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Name: Anna Petrovna Sotova
Bld #7,apt #10
Other Comments: Hi Michael!
How are you today? How is the weather there? I hope everything is ok!
I'm feeling well. I feel myself completely recovered. I want to thank
my friends. They helped to overcome the illness. My friends visited
me yesterday and I was very glad to see them. We did prepare chicken
fry with potatoes. It was delicious. They actually didn't stay till
late, because of my illness. All in all it was a very pleasant evening.
By the way they granted me some flowers. It was sky blue peonies. As
I wrote you before these are my favourite flowers and my favourite
colour. You should remember that Michael.
I talked to my agent and she told me that all of my papers are ready.
My visa is ready too and it is waiting for me in the main office of
my agency in Moscow. I'll fly out from Moscow and I'll pick up my visit
from my agency en route to the airport. I also talked with her about
the job they found for me. My agent said that I'll have a different
salary from one year to another. My salary for the first year will be
$40 000 USD, and $50 000 USD for the second year. Next 3 year salary
could be raised more, maybe it will not happened, but it will not down
under $50 000 USD. It's for sure. Michael, can you tell me if this
amount of money will be enough for me to live in your area? Let me
I think I will be able to afford a place of my own right away (I mean a
rent), but I'm not sure if I will be able to afford a car. Should I buy
a used car or I can expect that I can buy a new one? What do you think?
What are the prices for the used cars and for the new cars?
I was told that I'll get an advance as soon as I come to NYC. It will
be $5000 USD, which I'll have to return in six months. I believe that
is not a great amount of money, so I'll be very careful with them. I'm
going to reserve a ticket by Thursday or by Friday, not sure right now.
I wanted to make it tomorrow but I've got some affairs which I have to
finish right away. I'll let you know my flight schedule soon.
I watched a TV set lately and there was a programme about the NASCAR
I see it's a very popular sport event in the states. I find it
too. I'd like to visit the race sometime. Is it possible? Is it
I want to give you my address just in case. Here it is:
Region: Komi region
Lermontova street, building # 7, apt. # 10
But, please, do not send anything through regular mail. I want you to
know that our mail service is very bad. It is very slow and the cards
or packages could be lost or even stolen! There a lot such incidents
That is why I want to warn you from sending anything through our mail
service. I gave you my address to show you that I trust you enough
I want you to know that I started to feel some kind of affection
you Michael. I miss you letters when I have no possibility to check my
mailbox and to read them. It is very strange. I do not know how to
it. Well, it is late and I have to quit here. I've attached a picture
you. The quality is not very good, but I hope you will like it. I'll
to prepare a new picture for you tomorrow.
I'll wait for your reply Michael!
Your Russian friend Anna
Hi my faraway friend Michael!
It is 4:00 pm in Lach, Thursday. We've got a thaw today and the snow
has melted away. Everything has become gray and gloomy. My mood is on
the zero. In fact, I've got a flue or something like this. I feel
myself terrible. I think I have to see my doctor today. That is why
I'll be short today, ok? I hope you are well Michael and didn't get
sick. It's a horrible feeling.
I talked to my agent today and she said that I have to reserve a ticket
by next week. She said that my visa and other documents will be ready
in a week, so I can start to pack my baggage! I was also told that I'll
have to spend 2 or 3 days in NYC before I'll head to my place of
It will be needed to arrange some formalities and to sign a contract
with the employer. My agent said that I'll be met in the airport. Those
people will help me to reach the office in NYC. All in all I think I'll
come to NYC in a 2 week. It is really close from now. I'm getting
and nervous at the same time. I so used to have my mother somewhere
to me, that it will be very difficult for me to leave her here in Lach.
I'll try to take her to America in the future when I'll get a
I'll think how to arrange it.
Michael, I wonder what places I should visit in America. I've heard of
Niagara Falls, Las Vegas and Hollywood. Maybe there is something else?
Let me know. I very like to travel and to see new places.
I can't remember if I ever asked you about your horoscope's sign. As I
wrote you before I was born 23.12.1978 which makes me Capricorn. Do you
actually believe in horoscope? As for me I do. I find it fun.
I went today to our local connection center and asked if there is any
way you could call me from overseas. I want you to know that I have a
phone but it has a local number only. It means that I can make
calls if they are local only. Do you understand it? I hope. So I think
I'll call you when I come to NYC it will be ok.
