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 22.214.171.124 (EHLO aqua.relinfo.ru) (126.96.36.199)
by mta251.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP; Wed, 07 Sep 2005 23:02:29 -0700
Received: from [188.8.131.52] (92.214.dialup.mari-el.ru [184.108.40.206])
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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..
No need to answer i just got the money letter. She go's by elena gorlanova. kazan. watch out she has a silver tongue. Well she can use it to kiss someone else's ass. that's why the u.s.a. is so great, we band together to find out who these scammers are. Thanks for the great sight. Rock on...
College Student from United States
Hello guys, it's me again.
I have received two more letters from my Olya, pictures above. She hasn't asked for any money or anything...as of yet. Illok forward to that letter.
She has given me an address and I will be sending her a short note giving her some specific instructions. I will then tell you all about what I get as a response.
By the way, my email I gave isn't correct...I just checked it today. Sorry about that...Here it is again:
email@example.com (all lowercase and with an underscore not a dash)
in the 15-5-2006 pic abouve
Palm trees grow in russia???
[hidden] from United States
I think I am being scammed by a Russian lady. It has all of the 'too good to be true
signs'... why would an beautiful young lady want and old gezzer like me? :) We have been
emailing for a little over a month. She provided a phone number which I called and talked to some female... very broken English. I have no way knowing who I was talking to. Today, I asked her to email me her address so I will see what kind of response I get back. Anyway,
I am attaching a photo.. wondering if anybody has ever seen her before or had contact
with her. She goes by the name of Anastasia. Thanks for any comments. This image was also posted here: Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection
anonymous from Canada
On top of the column behind her is a sculpture of a Russian soldier with a machine gun.
anonymous from United States
I have had dealings with a Svetlana Kazarinova.
Here is the email and address that I have. I first communicated with her from AmericanSingles.com. I communicated for about 2 moths with her. Not the typical scammer. She wrote very personal letters and answered every inquiry. They were not for letters. Here is a picture. I have many more. I am not certain if the woman in the picture is real. The other pics that I have makes her look like a model. They could be some pics that the scammer is just using from the Internet.
I tried to send a rose and get a digital picture taken and it was not a real address. I also did a little probing in the email headers using WhoIs and discovered the emails originated from a computer in Moscow, not Novocheboksarsk.
She's doctor, lives with her father, love flowers, hasn't time for relationship in her country so she use internet.
I live in France and I've taste Tatyana. I've said I will come in Moscow in december. She makes as she don't received the message and continue speaking flowers...
She send me photos : one day she's blond, another day brune with another face...
anonymous from United Kingdom
anonymous from United Kingdom
anonymous from United States
Hey I too met a girl claiming to be from Kazan... She was on Yahoo personals, claiming to be from Kansas. I got the same basic form letter I saw in a lot of the posted fist letters, 29 years old, lives with parents, works as seller in shop, Yadda Yadda Yadda...
She claimed to be nemed Larisa.. I saw a Larisa mentioned in earlier postings, but saw no pictures. Could someone post a picture of Larisa (Lara) that they received, so we can compare. I have no money in this, but the wasted time of about 20 e-mails, but she hasn't asked for moneyso far. Last letter she did mention meeting in Europe, though. I will post a picture for comparison. She also claimed to be using an Internet cafe, and the address ended in yandex.ru. She started mailing me in about September or so.
anonymous from United States
Beware of a lady calling herself Tanya Ermolaeva. She says she is from Tobolsk, Russia.
Here is a copy of her letter requesting money for an airline ticket to come see me.
From : Tanya Ermolaeva <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To : Tanya Ermolaeva <email@example.com>
Hi my dearest Kai,
I hope, everything is fine with you and you have a fine day. How are you today?
My day was very intense, I am tired of the trip. I shall sleep well today.
I visited the USA embassy in Moscow today.
I stay in Moscow!
Today in the morning as soon as I have arrived Moscow, I went to the
embassy to be interviewed. My reception has been appointed about 10
o clock in the morning. I came to the embassy, and I had to wait for
the turn not for a long time. I worried very much, one can see my
excitement, but I came3 through with my the thoughts. I was met by a
lovely lady who was an employee of the embassy.
