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Dating scammer Alena Gavrilova


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Name: Alena Gavrilova


Russia, Ugorsk, Lapina 17

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'A registered nurse with a degree from Tumen Medicine Academy coming to the USA on a work visa with a Work & Travel program for Youth, just trying to find a friend and guide on the US side.' She will need money for her tickets, pocket money....


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2007-08-27, 20:36:28
anonymous from United States  
Anon US 2007-08-27, 19:15:19

H1-B permits a maximum 6 year stay in the U.S., not considered immigrant. She has to apply for a green card before her stay expires. When she receives green card she is considered an immigrant.

Good job anon, for calling whoever lied to you. /O
2007-08-29, 01:26:03 from Moscow, Russian Federation  
Hi everybody!

While checking this it turned out that the postal addresses directory (available in Russian language at http://postindex.ot../72/5.html further confirmed with the call to the city) indicates there is NO STREET with the name like 'mitkina' or similarly sounding or similarly written considering all possible with
misspellings and variations.

Additionally, it was said that 'Ishim is almost like a village but it's so close to Tumen, only several minutes by bus so I do all shopping and everything in Tumen.'
The fact is thath the city of Ishim is 320 km SW from Tyumen. It had 64.8 thousand
inhabitants in 2006. I'd really wish to have the shopping bus flying that fast.

We do checks all those small details at
We are local to the place and sometimes know the way around.
2007-08-29, 20:25:52
anonymous from United States  
You would not believe this but this 'Olga' character tried to contact me again via my account this time I caught on to it this time me and the customer service guy at got a big laugh when I told him what was her description was in her profile
she said she was African American with blond hair and Grey eyes. after me and the customer service guy laughed for a couple of minutes he said they are trying to erase her profile but she keeps popping up. I guess she didn't recognize my e-mail from the last time she tried to scam me but this was only last week when she last e-mailed me !!! she's a con artist that's not too bright. If your going to run a scam make sure the e-mail is not somebody you tried to scam before.
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2007-08-30, 11:09:41
anonymous from United States  
I just received an e-mail from this same person on and I became suspicious. This is not the first time I've experienced dating scams on internet. I googled her address : and found your site. Thank you for confirming what I suspected. How do we stop these people???? Please let me know.
Joe D
2007-08-30, 13:04:24
OJAS from United States  
Joe from US,
Glad you escaped the scammer. Your appreciation is well received, but for us the real reward is if you put your hard-earned dollars in your own wallet instead of a scammer's. It's even better if you can save a future innocent victim by your own information.

As for stopping these criminals, you are in the right place. You can post full headers, e-mail exchanges, etc. after removing your personal info from them. Information is power.

Do unto scammers BEFORE they do unto you.
2007-08-30, 14:25:08
anonymous from United States  
Hey guys,
Thank you very much I just got this message today from username: usledbel29 on
Hi!!!!! What are you up to? I want to talk to you. Send me an email at . I will reply with some pics and more info. I will not reply through website. Use my personal email only
I had a bad vibe so did a search on her email and found this site. I think a buddy and I are going to have some fun teaching her a lesson.
2007-08-30, 15:00:37   (updated: 2007-08-30, 15:02:53)
anonymous from United States  
Anon US 2007-08-30, 14:25:08. Welcome aboard! Your efforts will save an innocent victim somwhere. Extract as much info from scammers as you can, post headers, e-mail exchanges after removing your personal info.
2007-08-30, 15:53:06   (updated: 2007-08-30, 15:56:03)
anonymous from United States  
Joe US, 2007-08-30, 11:09:41 ''Thank you for confirming what I suspected''
Your comments fully understood, despite problems with our language.
Difficult to hide from google! :-)
2007-08-30, 17:04:37
Skeet from United States  
For the 2{?} Anon us poster{s},As you seem new to this CRAP! I want you to know a few thing's...First,The girl in the pic's you get is NOT the one doing the scam.95+% of scam's wether from an FSU or W.African country are perpetrated by MEN! The pic's are hijacked from many different kind's of sites and as long as they're attractive they'll use them! If you're going to 'teach 'her' a lesson' it's called 'scam-baiting' and you need to do it SAFELY! NEVER,give out real personal info,make it up! It's a good idea to hide your IP address if you're going to keep baiting,if you know how you can do it in your PC by setting up a proxy,if you don't there are 'freeware' program's available.To do it seriously is NOT a joke! We do it to gather all the info we can and post it here and other anti-scam sites.The result's of which you found as googling brought you here.There's a saying 'Google is my friend!' And it may have saved your asses! If you're not sure about something,ASK.Someone will respond.There's a good bunch here and we're here to help!Some of us are victim's of a scam and some are like you and found them out before it was too late.

So,welcome to the site and have 'fun'!

For future reference the following is the important info to post first;

A photo {preferably labeled with the name and e-mail address.To avoid confusion}
Name {with surname if possible}

E-mail address {IMPORTANT}

Location {country,city,street}

Phone number {if given}

The first and money request letter,with full header.With that the IP can be seen and if an X-mailer {ie;THEBAT- For Russian scammers}is used.

The dating site the scammer contacted you on.

With that available people doing a google search will get answer's.
When posting 'her'/his photo, include in your message itself, any body-piercings, tattoos, moles, dimples, whatever strikes you.

Tips: AFTER doing a search of the name and e-mail address.

