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Name: Margarita Gerasimova
Other Comments: Russian scammer Margarita Gersimova, 29, Zvenigovo. Here's the money letter!
'Hello my honey!
Thanks for your letters! I have a lot to tell you today.
I went to travel agency and found all about my trip to you.
For my trip to you, I should issue:
the international passport, the insurance, the tourist visa.
These are the most important documents also
I should pay for delivery by the courier, photos, the questionnaire etc.
Employees of agency have told that they can issue the tourist visa for me without problems.
They are professionals and this year they have already
issued 9 tourist visas to UK for women from my town.
All will be made out as though I am the tourist and
I'll arrive to your country to see sights.
I converted prices in pounds sterling and I hope it will be more clear for you.
Registration of all documents will cost 250 pounds.
Cost of the air ticket Moscow(Domodedovo)-London(Heathrow)
with return + ticket by train to Moscow 300 pounds.
Full cost of a trip to you is 550 pounds.
For receiving the tourist visa I should buy the air ticket myself.
This is obligatory important requirement and I want to explain you the reason.
The agency will apply for the tourist visa for me.
It is the easiest and most successful way for trip to your country.
All will be issued, as though I have no friends in your country!!!
I understand that 550 pounds is very big money.
Can you help me with money??
Unfortunately, I cannot find money without your help.
I have very small salary and I can not save money.
Also now I spend money to go to Internet - cafe!
Also today I found out how I can receive money from you.
I have no bank account and creation the account will cost expensive.
The manager in agency advised me to use system Western Union.
Unfortunately, they have no branch in my city.
But big city near me - Yoshkar-Ola has many their branches.
I can go in Yoshkar-Ola by the bus and it takes a little time.
For sending money you should go to branch Western Union in your city.
You should know my data.
My full name - Margarita Gerasimova.
And you should send money to city Yoshkar-Ola, Russia.
For receiving the money I should to know next your data:
1) Your full name.
2) Your full address.
3) The name of city, whence you will send money.
4) When you will send money to you will tell a confidential ten-digit code.
You should tell me this code in the letter.
So I can receive money from you.
I think that it is good system and very convenient for us.
I very want to arrive to you.
And I dream about our meeting and about our first kiss!!
I am ready to arrive to you as soon as possible!
I can take holiday on the work and arrive to you for 30-35 days.
But my visa will allow me to be in your country till 3 months!!
And if we will fallen in love, I'll be glad to be with you for all 3 months.
Certainly, if it is convenient for you.
I do not want to cause inconvenience and problems.
I hope that you can help me with money.
What do you think about it?
I told with my mum, that I want to arrive to you.
She has told, that if I shall be happy, she will be happy too.
She transfers greetings to you and wishs good luck to us!
If we shall order documents on next week we can meet after 20-25 days!!!
What do you think about it?
I would like to celebrate Christmas with you!! I dream about it!
Do you want to meet me?
Can you send me the money for our meeting??
I'll be happy to meet you.
And I think that it will be the big step in our relations.
My intuition tells me that it is good idea.
And I dream about our meeting!!
I'll wait your answer tomorrow.
Kisses!! Your Margarita
P.S.: Unfortunately, I have no phone.
But I can call to you from telephone station.
I shall be glad to hear your voice and to talk with you!!
Please give me your full international number!
I can call you on the next week.
Still on dating site OASISACTIVE.COM under Marggera09 from Russia
Hi my new friend ******!
Thanks for your message and letter!
I am glad that now we can begin our dialogue with you.
My name is Margarita. I am 29 years old. I was born 23 of June 1980.
My astrological sign is cancer!
I never was married and I do not have children.
I am 165 centimeters tall and 56 kgs weight.
I live in small town Zvenigovo, Russia.
My town is located in 800 kilometers in the east from Moscow.
I never was abroad, but I very much like travel and visit new places.
In the childhood my parents took me on excursion on the great Russian river Volga
Probably it is interesting to you why I have decided to find man through Internet?
I want to find love outside Russia because I already have unsuccessful
experience of relations with men from Russia.
I hope that with the help of the Internet I can find the man who will love me, to care about me.
