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.
If, by any chance, you don't believe any of this, please read: http://www.cheboksa..mers.html
(Russian newspaper article about scamming, 6 posts down)
Further info about scammers and real Russian women, and a whole lot more, can be found in the ..
'Are you being scammed and this is your first visit here?
welcome page/ primer for newbies.'
just below this post (bright red, so you can't miss it)