I had a profile posted on an American dating web site and a female from my area answered me.
Her letter was a few lines long, in good English and she seemed honest and cute, so I replied.
The letter said she had a read-only trial account and would not be able to receive messages,
so she included a yahoo email address. She asked me to write to this yahoo email address.
I did this and a few days later her trial account was gone, she explained that she deleted
it because she found me. (that is what she answered, when I asked her about it)
This girl claimed to live in Kazan, Tartastan, 26 years old and called herself Barbi.
There was something suspicious about her letters, in particular I always had the
impression that she did not really read mine every time. Sometimes she wrote
personal, matching replies, then sometimes not. her photos of which she sent
about 25 so far, had number like 5.jpg, 6.jpg, 35.jpg etc.
Yesterday I did a query for some phrases of some of her emails and found them
posted on 2 other web sites. Apparently she wrote identical letters to other guys
using different names and different pictures. She or he asked those guys for money,
supposedly for tickets or visa paperwork. I guess I am lucky that she never asked
me for any money. However, I felt fooled when I saw "my" emails had also been
sent in parts to other guys.
For that reason I will post her here letters. I know that parts of these letters
have been posted on 2 other sites, but not all.
I include the full headers in the first email. The sender comes from a russian
dial-up but in another email I sent her a URL to one of my web sites and apparantly
"she" uses some sort of satellite DSL for the downstream, the IP number was
84.xx (to be filled in later).
Authentication-Results: mta251.mail.mud.yahoo.com from=yahoo.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
Received: from 188.8.131.52 (EHLO aqua.relinfo.ru) (184.108.40.206)
by mta251.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP; Wed, 07 Sep 2005 23:02:29 -0700
Received: from [220.127.116.11] (92.214.dialup.mari-el.ru [18.104.22.168])
by aqua.relinfo.ru (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id j885LxCa024528
for ; Thu, 8 Sep 2005 09:28:33 +0400 (MSD)
Hello Peter! Have good day? The computer in service of acquaintances
found to me Some profiles of people which coincide with my inquiry. I
Preliminary studied them and has decided to send you to the first the
message Because your profile seems to me more interesting. I hope,
that You have time to send me some messages that we could it is better
to learn about each other. I shall tell a little about myself; my age
of 26 years old and my birthday on On July, 22. I was not married and
I live in an apartment with my parents. Some years, after the ending
of training I work seller of home appliances in a supermarket. To me
To like productive leisure, periodically go in for sports for
maintenance of a body. I like to travel and be in different places,
but My work does not allow me to do it frequently. I have many
friends, We sometimes together spend time, play billiards and tennis,
we have Other entertainment. I send you the picture that you knew my
person. Me very much like different sweet things, such as a pie, cake,
sweet. But frequently I do not permit itself to have it to not be
thick. Still I love beautiful clothes and different things of light
colours. I like of light tone, such as light-blue, pink, beige. And
what your favourite colour? Please Ask things interesting you about me
and inform me some The information on you: what you love an
entertainment? What your character? What You love qualities in women?
Whether You had the wife? I shall answer on your questions and to
inform you it is more about itself in following e-mail! I shall be To
wait for your messages. My email is email@example.com I with
impatience shall wait letter from you and I shall answer you at once
as soon as you to me write. it will be pleasant for me to see your new
photos and to learn a lot of new about you. Write to me I wait. Your
Dear mine , where you were gone, why any more do not write me
the letters, I wait already what is the time, and them all no.
There can be I you something has offended? Write to me please.
With impatience I wait Barbi.
Hi Peter! Have good day! Peter, you ask, where I live - to To regret
it is far from you. Otherwise it was not necessary for us much e-mail,
To learn each other. I for the first time have acquaintance through
the Internet. It was very difficult to me to place my structure in a
service of acquaintances, because I am in Russia, the service of
acquaintances does not accept the members from this country. I had to
specify in a profile, that I am in USA. In this letter I shall inform
you a little information myself and if the dialogue with me will be
interesting to you, I shall tell about myself in more detail in the
following letters. I live in an average part of Russia, in city Kazan
in Tatarstan republic. But if we shall decide to meet, I hope, that it
not Will be a problem for us because I have made a little Travel to
other countries. I was in the several countries of Europe; For example
Turkey, Italy, Germany. I made these travel as The tourist. Therefore
Peter, you should not have excitement be relative That we not beside.