Michael, from each letter I feel that I'm getting closer to you. Do you
the same? I feel some kind of connection. I can't explain it right now,
but I like it.
I've attached a new pic of me today. It was taken a year ago by my
Katerina, as usual. She is my best friend. She is feeling well after
car accident by the way.
Well, my doctor is waiting for me. I have to go. I hope that I'll feel
Your Russian friend Anna
Hello my friend Michael!
I am very happy to see that you wrote me! I was not able to check my
mailbox during the weekend, and I must admit I started to miss you
Indeed I'm feeling much better today. It was a terrible weekend for me.
My doctor said that I have to stay at home and do not leave my bed. I
a high temperature and a cough. I'm still feeling myself ill but much
better than during the weekend. I feel that I'm recovering Michael.
A medicine became quite expensive here since the USSR did fall to
I remember the times when everything was for free. It sounds like a
tale now. I have to pay 500 rubles ($20 USD) every time when I see my
I'm not sure if it is too many for America, but it is quite expensive
Russia. I wonder how much does it cost to see a doctor in America. Let
Michael, I want to ask you could you find out what the average
salary in America is. It is very interesting for me to know, especially
As I wrote you before I was going to reserve a ticket by this week. I
that I'll it by Wednesday or Thursday. As soon as I reserve a ticket
let you know the exact date of my coming! I also will have to pay some
to my agency; because they helped me to find a place to work and helped
the papers. I'm very nervous about my coming to America. I think that I
caught flu because of my agitated condition. It is so good to have
which could hold you on in a hard time. Some of my friends will visit
in the evening. They will help me to clean up my apartment and will
to cook my favourite dish - chicken fry with potatoes. I'm very good at
and maybe someday soon you'll check it out! I like flowers very much
hope that some of friends will tumble to bring me some flowers. I like
asters and peonies. Do you ever heard of peonies? I bet you do not, but
a very popular flower here in Russia.
Did I ever tell you my last name Michael? I guess I never did. Well, my
name is Sotova.
My full name is Anna Petrovna Sotova. So you know now.
Michael, I think we could be a good match. I do not want to push you
not in a rush either. Please get me right. I have to say that I
to meet you face to face, to talk to you one on one. Only time will
tell if we
are a match, but I'm happy that I have a friend like you are Michael.
I'll stop here. I feel myself tired a little bit, I need some rest.
to you tomorrow and will send you a new pic.
Your Russian friend Anna
How are you? How is the weather there today? I hope that much better
in Lach. We've got a first snow this morning! It was really beautiful!
was white. I've got up very early today and what I've seen I could name
I went to my agency this morning and I was told that they could suggest
job's options in your area. That's real great! So I can definitely say
come to your area. I don't know how close I'll work/live to you, but I
will not be a problem, right?! I can not say the names of the companies
and if they
have web-sites right now. But I can say that I really wonder myself. My
agent told me that
she couldn't advise what company to choose. She said that I can make my
New York office. There are some people there who can advise me what
company to choose.
I consider that it is reasonable and I think that I should make my
choice in the
States. Michael, do you know what will be the first thing I'll do when
I come to
NYC? I'm going to call you! I want to hear your voice very much
Michael. I'm still
looking for a chance to call you from Lach but it appears quite
expensive. I hope you understand it Michael, and will not be upset.
I don't remember if I ever told you about my town. Maybe it will be
you. The name of my town is Lach. It's a small town and the closest big
city is Ukhta.
The population of my town is about 25 thousands of people. My town is
located in Komi
region; it is not far from Siberia so the weather is very rigid here
too. Lach is a
very green town in the summer and very white in the winter! Every
winter we get a lot
of snow. There are some cinemas in Lach, we even have a theatre. The
streets here are
narrow, but it creates some kind of cosiness. I like it. I love my
town, but it's time
for me to leave it. Maybe I'll back someday, who knows. I think the
hardest thing for
me will be to part with my friends and relatives. I used to spend a lot
of free time
with them, I'll miss them. I'll also miss for my apartment. It is
actually not big (It
consists of 2 rooms), but very cozy. My apartment consists of bathroom,
hall, lobby and bedroom. I wanted to make a new design for it but it is
not actual for
me now. What can you tell about your surroundings Michael? I'd like
I must admit that sometimes I feel myself really confused because many
of the questions
you asked I already answered in my previous letters. I don't know how
to check it but
I'm wondering if you received all of my letters. It is a strange
situation. Maybe some
letters didn't get to your mailbox right away? I do not know why that
I've attached a new pic for you today. My friend Katerina did shoot me
last spring. You
probably admitted that I look different in my photos?! I actually like
to look different.
