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Are you an American or Western European man exchanging emails with a girl from Russia? I was contacted by a girl who turned out to be a scammer. Reader Derrick put together some great advice how to detect scammers.
I only have one advice (#8) to add: If a Russian girl tells you that she will get a visa to the USA instead of inviting you, that is - under the current immigration law - a SURE sign that SHE LIES.

Here is the process how a Russian woman can come to the USA:

If she is considered a relatively young/ attractive woman (let's say under 40, hope I don't hurt anyone's feelings here), then there is virtually NO CHANCE THAT SHE GETS A TOURIST VISA TO THE USA. First the Russian Federation will not allow her to leave the country. Then, even if she was getting out, the USA will deny her admission. The reasoning is that she is considered a risk. How could she not be a risk? If she had family in Russia (husband, children) or a valuable business or real estate. Most likely the woman who writes you will be considered a risk. The only way for her to get a visa into the USA is this procedure:

  1. the foreign man visits her in her native area in Russia
  2. they get engaged during such a visit - take photos of the 2 of you together
  3. he flies back and applies for a K-1 visa. A K-1 visa is also known as Fiancee visa, used for marriage-based immigration
  4. once the K1 visa is granted, the girl can enter the USA and stay there for 3 months. By the end of these 3 months you HAVE to GET MARRIED or the girl has to go back home.
  5. if you get married, the girl gets a greencard and can work
  6. after 3 years of marriage, the girl can apply for a US citizenship. That's when they interview you to find out if it's a real marriage. She also has to answer some questions about US history, political system, etc etc.


Here are Derrick's tricks (1-7) that he uses immediately from the start:
  1. GOOGLE or websearch the first part of the scammers first emails and/or 'profile'. SEE HOW MANY OTHER SITES their listed on! RECORD THOSE SITES FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. THAT alone can give you a good idea IF your dealing with a scammer OR not.
  2. GOOGLE or websearch the return email address. See how many 'hits' come from that search and also note all the sites. (many times you'll see the email end up on a 'scammers list') IF YOU FIND THE EMAIL ADDRESS LISTED ON A SCAMMER LIST - don't bother further, your only fooling yourself - no matter what excuse they might give you.
  3. FROM THE START - ASK FOR SPECIFIC INFOMATION! A full name, address, phone number - something. OFFER THE SAME in exchange, except make it a P.O. box and a CELL PHONE rental card that will protect your identity. If you see your requests ignored, which you usually will, don't waste your time further.
  4. ALWAYS ASK SPECIFIC QUESTIONS that would REQUIRE A SPECIFIC ANSWER outside the use of FORM LETTERS. IF YOU FIND your questions go unaddress in your reply emails from 'them/her' - YOUR DEALING WITH A SCAMMER. Again, don't bother further.
  5. DON'T WAIT 6 MONTHS to offer to talk with the PROSPECT by phone! WHAT A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME! IF THERE IS CHEMISTRY OR APPEARS 'INTEREST' BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU - then sieze the opportunity. ARRANGE A PHONE CALL! International rates to Russia and most places are reasonably cheap. IF YOU GET THE REPLY ' I'M SO POOR I DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A PHONE' - drop the whole thing, your only wasting your time and WILL BE SCAMMED at some point in the future.
  6. PHOTO FLOOD! IF IT/SHE/HIM/THEM - LOOK TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE - THEN IT PROBABLY IS! MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE SCAMMES USE PHOTOS OF MODELS IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES TO POSE ON THE NET IN THEIR PROFILE(s)! Consider this - IF THEY LOOK like a MODEL then tell you they're so poor they don't have access to a phone - YOUR BEING SCAMMED!

    ASK FOR A SPECIAL PHOTO TO BE TAKEN. IF YOU SENT YOURS, HAVE THEM TAKE A PHOTO SHOWING THEM HOLDING UP YOUR PHOTO IN THE PICTURE! That is a good 'scammer filter' - even the most adept with Photoshop will easily be spoted.

    BETTER STILL - ASK THEM TO TAKE A PHOTO THAT SHOWS THEM HOLDING A CURRENT NEWPAPER OF YOUR CHOICE OR THEIR COUNTRY, WITH A RESOLUTION THAT YOU CAN READ THE DATE! NOT some low grade - grainy photo! FEW WILL EVER DO THAT.