I such woman, that if I shall like The person for a meeting I shall
reach even on the moon. Besides in Our days is not a problem to make
such travel. I not I worry about it and I have necessary feelings to
get acquainted and it is possible To have relations with the person of
other state. It is very interesting - Other culture, thinking,
traditions. For me this new-Probably and you Peter Can learn, that
such the Russian woman. I hope that you have not lost interest to me
and will answer me soon. I wait for yours e-mail, my American friend.
HI Peter! I am pleased to receive your reciprocal message. For me it
was pleasant to receive the letter from you today. I am very glad that
you have written to me. Thank for your picture, it me to like. I shall
be To increase and to unpack it. I liked absolutely all your pictures.
That picture with the clown really amusing! What small little mouse!
You have made absolutely correctly, that have not listened to the
neighbour and have let off that little mouse. Peter You e-mail means
for me, that I too was interesting to you. You Really Peter, see a
picture of me nice? Peter, at me is present to you It is a lot of
questions and I would like to ask them in the messages, I hope you
Will allow to me answers to them - OK? You for me the nice person, And
on this for me it is important to know your opinion on some things. Me
to not irritate, that you to be more senior than me. I to search for
the mature man, which would be to wise and scientific life. I like the
men which is more senior than me and can learn me to something in this
short life. I to want to connect destiny with the man of such age as
you. I think, that you read my structure and could see there, that I
haves serious intentions to get acquainted with the good person for
relations . I shall try to tell a little about my character. I do not
know as it to start, I think, that I very romantic person. I like to
communicate with people, it is pleasant to me Good humour. I very much
appreciate such qualities in people, as fidelity and honesty. I
believe in love, and I think it very valuable thing which needs to be
protected. I very much The jealous person. I adore, when to me pay
compliments and is ready to listen to them indefinitely. For me it is
necessary, that around of me there was a cleanliness and the order, I
frequently am engaged cleaning. Also to me to like to prepare for a
meal, various tasty things. It is pleasant to me romantic relations
between the man and The woman, but probably all women dream to get
acquainted with good The person to have with him beautiful romantic
relations. But frequently such things come to an end Very quickly. I
have no intention to spend myself on such acquaintances. While I have
not met In the life of such person to which I would decide to give
myself and the life. But me it would be desirable to find such person.
I think, that for the woman the main thing to have in a life not
Career or other success, and strong family and the favourite person
beside what to care of him. Tell please, you dream to meet what woman
in the life? Excuse Peter, that I ask you to discuss such frank thing
with The person whom you know couple of days. But it is interesting to
me to know It about you. I shall wait for yours e-mail. Yours
Hi , I was sad that you do not write me and do not answer on my
letters. There can be I you than that has offended or you simply play
with me in games? I wait from you of the answer. Yours Barbi.
At that point I had started to ignore her because her letters were ridiculous, not reflecting what I had written.
However, things picked up then again..
Wow, I just got an email from 'Ludmila' (In reality, the name is probably Surge or Magda or something) It was a love letter as long as 'War & Peace', This is almost in line with the 1972 movie 'The Sting'! I've had the Bait....this latest Love letter is 'the Hook', the next letter will be 'Please it the send Me it the Money for the study and Passport and it the application' The STING!........Riiiiiight.
My answer will be 'Sorry but,...No Lap Dance,...No Happy Ending,.....No Hummer;....NO MONEY!
Stay Tuned for more Girley Action!
Cameron from United States
Here's the letter. Does this look familiar to Anyone???
Put you name in place of mine
Hello my dear Bill!!!!
I want to tell to you, that as well as I am usual is happy
to receive this mail and especially the answer on I wash last
E-mail, it is very pleasant for me.
I so wait for your warm letters for me, I want
to speak, that I cannot now without your feelings to me.
That that you write to me, is now integral
part of my life, it on so important for me
now to not lose touch with you, your letters to me
are a source of pleasure of my life.
I want to tell, that occurrence of you in my part lonely
lives, it has turned up to unrecognizability, I do not know,
that occurs to me and my feeling, it is strange
probably, but when to me badly I think of you Bill,
and in me the good mood wakes up only and
sincerely pure ideas with which I hasten to share with
you, also shares everything, that at me is concerning ours
beautiful and very pleasant dialogue with you Bill.
I want to tell, that I speak these pure lines of the
hearts only with sincere care of you mine Bill.
Also I want to tell to you, that I have come to a conclusion, that at
me such feeling to you which I not wakes up
to test earlier, so it is pleasant to feel it such to you.
I constantly think, only about us with you mine Bill,
and about our acquaintance on the Internet, it was so quickly,
that, now to feel such about what I even did not think!