In fact, I'm not a natural blonde. I like to colour my hair. I hope
it's not an issue
for you Michael? I tried some colours but I think that the blonde hair
is the best choice
for me. Don't you think so?
Ok, it's getting late here. I have to close now. I'll write you
tomorrow Michael. It is
so good that I have so much free time this week so I can write you
everyday. I hope you
don't mind that I write so often.
Your Russian friend Anna
Here is an email i just received after 7pm Russia time. how much longer until the request for money? New picture aladded
Email sent Nov 23/07
Hello my dear Billy.
How are you today? I am fine but very busy. How is the weather there? Today is sunny and
not cold day here. Today and this weekend I will met friends and will talk about my leaving
and I want to leave some things them and part of furniture because I think I will not be able
to sell it in short time. I think they could help me with it. Also I have to clean my apartment
thoroughly before I leave it. I think this weekend will be hard for me. But already during next
week I will know when I will come. I will know date and place where I will come to. We just have
to wait until next week. It's not difficult. Are you agree Billy? Now I know which airport I
have to come in to meet you and I will do all I can to come there exactly. Thank you for your help
and necessary information. I will tell you all details about my coming next week. Don't worry about
it. Honey I want to tell you that I would like if you would pick me up in the airport. Of course if
it will be possible for you. I understand that you could be busy and couldn't meet me. It's not a
problem. I can understand and I can come by myself if I will use taxi or bus. Can you help me dear?
Please tell me what kind of transportation will be more convenient for me when I will be coming to
you from airport? I am sure I will come to you before my birthday and before Christmas so we can
celebrate both of it together! What do you think about it? Would you like to do this together?
Billy I can't write you this weekend. I hope these news will not disappointed you. I will miss
you this weekend and I hope you will do the same. I will wait for the end of weekend impatiently!
I love you honey and want to be with you as soon as possible! I can't wait when we can met! I think
about our meeting and about time we will spend together constantly. I think about your family,
relatives and friends I will meet. I will be glad to meet them. I think I will have new good friends
there. What do you think? I think it may happen. I think also about our relations and I understand
that this is my best relations with someone. I love you my dear Billy! I love you all of my heart!
I love you so badly! I want you Billy! I need you so much in my life! I don't imagine my life
without you Billy! I dream about our happy family together with you!!! I LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU, LOVE
YOU!!!! This is words of my heart Billy! Please write me back what you think about all of it and
about your thoughts. I am sending you other picture of me in bikini. It was taken at Azov sea resort.
If you remember I already sent you pictures which were taken by that time. I will send you new pictures
soon. It will be recent pictures. Bye-bye Billy.
With love and tenderness from Anna.
anonymous from United States
Hello anonymous Canada,
I got the same email and photo today.
It's too bad there can't be coordination between law enforcement (US, Canadian, British, etc) and Western Union to set up stings when they pick up the money. It would be so easy. The threat of heavy jail time on the person picking up the money would encourage them to turn in the scammers.
Baiting scammers is becoming a popular sport on many forums, those guys (the baiters) crack me up, they're very creative. With relatively little effort law enforcement could be setting up stings. My hunch however is that Russian law enforcement has bigger fish to fry.
anonymous from Canada
I just wanted to mention that i read one of anna's emails on this site where she says that
her birthday is on Dec 23, in her email to me she states that her birthday is on Dec 28.
Must be nice to have two birthdays. She also said in one of her emails to me that both her parents were killed in a car accident and she is an only child with no brothers and no sisters.
anonymous from Canada
In response to having the law enforcement work together with canada usa and the uk,
i would not be surprised if the law enforcement was involved with these scams.
If someone was to send out one million emails per day they are sure to get several
people to send them a few thousand dollars. 365 email per year is a lot of emails.
As in marketing it's just a numbers game with a lot of cash to be stolen.
quite right. The average wage in Ioshkar-Ola, where the majority of these Russian scammers come from, is 150-250 USD a month. It's not a hell of a lot.
