Don't even HOPE this is for real.
Because it's NOT.
Dirk from Kerkrade, Netherlands
What to do if you have been scammed:
1. Apply to your local state or federal enforcement agency and request to prosecute the criminals that stole your money. (It is the nearest police station where you would report a house burglary, for example.)
3. Send a complaint to your country's Embassy in the country where the scammer resides AND their Embassy in your country - for example, if you live in USA and the scammer resides in Russia, you should send your complaint to the USA Embassy in Russia and Russian Embassy in the USA.
Send it via registered mail, and include with your report:
Name and surname of the scammer (the person on whose name the money was sent, even if it is different from the name of the person your were corresponding with).
Details of the scam - a complete story including dates, names of the persons and websites, printed copies of letters, copies of Western Union receipts etc.
Request to hand your complaint to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the country where the scammer resides (where you have sent the money to) and request to prosecute the scammer and recover your money.
Your name, address, email address and phone number.
Print the complaint, number the pages and initial every page, sign the last page.
Include a copy of your ID/passport (page with your name and photo).
Such a complaint will be considered as an official statement, and can be used by authorities to initiate a criminal investigation, and, possibly, recover your money.
Without official complaints authorities are not able to prosecute scammers.
4. Inform the website where you have found this person (or where s/he has found you), giving them all details of the scam and asking to remove the scammer from their pages. Request response.
5. Inform the service provider where the scammer's email account has been registered, and ask them to disable this address. Request response.
Use aliases POSTMASTER and ABUSE; so if the address was firstname.lastname@example.org report it to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Forward them the letter with money request and the story of how you have been scammed. (Sometimes aliases POSTMASTER and ABUSE can be disabled and in the return letter you will be given a different email address or a link to the website to file your complaint. You can also check the website of the email provider to find a link to report abuse: i.e. check the website www.somename.ru and look for the link 'Report abuse' or 'Report spam'.)
6. If you have sent money to a scammer via Western Union, report it to Western Union fraud department and customer support department. Request response.
7. If your scammer is from RUSSIA or UKRAINE, send information to Russian Police (only if you have sent money to a scammer).
THE PROCESS OF FILING A COMPLAINT
Filing a criminal complaint involves:
writing and notarizing a complaint
collecting all the supporting evidence of the scam
providing a copy of your ID
obtaining a Russian translation of your complaint (it is also preferable to translate at least a few of the letters that the scammers sent to you)
mailing the package of documents to the proper Russian authorities
When your complaint reaches Russian authorities, it will be looked at by a police officer. That officer will have to determine whether or not:
the complaint can be used as a legal document (that's why you need to notarize it and attach a copy of your ID)
there is evidence that a crime that has been committed
there is enough supporting evidence that would justify starting a criminal case
If all the above things are present in the complaint, police will likely register the complaint and start a criminal investigation.