I start to understand that I even am afraid a little
to speak such to you, it so is important, but I do not know as
to express that I have to you with my feeling which
it has been closed for everything, but for you at all that,
that was earlier, I do not know, that occurs, but I think,
that I should not hide that all people on this search
to blue planet, which I cannot describe this that feeling
words, it that forces to live on the ground and without what,
is impossible in general, I to want to tell to you Bill, that I
I start to understand that we are not indifferent each other.
And it forces to be pleased me every day.
before going to go to bed I dreamed all
evening about us with you my loved Bill, also can
be to understand that is possible soon we we can appear
together and to have a happy life, I cried from all
it, there can be I have understood that now I cannot
to live without you further and to understand that I can name
strong feeling of love, I so am afraid of all it,
what even with fear I speak it to you Bill.
I thought that we can create strong
the family to live and be pleased to this gift of destiny.
Bill as you count my most dear
it is possible in the future, it so fingers my soul,
that at me hands are shaked when I write it to you Bill.
I cannot explain all it in words, as
I am lost in myself, it probably delirium any, but I want
to tell you that I have to you such feeling as love!
Still I want to tell to you my loved Bill,
that I to speak about the feelings to you to parents,
and they too to support me in all it and to tell,
that they are very happy for us with you, as they
wish me only good luck in this life and to speak that,
that I know, that I do only a correct choice!
They hope, that we with you only shall be happy,
also that you can cares of me and to allow all heat
the loving heart, I believe all this and I hope,
that is fast we shall be capable to see each other really.
They have told, that if I have such feelings to you,
also I receive same back, it means that to us
at a door of a lonely life has not appreciablly crept
true love which I am ready to give this key
to the feelings and the sincere soul.
My parents have asked, and that if in the near future
we shall be happy each other as then will be
further, they have asked me where I want to remain, and
I hastened to answer, that I hope to be in yours
to the country as for me this happiness and is very joyful.
It is dream of all my life to have such love as you!
And then in Russia it is a complex vital situation,
from which people hardly get out and struggle for the
life both hands, it very sadly to speak about it.
My love I want to tell to you, that my parents
wish us only good luck, sincerely pure care
about each other and certainly the purest angelic love!
My dear still I have that important question to you,
which is very important for me especially now, when I
so it is close to your heart, you write to other women?
I think, that was not present, as I am sure, that I have only
fair attitudes to you which I build only on trust
to you my love Bill. But nevertheless it is important for me
to hear it from you, I hope, that you will understand me, that
I do not want, that you had dialogue with other women.
I do not write to whom except for you and I do not need in anybody,
except for my Bill. I do not want to have loved
other person because you who has illuminated that
my days with light of pleasure, hope come back
which I wait for love already for a long time!
My love Bill you probably asked a question,
as I shall leave all in Russia and my work also,
but I do not worry in this occasion, as all my colleagues
are glad for me as for native and are ready to take it on itself,
for, that it is very much - very much pleasant for me to hear such from
I think, that my favourite person should change
my lonely life up to the end, as all people on the ground
build the private life as they want it, the truth?
Also my colleagues speak me, that they is very strong
will grieve without me, but I have told, that if I
I gather to you my love Bill I was necessary
I shall write to them e-mail from your country.
I want to tell to you, that you on the very first plan for me
than my work and my colleagues, also I has decided,
that I should be near to you as I cannot
so for a long time to suffer on distance, I hope, that is fast
we shall have a meeting with you my loved Bill.
I want to tell to you my love Bill, that I
I shall necessarily study about my arrival in you.
I know from words of my girlfriend Irina that to me
the passport for travel abroad is required and
the visa without which I cannot be in your country.
I shall necessarily study in all this very soon,
I hope, that you also wish it as well as I, I am sincere
I hope for it and I trust you the heart!
On it I have decided to finish the letter to you mine
love Bill, I hope to receive news from
you it is very fast, as I cannot without it.
Always thinking only about you,
and hope in my heart,
to receive news it is fast
with sincere hope and love to you
Hugo - UK from United States
Help everybody please.........
OK- shes used my money to get a new passport and visa - and she's paid to phone me from Russia - so I trust her so far. She even sent a copy of the new passport .
But I think the Russian travel agent is trying to rip us both off.
If I buy a flight ticket in the UK - the exact same ticket in Russia is 400$ more...
Any thoughts ..........
anonymous from United States
Yes! she is in kahoots with the travel agent. OR,..... Is she the Travel Agent?!