But even if the scammers send out thousands of mails, only a small proportion of guys are tempted to reply.
anonymous from Canada 2007-11-23, 17:46:01
The local Mari El cops are most certainly in on the scams....how could they not be? If a guy is 'earning' 5000 USD in a town of 150,000 with an average wage of 200 USD a month, and he has no visible menas of support, it would be hard not to notice. But some Russians are sympathetic to the scammers in the sense that any American or European guy that sends money to a Russian 'girl' deserves to get scammed, or he's a sex tourist.
It takes the efforts of the Russian federal police to bust scammers, which they will do sometimes. Scammed Australian fights back.
Western Union would never co-operate. Anyway by the time the victim realizes he's been scammed, it's too late.
Eddie from Sweden
Would someone please post an advanced header from one of 'Anna's' mails?
Make sure you remove your own email address from the header though.
anonymous from Canada
Eddie did you see the new movie American Gangster?
the movie is about a drug dealer who goes to Aisa
to bring heroin into the us and under cuts all the other
drug dealers and becomes the biggest dealer in North-America
The movie is based on a true story, the part that is sad
is that 75% of the law enforcement were accepting cash money
to look the other way. Not to long ago i read a book called Evil
Money written by Rachel Ehrenfeld copy right 1992. The book
explains how columbian drug dealers worth billions of dollars
were able to hide in different countries around the world by
paying Government officals between two hundred million and
three hundred million us dollars to hide them in their country.
You know the old saying it is better in the Bahamas? The reason
it is better is because if the officials seize your dug shipments
you can always buy it back from them. When it comes to money
these people who live in poor countries don't care they just want
to get some extra money so they can feed their families and live a
Better life. ( When it comes to money there is no justice. Sad but true have a great weekend
OJAS from United States
For Headers, IP and other e-mail topics follow the e-mail link posted 2007-11-23, 11:36:39
I'll post a header after I get the money letter. Anyone googling xdesign-pro.com has already found this site and other sites regarding the two Anna's from xdesign-pro.com. There is no Bat in the header. Check out xdesign-pro.com, registration Service Provided By: SEATTLEDOMAINS.NET
This group may be in the US, but one thing to note: I don't use the email address the xdesign-pro.com scammers are writing to for anything else than Craigslist. I'd bet other guys reporting their Anna's also wrote to personal ads on Craigslist as I have done.
anonymous from Canada
Eddie there is no header only email address
anonymous from United States
My good ness non of your Anna's are as gorgeous as mine, she is so kind and she already has my name on here body and she love me so much, but unfortunately I had no time to send here my pic yet as I am very busy, actually she never saw me, any how she said she love me and this is very important to me.
She is awesome, you know she lost here parents on an accident just last year but some friends are hooking her up. Let me tell you this that she had just 2 emails from me like each one 2 or 3 lines but as she is kind she don't care and each time she writes me like a 50 lines.
Wow, she likes doggy stile and also she love to be on top...she saying that she never did anal but if I want she is ready to go for it.
She is like in December having her visa and we will have an excellent time together she asks lots of questions but she knows that I am busy and I can't answer.
I promised her as soon as she is here I will fuck her hard.(I know that she never reads) What you think do I have to do it?
no haven't seen it yet...it gets released next week in Sweden (maybe this week)
PBR and anonymous from Canada 2007-11-24, 21:16:09
no BAT! in the header is not unusual, but this xdesign-pro.com is a new angle. What is it exactly? Are you all communicating with the scammer via a website?
Canada...if the scammers are using emails, there must be a header. You just have to open it. I can explain how to do it, but it depends on what email system you're using...hotmail, gmail, yahoo etc.
PBR ...you're right, the scammers could be anywhere, but in my experience if they're Russian scammers, they're nearly always in Mari El...sometimes Chuvashia and other places in the Volga valley, very occasionally further afield. Dating scams are almost endemic in Mari El. But compared to a couple of years ago the scammers are using proxy servers and forged IPs a lot more.. (which in itself is a scam sign, if a potential victim does his homework).
anonymous from United States 2007-11-25, 01:03:55
LOL...but here's a mail Boris will read, if you get bored with improvising. Attach the photo for that subtle added impact:
email subject: SKAMERSTVO!