1) In the advanced google search, type an exact phrase, up to 10 words max. It MUST be put in quotation mark's! The name should be also for good result's.1st or surname only will not give you good result's.
2) Include unusual constructions, spelling, grammatical mistakes, etc. The scammers are experts in pidgin English. Those writing ordinary English are likely real persons.
3) Google 'her' figures, despite the numbers falling within a small range
4) 'her'/his address
5) 'her'/his city & postal code
6) phrases from 'her'/his profile in the dating site - you may want to copy and paste to a wordpad file, since she may soon be kicked out, and the links to the site you provide for others will be lost.

It's waste of time, searching for

1) 'her'/his age - most scammers choose a number between 23 and 31. Differ's for do 2 & 3.
2) 'her'/his height - scammers' preferred range is 5' 5'' to 5' 11'' (although one scammer interchanged the 5 and 11, and I wondered how tall my ceiling should be, when both of us stand, what part of 'her' anatomy is straight in front of my eyes, etc.)
3) 'her'/his weight - this also falls in a range

She's not there...
2007-08-30, 18:17:17
anonymous from United States  
I wonder if is aware that they have a big problem with scammers??
2007-08-31, 13:54:58
Eddie from Sweden  
anonymous from USA 2007-08-27, 19:15:19

'Also you DO NOT need to purchase plane tickets to get your H1-B Visa Immigrants are advised that they SHOULD NOT purchase tickets until all documents are finalized.'

I can't speak for the US because I'm not American, but to European countries you DO. (nor am I proficient enough at American immigration jargon to know what an 'H1-B visa' or an 'H1 visa' is exactly). I only posted that it was 'almost as complicated for the USA and Canada'. In other words, the info I posted related directly to about 20 countries in Europe.

And I know from personal experience that it's virtually IMPOSSIBLE for a single Russian girl to get a TOURIST VISA to Schengen countries. That's Europe. A Russian travel agent friend also confirmed this to me.

The girl needs to:
book a tour including hotel/hostel rooms, tickets, spending money, insurance money IN ADVANCE. She also needs a letter from her Russian employer and a job to go back to.

On the other hand, a Russian girl can quite easily get a SPONSORED visa (no jargon) if a European citizen helps her by providing her with a place to stay, a guarantee of support during her stay, a letter of invitation, a completed sponsor's application form, a copy of the photo page of his passport and a certificate of residence in his country of residence.

She also has to have travel tickets, BEFORE she submits all her documents in Moscow, which she is supposed to do in person.

I know this because I'VE SPONSORED TWO RUSSIAN GIRLS!...on separate occasions, needless to say. I've also been to Russia myself twice in the last 12 months, once with a tourist visa and once with a sponsored (homestay) visa. More or less the same rules apply in the opposite direction as well. To travel on a Russian tourist visa you need to have booked a hotel and tickets in ADVANCE. The homestay visa is easier but it takes 6-7 weeks for the Russian immigration service to process it. Your documents are thoroughly checked both entering and leaving Russia, you have to leave on the day stated on your visa, you can't change your itinerary...and you have to register at the hotel(s) you've booked and present the registration documents on leaving the country, otherwise Russian immigration will give you problems. The police even checked my passport, visa and Russian immigration card on the train from Moscow to Ulyanovsk. In other words, both visa processes are very laborious in both directions.

So it seems it's much easier and/or more flexible for a Russian citizen to enter the USA as a tourist than it is for them to enter a Schengen country, at least according to the information you've posted.
2007-08-31, 16:21:16
'S' from United States  
They know! And so do most sites,they just don't really care! Especially the paid one's,as long as they're making money from 'Real' people having pic's of alot of good looking women entices men to sign-up! Same probably goes for women too! That's one reason many don't delete the profile,active or not. There's not a single dating site that doesn't have scammer's,some are rife with them some just have a few at a time.I know of only one that doesn't have any because the owner has her own anti-scam site and she removes them and post's them on her other site.

2007-08-31, 17:31:45
OJAS from United States  
Eddie, I frequently see US missions publish only the NECESSARY conditions for US visa...not SUFFICIENT conditions. Since they can't distinguish between these two words, they chose politics instead of Maths. Obviously some politician has mislead our Anon US that H1-B = Immigrant. I'll be more than willing to show that politician the proof!
2007-08-31, 21:50:57
anonymous from United States  
Response to Eddie from Sweden 2007-08-31, 13:54:58

Thanks for clearing up some issues regarding Visas. I don't know enough about about a TOURIST visas but in the letters I got I wasn't asked to be a sponsor the person the scammer just came out and asked for money to pay for plane tickets and a visa paperwork. and the letter also said the scammer could not obtain a special Nurse visa but was able to obtain the regular H1-B work visa. In the letters I got there was no nothing said about a Tourist Visa sponsorship that might be another scam

I actually work with a couple of people who have an H1 - b visas (work permit) to work in the U.S. and they said my company sponsored them to come into the U.S. and work for them for a specific time period they could not get their work permit on their own nor could anyone else sponsor them, but this process does not take two weeks as this person who is running the scam seems to be indicating. H1-B visas to work in the U.S are in high demand so there are actually limits or caps on how much money is available for companies to use for H1-B sponsorship once that money is used up for a given year the company can not sponsor anyone until funds are available again for the following year.

My friends at work also said that my company did not actively recruit them and they had to search for company's they qualified to work for, apply and interview, and hope that the company has the funds for sponsorship so the job search for my friends took some time.

2007-08-31, 23:21:19
OJAS from United States  
Anon US 2007-08-31, 21:50:57,

1) You do your homework well
2) Those politicians, however are easy to tell...they're as wide as they're tall
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