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Name: Anna Petrovna Sotova


Komi region
Lermontova st.
Bld #7,apt #10

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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
racing championship.
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:
Country: Russia
Region: Komi region
Town: Lach
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
better tomorrow!
Be healthy!
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
your area.
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
me today
in the evening. They will help me to clean up my apartment and will
help me
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
and I
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
it is
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
and I'm
not in a rush either. Please get me right. I have to say that I
definitely want
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.
I'll write
to you tomorrow and will send you a new pic.
Your Russian friend Anna

Hi Michael!
How are you? How is the weather there today? I hope that much better
than here
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
'The white
I went to my agency this morning and I was told that they could suggest
me some
job's options in your area. That's real great! So I can definitely say
that I'll
come to your area. I don't know how close I'll work/live to you, but I
think it
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
choice at
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
complicated and
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
interesting for
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,
dining room,
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
to know.
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

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2007-12-06, 12:34:19
OJAS from United States  
796 does not seem North American land-line. Unpublished Cell? Different country? http://www.bennetye../area.html We'll try find the area
2007-12-06, 12:55:28   (updated: 2007-12-06, 13:14:02)
anonymous from United States  
796 is not a current US area code, although it is listed as obtainable by paid reverse search. By 'resources' you mean anyone willing to pay for the information. I went ahead and paid for the information - the report on the phone number was not generated automatically (as is usually the case) and there is a waiting period of up to 72 hours. If I do get a report I'd post the state on a public forum and nothing else. Anyone can roll the dice and pay for a reverse search, I wouldn't suggest posting names and addresses on a public forum for many reasons, one of which is is the fact that reverse searches are notoriously outdated.

796 is also an international area code for East Timor, Indonesia.

2007-12-06, 13:30:37
OJAS from United States  
International numbers don't show up in caller-id in general. I use the word ''International'' only in a phone sense. With some US phone services Canada is not considered International, and you'll find Canadian area codes in their service directory.
2007-12-06, 13:35:34
anonymous from United States  
area code 796 is east timor indonesia. If somebody hasn't posted.

LOL just got new email from guess who

X-Originating-IP: []
Received: (qmail 3996 invoked from network); 6 Dec 2007 16:46:02 -0000
Received: from unknown (HELO localhost) (ufoshock@ with plain)
by with SMTP; 6 Dec 2007 16:46:01 -0000
X-YMail-OSG: vRFMwJIVM1mZNH3WEnTRb4t02zAKSRHziHackRwBY51Tea4w
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 19:25:49 +0300
From: Anna <>
Organization: none

'How are you doing my dear? Is everything all right there?
I want to tell you that yesterday I wanted to go to Pervoural'sk town to the agency because I have
money and I wanted to pay for documents but my plans were changed and I will go there today.
I will make payment and after come back I will let you know about exact date when I will come to your country.
Maybe I will not be able to write you today. But I will try to write you in the evening or tomorrow.
I think the day when we will be together will come soon! I believe it will happen! Do you agree?
I think everything will be ok and we can be together soon! I will miss you when I will be out from town.
See you later!
From your Anna.'

On a side note this person isn't the same new writer but 'do you agree' quoted is very familiar with my emails and often within the same emails. Well let me put it this way.. I had two emails that were very descript sexually. Second after that was apology that I hoped It didn't turn me off. So clear I wouldn't post them here. And another writer I'm waiting on thats much different.

I think maybe three writers? perhaps just a bot guy or something who knows repeating letters etc.. I'm in it for the sport, too! Patient is the hunter and the fisherman.

Well I wish I could get a good ice cold Papst blue ribbon! Donkey dicks in mid south don't know what good beer is aside from it comes from an aluminum can and is cheaper by the 24 pack
2007-12-06, 14:13:22   (updated: 2007-12-06, 14:18:29)
Eddie from Sweden  
I can tell you something about Russian cell numbers!

they ALWAYS start with a 9 and have ten digits, no matter where they are in Russia. Add to that James Bond 007, the international code for Russia.

thus a typical Russian cell number looks something like this:
+7 9163039612

curious that the first two digits of 'Anna's' reported number are 7 and 9.


[hidden] from United States 2007-12-06, 11:56:32

don't be offended, but are you sure you got the complete number? I guess you did. Seems very coincidental. One more digit and it's a Russian cell phone number.

Pabst Blue doesn't matter what your signature is :D...(mine is actually my real name)....just as long as there's some way of distinguishing you from all the anonymous USAs. OJAS = one jump ahead of scammers (should be OJAOS of course).

It would be very interesting if someone could follow the paper trail from ....still bet it leads to Yoshkar Ola.
2007-12-06, 14:17:40   (updated: 2007-12-06, 14:23:47)
OJAS from United States  
Suspicious phone calls
1) Save the date and time along with caller-id. If there's a warrant, phone company has to give the caller node

2) If possible, record and upload the conversation to your local drive. A voice spectrogram (done by experts in that field) is a useful evidence in conviction. They will need a voice sample from the plaintiff to get a spectrograph of the perpetrator.

3) I had taken into account the possibility of this Anna scammer monitoring ''her'' progress. If so, may now be wondering how a fellow arrested scammer is scamming to raise his legal defense fee.