Pozhalujsta, ne oskorbl'ajte moj intellekt. Ty ne zhivete v (name of city), ty zhivete v Ioshkar-Ola, prestupnyj gorod v Rossii. Ty posylayete mne ukradennyye fotografii i nizkokachestvennyye skopirovannyye pis'ma. Skoro, ty budete prosit' den'gi poluchit' vizu (nevozmozhnyj poluchit' bez pis'mennogo priglasheniya ot men'a i biletov takzhe.)
Poetomu, ya sekonoml'u tas nekotoroye vrem'a. Pojdite ots'uda, chtoby iskat' chestnuyu rabotu, ty neschastnyj zhulik. Ya ne imeyu interes dl'a vashego skamerstvo. Oto'idi, a to jebnu. Idi na khuy!
English version (for you, not the scammer):
subject line: SCAM BUSINESS!
Hello vile greedy one! (very insulting to a Russian)
Please don't insult my intelligence. You don't live in (name of city), you live in Yoshkar Ola, a criminal city in Russia. You send me stolen photos and poor-quality copy letters. Soon, you'll ask for money to obtain a visa (impossible to obtain without a letter of invitation from me and tickets as well.)
Therefore I will save you some time. Go from here and seek an honest job, you miserable scammer. I'm not interested in your scam business. Get lost or I'll kick your ass. Fuck you!
anonymous from Canada
Good morning friends today is Sunday Nov 25 just
before i start my day i thought i would write something
that i feel would help many who believe that we are dealing
with people of compassion. Just being new to the dating
services online i must say that this dating scam business
is new to me. Even though i have been online for over seven
years i have not ventured into the online dating industry before.
Yes i have been to the chat rooms and met some interesting women
but i have never personally come across the dating scams before.
Actually quite the opposite, i once met this Mexican woman who invited
me to go to Mexico to meet her for New-Years eve requesting that i move
to mexico and start a life with her. She had her own restaurant business
and was well established in Mexico and Texas. So this is all new terrritory
The reason i am writing this article on the topic of compassion is that i read
an article on this site where someone was led by compassion to send a scammer
money thinking that she was for real and was really in need of assistance. You
see not so long ago i was involved in a scam where i came in contact with a dating
site that i believe was created by the scammers them-self. What happened is that i was contacted by this person who told me that she was driven from her home due to a cival
war and ended up in a refuge camp. This person then went on to tell me that there is
little food and the living conditions are un-human. So feeling compassion for this person i sent this person $100.00 thinking that i was helping a person in need. The communication
then went on when i started receiving emails from a person who represented himself as
a man of God who was in charge of the refugee camp. He went on to explain how the
living conditions were terrible and the poor girls are thankful for any help that compassionate people like myself. After communicating all this to my sister who is not
as trusting as myself she did some investigations online in regards to dating scams.
I then received an email from my sister stating that this person is a scam artist that
has been involved in online scams foe some time now. I sent a picture of this person to my sister and she was able to find the picture of this person listed on a scam site similar
to this one. When i emailed this person stating that they were a scamming me and my
sister found their picture online their respone was ok you got me. After communicating with
this person i find out that there is no paster who was suppose to be in control of the refuge
camp and that both emails came from the same person. Because i can understand what
it would be like to live in a poor country that has little employment opportunities no
social assistance programs and very little opportunities for the future i was willing to try
to help this person to turn their life around. When i asked this person who turned out to be
a 21 year old man if they had any computer skills, he told me yes he spent most of his
time in front of a computer every day as there was nothing else to do.
I then sent him links to sites that assist people who want to work from home who have
skills such as creating websites, writing sales letters creating software etc, etc. After
communicating with this person for some time he told me that he was interested in working
from home creating websites and that he was thankfull for my assistance to help him to
change his life around. After signing up with a different dating service i came across the
same picture once again. So my point to make a long story short is that there are people
out there that really don't want to work and if you gave them a opportunity to make some
good money by doing something honest where they would actually be helping people they
would rather rip someone off. So when it comes to compassion we must be very carefull
to do our research to find out who it is we are really talking to. At this time i will not get
involved with anyone on the dating services who is not willing to talk to me on the phone
or the free messenger services, and to take it even further that person must be willing
to communicate with me by webcam.
Have a happy safe weekend