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Dating scam from Kazan, Russia - Part 1

I would like to warn fellow males from a scam artist, located in Russia.

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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)

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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).

Letter 1:

X-Originating-IP: [] 
Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig) 
Received: from (EHLO ( 
          by with SMTP; Wed, 07 Sep 2005 23:02:29 -0700 
Received: from [] ( []) 
          by (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  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
friend Barbi.

Letter 2:

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.

Letter 3:

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.

Letter 4:

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


Letter 5:

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..

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2006-02-04, 08:21:24
anonymous from Chile  
Another TANYA o TATYANA, a sweet teacher, SHE LOVE ME, jajajajaja, she send me poems, cut and paste, specially form me, jajajajaja:

Greetings my love Bruno!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks you for a home address. I have written down to myself in a notebook.
Also I shall be will keep on for a long time. Your address is necessary for me. I should know, where mine the man lives.
I have received your letter. All is wonderful. So it is fine to feel like the present woman!!!!!!!!!!
That you understand me. That you love me. I know, that you have unique woman. SHE IS the WOMAN TATYANA!!!!!!!!!!
You would like so????????????????? It is fine. When your and my dream to be carried out. I ALL THESE DAYS ALL TIME THOUGHT Of YOU.
My pupils speak: ' Tatyana Veniaminovna why you so smile??????????? '

The matter is that in Russia each person has three names:
1. A name - Tatyana
2. A patronymic - Veniaminovna
3. A surname - Korotkova

Well I could answer my pupils. They yet did not test such feelings.
At them still the whole life ahead. Thank you that you are. Thank you that you near to me.
I did not think at all, that could meet love on Internet. And NOW I HAVE BELIEVED..
I ASKED the PUPILS. THAT PUPILS it IS NECESSARY TO MAKE. You imagine, that they have told amicably.
THAT the MAN And the WOMAN SHOULD WILL MEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was surprised. One boy has told. Tatyana Veniaminovna, my parents have met, when I was not born yet.
My daddy lived in other country. He lived in Poland. And mum of lived Russia.
And daddy could not arrive. He worked and earned money. IT WAS DIFFICULT TIME.
Also HAS WHISPERED ON the EAR. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tatyana Veniaminovna you now should not sit and wait the love.
You now should rush to the love. You should rush and fly to the to the man.
If he you loves also you him like. You that should not stop. it IS YOUR DESTINY And THIS YOFUTURE! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At me heart began to beat very strongly. You imagine, this pupil has told me the real truth.
And when I went from work on a stop. I can not think, that children at small age already think on the adult.
YOU WANT WILL MEET ME?????????????????????? YOU WANT TO TOUCH PALMS MY PERSON????????????????
YOU WANT TO EMBRACE ME And TO WHISPER ON the EAR: I LOVE YOU????????????????????? I YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tell me: How you strongly want me?????????????????????
It so is important for me. Answer me these questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have written this poem specially for you:::::::

Sustaining Love:

Love is as strict as acting,
If you want to love somebody,
Stand there and Do It,
If you don't, than don't, but know,
There are no other choices.
The union of two hearts does,
A relationship make, and compassion
Of minds, keeps love awake.
The courage to share your feelings
Is critical to sustaining Love.
Love many things, for therein lies
The true strength, and whosoever loves much
Performs much, and can accomplish much.
And what is done in love, is done very well.
Until I love truly, completely, I am alone.
And you should love one who knows you well.
And loves you just the same.
Know that you can give, without loving,
But you can not Love, without giving.
You have to work constantly at rejuvenating Love,
You can't just count on it's being
Ok, or it will, Lean towards hollow commitment,
Devoid of Passion and Intimacy.
One has to apply the same kind of energy to it as
They put into their children, or into a career.
And when that is done, then you can say,
I Am Sustaining Love......

I WANT YOU And I SHALL BE INJURED. IF YOU WILL GIVE UP to ME OUR MEETINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well all my time has left. The manager of cafe asks to abandon a place.
I simply do not want to leave you. But I need to go!!!!!!!!!!!
I shall come in cafe in 1-2 days. I shall search for your letter in the box.
If I do not find him, I shall know. What is the word for you I have no any sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MY LOVEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I abandon cafe.