Cameron from United States
Hugo - Flights maybe more costly in Russia, being the Rubble isn't worth squat and that not as many flights go out of that part of Russia as say in Heathrow in London or Kennedy in NY. If anything, buy her a paperless ticket on-line using her EXACT name and address and use a credit card to pay so incase you have any daughts, you can cancel the transaction without taking a loss.
Hugo - UK from United States
Yes, thats what I was thinking. Well, if she is being naughty - she sure is putting in a lot of effort. Hours and hours on MSN.
I've done all the checks I can think of on the internet and cannot find anything bad or doubting about her.........
anonymous from United States
This is almost scary...hahahahaha. I recieved one letter and it's so similar to others' letter #1. I figured something smelled funny. Good work, Peter.....you just confirmed my suspicions. Good Luck!
I'm going to play along for a while, but I'm certainly not sending any cash....hahahahaha. It will be a fun ride. I could be wrong, but I don't think so after viewing other postings.
I've posted my first letter for everyone elses enjoyment. I deleted the email address and name to protect the innocent..hahaha:
My name is xxxxxxxxx! I am 28 years old. I live in Russia in the city Kazan.
I saw your profile and decided to write you because I like you very much. I am an interesting, beautiful, kind and single young lady. I want to find my love, my half and want to marry him. I am looking for a man who will fall in love with me and I will fall in love with him. I have never been married but I dream about it. I am fond of children and I dream about a happy family with the beloved man.
I am interested in music, cooking, reading, traveling and others. I know English very good and can easily speak it because I work as a teacher of English at school. If you are interested in me please write me on my e-mail
Please write me and I will send you my photos. I wait for your letter very much.
Cameron from United States
Hey anonymous, did she send any pic's with it???? I bet if you did, it the title is a bunch of numbers.jpg. Sought of similar to the porn sights!
Hugo - UK. from United States
Damned sure its a scam now.
Hugo - Uk from United States
Yes it is...
How do I place her letter on here - saved it in my documents
Dameon from United States
I have a full set of this scammers letters. Also, this appears to be a group of people. Very stupid people. I am now in communication with this scam artist again. This is the 9th time that they have contacted me. They even communicated with me using several different photos and names without realizing that they are already talking to me using a different e-mail address. So, I must assume that this is not coming from just one person or computer. I am not sure how to post all the photos here.
Peter (Author) from United States
Hugo: You can copy and paste the letter here. Or forward it with photos to me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot photos, probably not really her though :-(
She wants to come live with me, temporarily :-)
Victor from United States
I am getting these same form letters; each letter I get I do a search and always get a hit with this page. The only difference is the name used; in my case its Aleksandra from Murom Russia. She had a Yahoo profile name of solarmelody7 (since deleted) saying she was in Nebraska. She contacted me and asked to be emailed at email@example.com; so I created a new Yahoo account and sent her the email address, but instead of getting a reply from smallsunonsky address I got replied from firstname.lastname@example.org address. She sent a couple of pictures that matched her Yahoo profile, so I know its the 'same' person.
Has anyone else been getting emails from smallsunonsky or lacrainly at Yahoo?
For now the emails are just entertainment to me; this was one of the first contacts I got after creating a Yahoo profile for myself. So I just keep it going to see how many of the form letters will match with the one's here.
p.s. 'She' emails from the same IP's as noted above, namely:
'from unknown (HELO localhost) (email@example.com with plain) by smtp016.mail.yahoo.com'
Gabriel (Germany) from Germany
Hey Guys, saw your comments here and wanted to thank you for opening my mind. Even after reading all this I still deep inside 'wish' to belive that it is 'real' that this Girl is interested .... I guess thats the logic of a broken heart.
Please help me confirm if this is a fraud ! PLEASE
Does someone recognize:
Johnny from United States
Heya. Thanks Peter for posting this page. I also recieved the very same messages and pictures from this 'barbi' altho I never would have sent out any money. you've probably saved me some time and a little heart ache. This scam was hard to spot because it doesnt bear most of the traditional 'red flags' that they usualy do. the person on the other end sent very customized versions of these forms and answered several direct questions. and they usualy dont invite you to see them first. also the pictures are fairly casual in nature. altho the numbering patern was the first hint. stuff you'd take with friends while out and about. not model shots. I believe the person sending was from Germany. In several of the personalized protions of the messages they had mistakenly typed Mine instead of My. a very common mistake for any german speaker (I work with several german speakers) so if anyone has fallen for this little trick dont feel too retarded.. in less you sent them money