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Name: Ekaterina Markovka
Other Comments: I figured this was a scam and I have a series of pictures to share. I have already informed the scammer thet they were busted. However the idiot keeps sending more request . Now they have asked for the money.
I don't think they read the e-mails that we send or they are so brazen they don't care.
From: Ekaterina [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2008 6:43 AM
To: Subject: WOW!!!
Hello!!! I'm so excited to write you again!!!!!!!!!! I'm in Moscow! You can't imagine how happy I am because I already started my trip to you!
I still cannot believe I've done it! WoW! As I wrote you I was scared to fly on the plane but everything was OK and I'm still alive )))) Moscow is a really big city! I've been told the population of Moscow is about 10 million of people! From the Airport I went by bus... it was so long way... about 1 hour and 30 minutes. I've seen so many nice places in Moscow while going by bus!
When I got off the plane in the Moscow Airport policeman asked me about passport and he looked at me like I am an enemy ))) I think all people here are a little crazy because of terrorism.
Everything here is very expensive, not like in my city... and everywhere are big crowds of people! Everywhere is so many people! I feel uncomfortable because of it but I hope I will be OK soon.
I found a place to stay, I rent a room from an old policeman. He is about 70 years old. He said his wife died 2 years ago and he doesn`t have money to live, so he give in rent rooms in her apartment.
He is very nice man. He said I have to be very careful.
You know... he said many girls from small cities come to big cities, they are looking for a better future and fortune but because they are from small cities they can`t imagine that their way to find the happiness can be not so easy as they thought... and some of them can end up as prostitutes or something like that. He said I should be careful when I will meet you!! But I don't worry about you! I feel with all my heart you are really nice man!
Sorry I wrote you about my worries.. I have nobody to write about it.
My parents are worried enough about me and I don't want to make them to worry more. I think that's really good I've met you! I can write you about everything. I miss my parents... but I'm getting better with every hour )) Now I'm very hungry and I will go and eat something.
I`m sending for you some photos of Moscow that I found in internet.
Please confirm the name of international airport (and his code) and be sure you wrote it right.
I am afraid to make any mistake... I hope everything will be fine.
please write me as soon as possible!See you soon! Great kiss from Moscow!!
> Subject: hello...hopefully..!!!!
> Hello, its me again!! I just wanted to tell you hi!!
> I decided to send you more photos, I hope you will like it.
> I think you are interested that I don`t have a boyfriend, because all
> men here look on my appearance and I want somebody who will look inside me.
> .........two picture....sexy.... :-)
> I'm not info taking naked photos!
> I really apologize if you think now I'm not a good girl...
> I hope you don't think so. Please let me know and I will write you
> more if I'm forgiven for sending this pic!!!
> I hope you will answer this email and we will try to get to know each
> other better!!!!!!!!
> AAAAAAAAAAAh!!!! I'm so ashamed to send this pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> I also want to see your different photos and hope to know you better!
>>>> WHAT IS YOUR REAL AGE?
>>>> I like adult men! :-) The adult the man always serious and sincere!
> I'm looking for a friend, lover or maybe even something serious...
> I'm a free bird now, I don't have a boyfriend and I'm open to
> anything!!!I would like to have a serious relationship although I
> don't know if that's possible in internet so I'm looking just for a
> good man who can show me over there and....... we will see!!!!!!!!
> I'm impatiently waiting for your answer!
> kiss Ekaterina
>> I received your e-mail. So you live in Russia and are moving here. I
>> have one question. How come your e-mail address is in the United Kingdom.
I'm getting one of these too, she picked up my address off a pen pal website and i actually believed that s/he was coming to this country that is until i saw this web site. S/he hasn't asked me for cash yet but i bet its coming next anything i should do? Suggestions on how to F*ck with them or should i just be safe and end it? Im including a Pic of 'her' This image was also posted here: Dating scammer Ekaterina Markovka
Good job, threadstarter,
can you please post this money letter with header?
Although I am not only smelling the rat too but even knowing these photo motives with those mapleleaves very well you should play the game at least till you get the money request.
Did you check her IP already? If not please do so or post her email header.
Eddie from Sweden
ah yes...the classic Yoshkar Ola scam photo set lol
'I figured this was a scam and I have a series of pictures to share. I have already informed the scammer thet they were busted. However the idiot keeps sending more request . Now they have asked for the money.
I don't think they read the e-mails that we send or they are so brazen they don't care.'
anonymous from United States
The vast majority of Russian dating scammers are not women at all, but actually MEN, mostly students, working in organized cells known as 'offices' - in or around Yoshkar Ola, the capital of Mari El republic, sometimes in Chuvashia....and occasionally further afield.
Most scammers are VERY lazy and only looking for quick cash money. They use email extractor programs to get your mail addresses (if you don't have a profile on a dating site, that is)...for example:
...and multiple identities with copied form mails and spam programs on automatic reply, very often the BAT!, with which they can personalize small parts of each letter if necessary.
They mostly won't read your mails until after the pay-off - known as the 'money letter'- because they don't have time, ie because they're mailing, and trying to scam, as many guys as they can (economies of scale).....and also because they're semi-literate lowlifes who can't speak much English anyway. They call this initial phase 'zakidka' -- which means 'fill 'em up' in scammer slang. IN OTHER WORDS, you can write almost anything in your replies and they won't notice, the scammers only get interested when they're curious to see if you've taken the bait.
On the whole, the girls in these scam pics aren't directly involved in the scamming (this one may be an exception) because the scammers steal their pics from the internet or pay unsuspecting friends for them, or buy and exchange them on scammer websites. Mostly they steal them! (Once an experienced Russian scammer actually admitted to me that he stole all his pics from army-of-brides.com and mamba.ru). Occasionally they'll use a local girl for a pic set, usually a scammer groupie. Real female accomplices are otherwise only involved either to phone a guy up, for the sake of credibility, or to pick up the loot at Western Union.
And more recently, the majority of Russian scammers have started using proxy servers or IP spoofing to hide their real locations so ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO DO IS TRACE THEIR IP ADDRESS to confirm the scam! (if you haven't worked it out already, of course). Untraceable IP address = scam.