Our relations will be based on love and trust.
And we shall solve all problems together and to have happy moments together too.
I do not worry about age difference.
For me more important moral qualities.
I hope that you like my letter and my photo.
And we can continue our dialogue!
I'll try to send you one my picture in each letter.
I'll wait your answer with impatience.
I am very glad to receive new letter from you.
How was your day? How are you??
My hopes and dreams for the future are very simple!
I dream to find real love and create family!
I work as the teacher at school.
I teach children in the age of 7-8 years.
I teach children to arithmetics and the beginning of Russian language.
I have the small salary and it hardly suffices me on payment for apartment and for a life.
I could not find work on the speciality which I have received at university.
I have received education in university in city Yoshkar-Ola.
My speciality is the economist - bookkeeper.
In my city very difficult to find work on a speciality!
And sometimes, to get good work, the girl sleep with the chief.
I am not such woman and I hate this!
I have no computer and I write to you from Internet - cafe!
I go to Internet - cafe after work. It is approximately 17.00-18.00 my time!
Unfortunately, the Internet-cafe does not work on Sunday.
Therefore I cannot write to you on Sunday.
I studied English language at university and school.
I speak English fluently and I can write letters without the help of translators,
only sometimes I use russian-english dictionary!
I live in a small one-room apartment together with my mum.
My daddy has died when I was 20 years.
He worked in police and one day he was killed by gangsters.
They have shot at him twice..
For me it is very difficult to speak about it but I think that you should know it.
I have grandmother and the grandfather.
They live in village in 130 kilometers from city and
I with mum sometimes go to grannies.
All my childhood has passed in village!
What do you think about a life outside city.
Please tell me about your childhood.
Now I shall go home and I shall wait for your letter.
Same wording but a new profile on oasisactive.com under Marina29
It seems the scam starts afresh with a 'new' face.........
anonymous from United Kingdom
She turned up on a major newspaper dating site (the Times' Encounters) in the UK just before Christmas. They deleted her profile pretty quickly but not before she sent me a message (unfortunately I deleted it before finding this site). I have no photos of her but the ones posted on 2009-12-03 and 2009-12-08, while not exactly the same, have her appearing the same (hair, type of clothes). She went under the nickname of Marimari80 and, apart from details like being aged 29 and 165 cm tall (& living in central London!), she included:
Why should you get to know Marimari80?
OK, here goes! This is the first time I have entered into the world of online dating! I am ideally looking for a best mate, companion, soulmate and all of the other cliches that are normally associated with stepping into a new relationship. A weird and wonderful sense of humor is absolutely vital along with a caring nature, cute aura and the most important factor which is loyalty.
She describes her ideal match thus:
I search the man for serious relations. He should be kind and honest. He should trust me and support me. I do not smoke and drink. I will not accept a man who the alcoholic. I want to create family and rise children. I search serious man who ready to love.
OJAS from United States
Google for this exact phrase
create family and rise children
The profile is gone from Times, but google has not yet updated.
She is on an Australian site. Any Oz interested baiting?
anonymous from Parramatta, Australia
Yes, I have been bitten. She got me on the Australian site (Oasis). I kept googling her name but nothing came up. Until it was too late. She got the plane fare, visa, and 'minimum' money for a visa application. I'm out of pocket about $AUD3500 (GB1600).
Letters are pretty much identical to yours, although the photos are different. Warnings for other people:
* They are very slick and happy to rubbish scammers, saying they are hated in Russia as they make it difficult for genuine girls to find love outside of Russia.
* The email address is changed very early in the posts, citing difficulties.
* The address I was sending to was email@example.com
* I too bought the policeman father killed by gangsters routine (I'm a cop so I felt for her)
* She was supposed to arrive at Sydney Airport last Friday night. Three days before I asked her to comment on a link to this thread. Curiously, I haven't heard from her since. I'm ok but I feel very used and a little washed out. I am also disappointed in the Russian people (yes, all of them but it will pass). Being a decent bloke, I still went to the airport, as I hated the idea of a woman waiting there in a strange country to be picked up. Of course she wasn't there but I needed to feel like a human being who treats women better than the scammers treat us.