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 126.96.36.199 (EHLO aqua.relinfo.ru) (188.8.131.52)
by mta251.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP; Wed, 07 Sep 2005 23:02:29 -0700
Received: from [184.108.40.206] (92.214.dialup.mari-el.ru [220.127.116.11])
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..
Hello fellow vitcims: I am from the Netherlands.
I seems that i just got rid of this scammer named : Ekaterina Torbeeva
I reported her already to this site,but i think her initial-email should be here.
The same for her profile that she is using in dating sites.
She had this in her profile. (i was just in time to save it, just the day before she had removed her profile from the angency)
This was in her profile:
Birth day: 1979-11-18
Relation type: Penpal (<---yeah right!--Now i even believe she did means that)
My country:United States (<- when i asked her why she left Russia, she told me that she lives in Russia, but this was for privacy reasons)
My city: Pittsburg
My hello phrase:Hello to all men!!! (<--pls not the 3 exclamation marks!!! they are typical hers! in all her letters) (Same letters as on this site btw)
'Congratulations I Ekaterina. To me of 27 years. I very romantic and careful girl. I work in children's hospital as the children's doctor. I very much love the work. I very much sympathizing and easygoing the woman. Here I have not found second half. I want to find love. With impatience I wait for your letters. Ekaterina.'
This was her first email to me:
'Hello mine dear friend!!! I have in detail seen your structure in agency, he seems to
me much better others. You very intellectual, formed the man. I very much would want
to meet you closer to learn you as it is possible better. I wanted to tell a little
bit to you about myself in this letter. My name is Ekaterina, I the young romantic
girl, me of 27 years. I work in the company, on sales by the goods by the manager.
Very much to like me my job as it is very interesting trade. I have finished
University and I have the maximum economic education. I write to you that and has not
met the close friend in my life. Here unfortunately I have not found such person, but
I think that we shall meet you and we shall understand each other. And as I think
that we can get happy family. And I am sure about our family will to speak, that this
family was constructed on trust, love and mutual understanding. I with impatience
shall wait for your letter and consequently I want to leave to you the address of my
e-mail email@example.com, please write to me the letter. Ekaterina.'
ok, finally the photo's she used:
This must be a profesional model:
The meanest thing she did to me is, that she wrote in the email before the money letter , that she attached a photo (like this one,but better quality--) and she wrote:
Are you sure you are ready to meet me? It can change your live completely as you live it now. Please take a look at my photo, and decide if you want to meet me.
This is really taking advantage of men's weakness: Who can say no to a girl like on such photo? Well...I know this is not really her. if you are this girl on the pic, give me your address, i will send you money and i will marry you!!! :p
Good luck everyone!
firstname.lastname@example.org from Netherlands
I forgot to tell anonymous that i had the excaxt same story about the fishing trip like written on this page.
Now i am here again, this is another photo of her.
I was right the first time.
Elena Popova is a real 'scamer'.
Her e-mail address is PARFEN333@RAMBLER.RU.
Peace & God Bless to everyone out in the world looking for that perfect soulmate.
Joseph Z. in Duluth, Georgia U.S.A.
anonymous from United States
This Julia is a scam artist steve don,t trust anything she says. Ive already reported her to the relevant authorities in Russia. If it,s to good to be true don,t trust it!!!
anonymous from United States
I recieved similar and one identical letter that Peter had recieved, there can be no doubt that they are form letters! Although I have recieved over 12 emails so far I have yet to be ask for any money. The similarities are stunning, maybe this is how they get their thrills over there? Be warned men act on impulse!
anonymous from Netherlands
The bad thing about scamming is that when you think this might be a really nice girl, you start wondering 'is it true what she tells me, is this just another scam..' I think I've hit a nice girl, after a couple of scams, but I cannot drop the thought: 'well maybe this nice is just part of her sick ploy?' I have been scammed a couple of times, it never cost me but my emotions, but I felt ransacked each time, yes, these girls breed mistrust. That ist the worst part of it all, I find it hard to trust a Russian girl though I would really like to, and eventually commit myself to one. But now I am just sceptical waiting for the big money-question, when, when? This is bad, bad, the worst part of scamming.
The Russian authorities should crack down on these girls who are bad for a man's morals. :-)
anonymous from United States
Just use your comman sense, and get past the pritty pic she sent you.
that pic could be of anyone.
if her profile says that she is from the U.S.
but when she e-mails you that she is really in russia.
DING!!!--first lie she's out
if you ask her quistions and she does not answer them in her e-mails...DING 2ed clue
If you still want to beleave her. Put google to work for you and do all the reserch you can.
anonymous from United States
i have been in contact from one of these scammers.
i used the advise on the ip address on www.ripe.net and came up with a name and address and i wanted to know what this means, if this is a registered person or not. i do not know how to read what i got back well.there are a bunch of numbers i do not understand.should i post them here and se if its looks familar to someone?
anonymous from United States
address: JSC Rambler Internet Holding
address: vlad 1, str 77, Vorobevy gory,
address: Moscow, Russia
i am stupid i think this is the owner of an internet service.not of the owner of the ip.
anyway the ip address keeps coming from
from 18.104.22.168 (EHLO mxb.rambler.ru) (22.214.171.124) by mta278.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP; Thu, 18 May 2006 06:41:57 -0700
i fear i have chased him/her away though.it's been a a couple days and i would get an email every day except saturday at the same time every day, except the first day was at 3:30 a.m.
anastasiya romanova is her name/
i was stupid to tell her what i thought.
anonymous from United Kingdom
you are right this is the contact name for the Internet Service Provider. Usually the best you can hope for from an IP address is to confirm or disprove a city that the scammer tells you they are in when e-mailing you.
They tell you they are in Moscow waiting for visa, IP shows up in Mari El 800 km away from Moscow, then you know it is a scam
ALHEATINGLTD@BELLNET.CA from Canada
hI GUYS I'V BEEN A VCTIM TOO IF ANY ONE KNOW ABOUT THIS GIRL SHE SAYS HER NAME IS ( NATALIA ROMANOVA ) FROM VOTKINSK CITY I MET HER ON DATE.CA PROFILE CHEFIR. I'V STUMBLED IN THIS SITY BY MISTAKE AND FOUND ALL LETTERS THE SAME AS MINE JUST MY NAME CHANGES SHE SUCKED ME ONLY 250.00 US. bUT I BELEVE SHE IS IN YOSHKAR OLA. ANY ONE CAN LET ME KNOW THANKS LENNY
[hidden] from United States
Just want to know if this woman has contacted anyone else. She has yet to ask me for money, but I can feel it comming. I just want to know if she is being honset with me.
Her e-mail is / email@example.com
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