my
tickets otherwise my visa and my whole visit cannot happen. I cannot
even imagine that I started changing my whole life and not when I am
half way did that there is such challenge.
And I thought one thing, is it possible that you could borrow me some money
to pay to the agency?
I can't live here too long because every day I have to spend some money
for food and rent of room. Moscow is a Really expensive city. The cup of
the tea costs about almost two dollars. I think it is not a great amount
I ask and I am sure I will be able to return it
back in a few weeks after I arrive. I will earn some money and from the
first salary I return it back to you. As you know i will work nearby you..
If you can help me, you may send it by Western
Union. It is quite easy to use they said. I have been to the bank and
they gave me
the information. All you need is my name, my surname and address to send
me the money.
My full name is: ANNA KAPARULINA
My address here (where I rent a room)
117463,Russia,Moscow,street Paustovskogo 10-8.
Once you do this, I'll be able to pick up the money at any local Western
Union office in Moscow. We need to do it pretty fast, because we have no
time till my interview, if everything is all right I will be on this
airplane! To receive transfer i will need to know transfer info - MTCN (money transfer
control number) and your full name.Quite easy I think. Please if it not
too hard for you of course.
I have about 300 US dollars. Please try to send about 950 US dollars
so I will be sure I have enough money for all my travel needs and
flight. I know you will try to help me!
I didnt wanted to ask it from you, i have called to my relatieves
and everybody i know ,but nobody can send me this money, i
just loosed all day today on searching money and decided to ask you
I am in such anticipation you know, so eager to come! It
would absolutely fantastic to meet with at the airport, you know just like in
my dreams. I hope our relations will go on next level. I'm sure
that things will be only better between us day after day. I can live
with you if you like the idea or if you don’t, i will rent
room in your city or live at family where i will work as a nanny. Just let me know,ok?
I am open to our relations.
You are a great man and I hope you will not live me
alone in Moscow and help me!
Kiss you once again. And think about you.
We shall see each other very soon!
I so want to meet this week-end with you, it
will be so romantic and very good start for
our serious relationship
anonymous from United States
Here is one more of the 18 pictures I received but they look like younger pictures of the same person.