    AT THE LEAST - ASK THEM FOR A PHOTO of them wearing a specific combination of clothes and/or colors - something different then the usual 'model clothing' - most use to send out. OR AN OBJECT - TOASTER, ELECTRIC CLOCK, BY A COUCH, IN A ROCKING CHAIR something that would be very hard to use PHOTOSHOP to just PUT in another FILE PHOTO.

    *** IF this person is real or sincere, they won't mind doing this for you! ALSO - offer to do the same for their comfort also - that is only fair.
  7. IF THINGS GET SERIOUS - then ASK THEM TO DELETE ALL THEIR OTHER WEB PROFILE POSTS! CHECK ON THE ONES YOU NOTED EARLIER! Again, IF THEIR SINCERE - they will - happily as your their DREAM and future!
  8. If she talks about getting a visa or that she needs money to get a travel visa to the USA, she lies. See the proper course of action described at the top.



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2008-04-30, 17:29:20   (updated: 2008-04-30, 17:32:36)
cvdsupport@earthlink.net from United States  
More on Red Rose Galina, email address ( red_rose_galina@yahoo.com ) After finding that AC outlet, I started to look closely at the other photos and found one with a banner in the background for a radio station. It was MOViN 107.5 a station that is located in Portland, Oregon and Dallas, Texas. This also prove to me that the photos were not the person I was corresponding to. Here is another one of her emails and you can see how similar they are to the ones that Yuliya sent to me.

Hello Elmer!!!
My love and my sun Elmer!!! I today have come to the Internet of
cafe all in tears... It is very a pity to Me that you have left me
such difficult minute when I wish to be with you and only with you.
Tell to me why you do not wish to write to me??? I every day wait for
your letter to me. To me it is very pleasant when I see your letters
to me. I am very upset when I do not see your letters to me. I very
much ask you write to me.... I very much wait for your letter to me. I
hope that you understand me and will not leave me. I not whom so did
not love as you. I am ready make all that we could to be together.
I VERY STRONGLY LOVE YOU ELMER!!!!
I MISS YOU!!!!!!!
I very much wait for your answer to me.
Gentle Galina


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2008-04-30, 17:39:36
cvdsupport@earthlink.net from United States  
Well it came down to money not love as usual. She wanted so badly to come to America and be with me. But I told her I was broke and could not afford the plane ticket. After that she wrote a very nice dear John letter to me. It wasn't that nice but it was to the point. Here is that email from Galina.

Hello Elmer!!!

I think that we should not communicate any more, I very much ask I you
do not write to me more shall not answer your letters to me. I trusted
that we can be together and only together. But you not that do not
wish do that we could to be together, I would do all what to be with
you but you have told to me that you not that not will do what we
could to be together. You not present the man of my dream. You for any
more who!!!!

I hope that you will leave me and will not write to me more

Galina




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2008-04-30, 17:51:27
cvdsupport@earthlink.net from United States  
I just want to get as much information as possible on this scammer from Russia. It's too bad you can post more that one photo per comment.

email address: red_rose_galina@yahoo.com

Phony IP address:

IP address: 98.26.196.59
Reverse DNS: cpe-098-026-196-059.triad.res.rr.com.
Reverse DNS authenticity: [Verified]
ASN: 0
ASN Name: IANA-RSVD-0
IP range connectivity: 0
Registrar (per ASN): Unknown
Country (per IP registrar): US [United States]
Country Currency: USD [United States Dollars]
Country IP Range: 98.24.0.0 to 98.31.255.255
Country fraud profile: Normal
City (per outside source): Greensboro, North Carolina
Country (per outside source): US [United States]
Private (internal) IP? No
IP address registrar: whois.arin.net
Known Proxy? No
Link for WHOIS: 98.26.196.59




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2008-04-30, 17:55:42
cvdsupport@earthlink.net from Phoenix, United States  
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From her photos she really does look Russian. That's what is so amazing about these scammers. They can find pictures out on the internet of woman that truly fit the description of a Russian woman. I have yet to find another posting here or anywhere else of this particular woman.