Russia, Yoshkar-Ola
4 February 2006

I love you all heart TATYANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-02-04, 20:51:01
anonymous from United States  
Sorry Guys,
But I find it hard to believe that it would take more then an email or two for some of you guys to figure out that this is a scam at some level. I get these emails from time to time on Match. I feel like a Russian pimp daddy it happens so offen. Even if there is a real person on the other side, the fact that they are try to get over here is a scam in of its self. Hell if you want to get the royal shaft there is no need to bring a woman over from Russia for that, there are plenty of women here that will take your money and run.
2006-02-05, 07:09:18 from United Kingdom  
Thank you all guys for organising and posting your experiences with russian internet scammers.She was from kazan and contacted me via a dating web site, the letters she wrote were more personal to me,all the letters came with a pic, they were n't professionl shots,she was beautiful worked in a shop,dint have phone or computer,just a couple of years younger than me,i thought we could make a great pair, so i thought i could go and see her,but she suddenly said her father was buying her a free ticket to uk,but wanted some money for legal documents and medical insurance?!!!,although the letter asking for money with her personal information and other immigration information appeared to be abnormal from the rest of the letters she had written to me - with line breaks- like cut and paste documents,but stupid me ignored it, i was in love, i said i ll send the £350 she asked for in 2days time, i took the money to the western union for my luck the computers were down at western union,i came back to find that i could not log on into my mail box in yahoo??? ..could they jam other people mail boxes..i never revealed my passwords..,i had the account for 3years..are they that clever..stupid me i still dint think it would have been her...i had her mail id on my phone so i mailed from a new account...telling her that i would send the money next day...then my suspecion grew and decided to do a web search...and i found this site... i was so releaved...thanks guys...this is wonderful work...then i challenged her yesterday...she insists that her love is ture...she wants my phone number (which i had already given it to her) so that she can talk to me ...but i wouldnt know who the hell is on the other end... but i am never going to send her the money ... i dont know what else to do... her name is NATALIA MALINOVA in kazan .. please tell me if anyone else had been contacted by her... i would hate to break an innocent womens heart....especially the one i fell in love with....
2006-02-06, 16:23:22 from United States  
to kazanscammers: Sorry, my friend, but (s)he's the same scammer we've been dealing with. Why don't you email her, tell her that yes, my love, I have sent you the money...if fact, I sent a little extra to help, just in case. Give her a fake money transfer control number, a ten digit number. Delight in the small annoyance it will cause Boris when he realizes that there is no money waiting for him at the Western Union.
2006-02-07, 10:26:35 from United States  
I have been in contact with someone called Anastasiya. I met her on and they also required money for a visa and ticket. 950 dollars to be exact. I was in question and then found this site. I hate to say it but I'm glad they got to you first and you posted this, otherwise I would be out alot of loot. The email address given to me was ' ' if you've got a seccond write them a letter and scam them for some money. LOL....
2006-02-07, 10:26:36 from United States  
I have been in contact with someone called Anastasiya. I met her on and they also required money for a visa and ticket. 950 dollars to be exact. I was in question and then found this site. I hate to say it but I'm glad they got to you first and you posted this, otherwise I would be out alot of loot. The email address given to me was ' ' if you've got a seccond write them a letter and scam them for some money. LOL....
2006-02-08, 20:48:17
anonymous from United States  
The INTERNET is such a wonderful tool! I too have received about four letters and sensed something was wrong at the beginning. I thought dealt with such maners but I guess that's not true. I for some strange feeling decided to type in the name 'Ekaterina Ishkova' in google for kicks and giggles and found this website. I've used this method upon learning how frauds can obtain personal information from one of the major TV networks. Excellent job to the one who did the research for us. It is very much appreciated!
2006-02-08, 22:37:02 from United States  
I have kinda stumbled onto this site. Evidentally I have a lot to learn. I have been receiving emails from a woman from Kazan, Russia. Against my better judgement I sent some money for a phone connection. The next step I am at in the process is that she wants to come here and naturally wants more money for plane, visa etc. Well up to now I could not prove where she was located with the ip addresses. I believe they must be using a proxy of some sort. However, after sending the first installment of money a couple of days later found that the person it was sent to was picked up in Mari-El and not in Kazan where she said she was from. I am an IT type and tried all I know to find out where she was sending her emails from. So I got taken, but not a huge amount. These people are good as setting up scenarios. This has been an experience. I did get awoken at 5:30am on a Saturday morning with a woman on the phone claiming to be the one that I was writing to. We only talked for a few minutes. Just long enough for a bite. or hook. It's been a real ride for the last six weeks. Just before Christmas. Great info on your experiences. Thanks!
2006-02-13, 11:44:27
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Gentlemen, PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY to '''' . (you have been warned)
2006-02-15, 13:04:44
anonymous from United Kingdom  
In have just logged '''' with Again, Gentlemen, DO NOT (under ANY circumstances) Send ANY money (via Western Union, or other method) to this woman. IF YOU DO, You will NEVER EVER see your money again. (or her) She suffers from Mental health problems and is Evil.
2006-02-16, 16:35:29 from Canada  
Fools rush in