Lady asked me kindly to tell the purpose of my arrival to the USA. I
have told, that my purpose is a meeting with the man,who is dear for
me, with you, dear Kai. She understood the purpose of my travel
and hastened to warn me from possible dangers of travel. She told to
me, that there are cases when nobody meets a girl in USA, and she
stay alone. But I assured her, that you are responsible and sincere
man. I assured her, that we with you are the big friends, and we know,
each other already for a long time. The employee of embassy also told
me, that it is not easy for a woman of my age to visit the USA,
however I insisted on a meeting, even for a short term. So I have
found out, that it is necessary to get the visa. It was told me, that
for us with you the most suitable visa is visa K-1, the visa of a
bride, but it is very difficult to get. Getting of that visa takes a
lot of time. To get this type of visa it is necessary for us to give
proofs of that we have already met with each other, it is necessary to
give our joint photos, hand-written letters to each other. I said,
that I can give these proofs, but the term of getting this visa does
not suit me. Besides we have no plans, to marry now, it is necessary
for us to know each other better all over again.
Then the lady in the embassy explained me, that more convenient type
of the visa for me is Visa B-2, the visa of a tourist. This type of
the visa will allow me to travel to America as an independent tourist,
I can freely move on all the territory of the USA.
I have agreed, that this variant is the most suitable for us. After we
have chosen the necessary type of the visa, I was suggested to fill in
various questionnaires, to answer questions.
I was explained, that registration of the visa will take 2-4 weeks,
also according to this visa I can be in the territory of your country
within several weeks or months.
This type of the visa is really the most optimal variant for us. They
explained me also in the embassy that I shall need the passport, it
is compulsory to pass medical inspection, and already then I can start
to registrate the visa. I knew, that all will be not easy. It will be
really difficult for me, but I am ready to this process. I have
already the passport, and it is a great plus.
Our meeting depends on us, and we should realize.
Dear Kai, also I should tell you how much the official
registration of papers costs.It costs much more expensive, than I
could assume. The visa will cost 160 dollars, medical survey which
will be necessary for me I can pass free-of-charge because I have the
policy of medical insurance. It will be necessary for me to fill in
various questionnaires, it will cost additional 100 dollars. I should
give the embassy the information on the marital status, personal
incomes and my activs in the country. As you see, it is necessary to
do many things to be together with you. I think, that our meeting is
the most important, than any money. Now, I want to sum up, cost of all
that things . Official registration of papers, will cost about 400
dollars. I have this money! It is not a problem for me. Tell are you
glad that our meeting will take place soon?
I have about 1000 spared dollars, I plan to spend this money on the
process of getting visa. Also I should live in Moscow for a certain
time, and certainly I shall need money for foodstuffs, payment of a
taxi and hotel. I can cover that charges for the sake of our meeting.
Dear Kai, I think it will be fair, but I should tell you about
it, I shall probably need your help, I want that you get a ticket for
me to travel to you.
I do not want to injure you, but sincerely I need in you.
All that depends on me these are documents, I shall prepare them, I
shall make out all correctly for our meeting will have no delays and
problems. It is very unpleasant for me to ask you to help, I was
sure, that I shall cope with it myself, but nevertheless our meeting
will be impossible without your support. Tell, are you ready to help
me with tickets? Can you get them for me?
Inform me about it if you are really ready to help me with tickets, I
shall visit the embassy again and begin the process of registration.
As soon as I shall receive your consent.And to be engaged in reception of the
So I believe, that I have made a big step to our future appointment,
now you are the owner of a situation, but it is necessary for us to
make a decision together!
If I get your approval to help I shall be the happiest woman in the world.
Kai, also inform me please your nearest airport, probably, I
shall also know cost of tickets. We shall compare the prices, and search for
I am very tired today, it is rather late already and now I shall come
back home. I shall think of you, and to dream, about the meeting.
Please, study my letter attentively. I trust you. Kai, I will
wait with impatience for our meeting.
Once again excuse me if I injured you having asked the help, I really
did not want to cause you a pain. I highly appreciate you and our
feelings. I will be very happy if our meeting takes place soon. I want
to care about our future.
I listen to my heart and I hope that you also will listen to your heart Kai.
Well, I should go now I finish my letter. I shall look forward to hear from you.
Have a nice day! Only yours Tanya!