Allowing 7 in that case for International code, what city is 961? (the next 3 digits)

I'm again posting almost simulatneously with Eddie, I still have my Edit Button
Keep the hunt on
2007-12-06, 14:48:19   (updated: 2007-12-06, 14:50:46)
Eddie from Sweden  
961 is the Russian federal code for St Petersburg.


it could figure....this scam seems far too sophisticated for the country bumpkins in Yoshkar Ola. Ingrained mafia presence in St Petersburg though.
2007-12-06, 19:04:33   (updated: 2007-12-06, 19:07:07)
anonymous from Canada  
Eddie i don't know if you got this online dating service,
most of the emails originate from the uk and usa,
There are a ton of scammers on this site
It is a free site.
Billy canada
2007-12-06, 19:35:55
OJAS from United States  
Hidden USA 2007-12-06, 11:56:32 ... So ... An accident
1) Ask for mailing address of accident victim
2) Send a Get well soon card by Certified mail with return request
3) Use only your Post Office Box Address
4) Sign with your WRONG hand - Don't ever let a scumbag have your autograph
2007-12-06, 20:51:31
BigD from United States  
I reported the phone call with Anna earlier today..There where no other numbers on my caller ID, it was simply 796-163-0396. It seems like there are alot of people involved in this scam. There are alot of non collected thoughts bouncing around on here regarding this. The question I propose is. Can we all come together, pool our resources and put the fear of God into this person. I realize alot of you are in it for the sport, myself included but perhaps we can take this to a new level.
It may be completely irrelevant but I located a student at the Petrozavodsk State University that goes by the same name..Maybe we are dealing with some college kids here. Seems like they would have the time and resources to pull one of these off, also the need for cash. Here is the link to the specific page, Look at #17 http://www.cs.karel../index.xml
I would appreciate some feedback on this idea. I may lack some abilities when it come to being computer savvy but perhaps I can contribute. So heres to the rally cry from the great state of Washington!!! Lets give this asshole a good old fashioned American ass whippin........
2007-12-06, 22:03:47   (updated: 2007-12-06, 22:14:04)
anonymous from United States  

If the telephone number you provided comes back with a name and address I'll let you know here in the forum. As I said before, I won't post this name and address here.

There are no doubt hundreds of Anna Safronova's in Russia, a google search finds a few. Anythings possible, it could be college kids, but this scammer isn't using their real name and it's doubtful they'd use the name of a student in their own school.

This Anna07 scam is developing so slowly it does give a glimmer of a chance to get one step ahead of this scammer. Passing along information to appropriate authorities at the appropriate time is making a positive contribution.

Western Union has forwarded the Anna07 information to their Security Department. Obviously we don't know Western Union protocol in this situation, but I'm impressed with the professionalism a Western Union person has shown me in correspondence. I do think Western Union takes this type of illegal activity seriously.

2007-12-07, 05:36:26
anonymous from Sweden  
BILLY from Canada

thanks, I'd never heard of that one. Might check it out, if I have time for some baiting. As you probably know already, all free dating sites are crawling with scammers...datemefree is a case in point. In fact the first scam signal in the 'Are you being scammed and is this your first visit here?' welcome page link for newbies at the bottom of this page is:

# 'girl' writes to you first on a dating site...especially a free one (or an email appears out of nowhere in your mailbox). Real Russian girls are rarely so bold as to write to you first. (unless you're obviously very attractive or rich :))) They will often reply to your mails, but rarely take the initiative. It's the man who does the chasing in Russia. Plus, if they're looking for a partner, they generally prefer him to be Russian speaking and live in Russia. Much more convenient!


...that's a real shame. A missing digit would have solved part of our mystery. My fiancée is Russian and her cellphone number is 927 XXX XXXX, her mom's number is 927 XXX XXXX, and my Russian ex-girlfriend's number is 917 XXX XXXX. Add a '7' for Russia at the beginning and voila! Now I have no idea where your call came from, but it ain't the East Timor, that's for sure.

Anyway, I can assure you that you are definitely NOT dealing with students in the Anna Petrovna Sotova scam. This is the most sophisticated Russian dating scam I've come across in 2 years.

As I and PBR mentioned on this and the previous page....form mails with a very high level of idiomatic Am Eng, an own US-registered domain, a very long cycle to the money letter, exclusive focus on North America.

The majority of Russian dating scams are well organized, but this one is extremely well organized. Once again I will post a link that no-one will bother to read:

The only way to get to these scammers is as PBR suggests at the top of this page...somehow through their US-registered domain, but I couldn't tell you how.

'Lets give this asshole a good old fashioned American ass whippin........'...BigD, why spoil a perfectly good post by bringing nationality into it? And anyway it should read 'assholes' not 'asshole'.
2007-12-07, 10:37:37
OJAS from United States  
1) Some Cell phones (in the US) are notorious for truncating after first 10 digits, even when you list details of received calls. Taking the first 10 digits here, the leading one country code leaves only one last missing digit, a total of 10 possibilities for the last digit. These 10 digits may be tried on a dictionary attack, 0 through 9 when doing a phone search in the city

2) East Timoreans have neither the political stability nor technology to think about an organized scamming operation

3) ''Anna'' scammer may have timed the accident hoping some victim sends $700 as X'mas gift.

4) May even send picture of ''that'' accident. It is well known a handful of accident pics are recycled repeatedly to appeal to the heart - Oh yeah just on the eve of Holiday season
2007-12-07, 12:00:35
anonymous from United States  
2007-12-07, 13:18:40
OJAS from United States  
This post puts Anna in MSK time zone http://www.delphifa..=12#63300
St. Petersburg is in the same time zone GMT +0300 http://www.timeandd..tml?n=352
Someone asked what is written on the board. Here is an enlargement of left top

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