Wish that I would have discovered this site 2 weeks ago. Just got played by a girl named Nadya from Kazan.She's suppose to be 27, 28 this Feb 27th. Says she is a teacher of Russian grammar to young students.Her letters went on for more than 2 months,daily before she discussed wanting to come here to Canada to visit me.Says she wanted to do it all on her own.She went through stories about her being a virgin, father died of cancer, mother as heart condition but if she were to come here and like it she could maybe bring her mother over later. She has sent me at least 40 pics and not until just now did I just check, only half are named, some with pictures with her or someone holding up signs telling me how much I was in her heart, some to my daugthter as well.First it was $450.00 u.s for the visa then $1,200.00 for the airfare as she had to go to Moscow to the embasy and pick up her visa, then fly directly from there to Toronto.I had lost many a nights sleep over whether she was sincere. I checked every scam site (except this one)looked at every picture for signs or clues as to specific words she used and could find nothing so decided with the wrong head and sent the money. When I sent the airfare money. I got a call from Western Union asking me how long I knew this girl, worst office in Kazan etc. for scammers and if I wanted the money released to her? Thinking that she could not be like this I told them to release it. When I e-mailed her the number and mentioned the phone call she got upset and asked why they thought she was one of those'bad girls' as she puts it. She e-mailed me back saying that she was too upst to talk and could not fiigure out why they would call me about her like that.Hell she even told me the money was still there and if I thought she was not honest to go and get the money back.With her responding in such a manner I figured for sure she was honest and left it there. When she did pick it up she e-mailed me all excited,her dreams coming true etc. and told me on Feb. 3rd that her flight would be on the following Wednesday.I get a e-mail from her friend Elena that she had left on the train to visit her mom one last time and had tried to e-mail me herself but the internet cafe was always busy. This Elena goes on and on thanking me for making their friend so happy and that they all wish us the best.Next day I get another e-mail from her friend telling me that Nadya had called them at the school and said something seriously wrong with her mom,(now remember she told me in the very begining that her mom had a heart condition)and that she needed to be with her . Days go by, past her arrivial date and I hear nothing. All of a sudden I get e-mails from her, shes all upset, her mom needs an operaion in Mosccow and it costs about $3,000.00 canadian. Well finally the light bulb goes on and I ask her a few trick questions and catch her on her friends Elena husbands name. I tell her that I e-mailed the Canadian Embassy( which I really did to find out whether she actually applied for a visa) and since she already had her passport ready perhaps we could get her mom one as well . Have not heard from her since!!!
Just wanted to share my story with everyone because I thought for sure my scammer was the real thing.Goes to show you when you read that only 1% of these women are frauds and NEVER SEND MONEY, there is a reason people say that.
I will soon be plastering every picture,every letter everything I know about this Nadya on every black list every scam list that I can find on the internet.She is very good at this.Time to put her out of business. I have since e-mailed her and told her'NADYA YOU ARE STILL MY DESTINY, JUST IN A MUCH DIFFERENT WAY NOW'!!!
Just for fun I found this site from an e-mail I just received from some dating site about one of their members who is no longer on their list because she's what, a scammer and brought me right here, go figure.Will not give up hope however theres still the 99% good ones right???
2006-02-17, 05:31:52
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Sorry to hear you got ''taken'' my friend. & Yes, they are very very good at this, women, (not all) can make you ''Believe'' almost anything, if you want to believe it. But at the end of the day, those that do this, are worthless, worth nothing, and are scum. So, my friend, waste no time thinking about people like this, move on, you are a little poorer, but all the wiser, and your Not the Only one that got taken. Try, its a safe dating place, you can ONLY email ''genuine'' ladys, it costs, of course, But YOU will find a Genuine, beautiful, sincere, lady on this site. I have ''joined'', and I am very much enjoying 'meeting' New friends, albit, a little 'warey', but my Trust will return. Lat thing, there are some good people on this site, have fun, be careful (always, never send money to ANYONE, and watch for bougus Russian Travel agents aswell, tour guides, etc etc, ''Reserch EVERYTHING 1ST !) Hope this Helps, try, think you will enjoy it : - ) My Best to you, a 'friend' from England.
2006-02-17, 15:14:43 from United States  
Has anyone come across a woman called Maria bochina from Kazan, Her e-mail is This woman has scammed me from a large amount of money. I took her into my trust because she had sent me her banking details, Is there any way a can use her banking details to my advantage to entrap her or fleece her bank account so she has a taste of her own medicine. When i reported this scam to the police, They just were not interested, All they said to me was, Just put it down to expierience, I was fuming at that point, They could not even advise me what to do. So much for british justice. Aol is my internet provider, Below i have written ip addresses in the order they are seen, Can any one please tell me which is the senders ip address.
1:Received:from rly-yc06 mail.
3:Received:from (
4:Received:from ( port=37855
Your help will be most appreciated.
2006-02-22, 16:35:10
[hidden] from New Zealand  
Hi guys, this is a great site. Okay you know you've got a scammer, but what to do next?? Well my mate and I came up with a good idea, when the scammer brings up Western Union tell them that the Western Union at your location is very unreliable and could they try and send some money to you as a test, not much money twenty bucks or something, tell them when it works you'll return it to them with the additional money they want. Most of them will disappear at this stage, but some might pay up thinking they are earning you trust (unlikely but who knows)... SCAM the SCAMMERS!! What do you all reckon?
2006-02-22, 17:14:22
anonymous from United States  
>> SCAM the SCAMMERS!! What do you all reckon?

I'd be careful. Basically you commit the same crime that they do. Someone has reported the russian scammers to the russian tax office, since they do not tax their extra income.

Besides it could be considered 'mail fraud'. Well 'email fraud'.

I would not do it, certainly not for $20.
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