email address: red_rose_galina@yahoo.com




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2008-04-30, 18:03:00
cvdsupport@earthlink.net from Phoenix, United States  
She had two ads out on Match Dot Com when I came across Glina. email address: red_rose_galina@yahoo.com

love_sexy_girl
I miss you

28-year-old woman
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
seeking men 30-55
within 50 miles of Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Relationships: Never Married
Have kids: None
Want kids: Not sure
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Body type: Athletic and toned
Height: 5'6' (167cms)
Religion: Christian / Other
Smoke: No Way
Drink: I don't drink alcohol

sladkaya_girl7
I miss you

28-year-old woman
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
seeking men 30-60
within 50 miles of Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Relationships:     Never Married
Have kids:     None
Want kids:     Not sure
Ethnicity:     White / Caucasian
Body type:     Athletic and toned
Height:     5'6' (167cms)
Religion:     Christian / Other
Smoke:     No Way
Drink:     I don't drink alcohol




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2008-04-30, 18:13:09   (updated: 2008-04-30, 18:14:02)
cvdsupport@earthlink.net from Phoenix, United States  
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Just one last photo of this very sexy girl from Portland or Dallas I don't know which. Funny how this photo is so very much like the one of Yuliya lying on the bed on the previous page. But if anyone has had contact with a Russian woman that uses these photo, please post you comment and information. Also if you want more of the photos I have many more that did not get posted here. More people out there need to to understand that we are here to bust these scammers and hopefully slow them down. I know I have because I contact these suckers every time I spot one out there. Then I just play the good old cat and mouse game with them. Eventually it will come down to money and you simply say I am broke and have no money.

email address: red_rose_galina@yahoo.com




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2008-04-30, 19:19:21
Dirk from Heerlen, Netherlands  
Thanks! Good job. Here you have info on the IP-addresses.

IP 91.144.161.148

The Project Honey Pot system has detected behavior from the IP address consistent with that of a mail server and dictionary attacker. Below we've reported some other data associated with this IP. This interrelated data helps map spammers' networks and aids in law enforcement efforts.

http://www.delphifa..shtml?p=1

http://www.delphifa..shtml?p=4

http://www.delphifa..shtml?p=3

http://www.cheboksa..39,page=3

http://www.antifrau..p?p=23881

http://www.romances..b751c49ae

IP 98.26.196.59 (forged/hijacked)

http://arch-arika.c..p/all.php

http://www.ancior.m..fset=8660

http://www.daisy.co..,GGLR:en " target=_blank > http://translate.go..8,GGLR:en

http://www.aisena.s..offset=80

http://sblam.com/bl..ccess.txt

http://202.143.165...topic=167

http://utcc2.utcc.a.._id=12371

IP 77.40.116.139

Any IP-address beginning with 77.40 is Volga Telecom, Mari-El.

2008-04-30, 19:23:33
Dirk from Heerlen, Netherlands  
On addie red_rose_galina@yahoo.com

http://www.chancefo..6069.html

2008-04-30, 19:28:14
Dirk from Heerlen, Netherlands  
On addie snowflakenursi@yahoo.com

http://www.delphifa..html?p=18

2008-04-30, 20:17:13
OJAS from United States  
cvdsupport, good job again!
If you copy / paste from the dating profile what (Galina or whatever) describes about ''herself'' and what ''she'' is looking for in the man, it is useful for googling for up to 10 words exact phrase, unusual constructions including spelling errors, etc.
2008-05-01, 05:07:12
anonymous from Sweden  
'Ekaterina Domracheva' again. Says living in Novyy Tor''yal. Phonenumber: 007-236-55329
E-mail: devochkagirl@yahoo.com
Called me from number 0012126600059. I beleive that the girl at the photo has nothing to do with the scammers. Probably she has sent her pictures to the scammer who is now using them to scam with.
I didn't find her anywhere. She sent me a photo to my yahoo-address.
Please, tell me if you know something about the girl at the photo!
This image was also posted here:
Is this Russian girl scamming me? How to recognize scammers



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2008-05-01, 05:18:44
anonymous from Sweden  
This mail is a guy trying to scam people calling himself irina = gdevochka@yahoo.com
from kirov in russia. one of the letters:

I have overlooked to tell where I live!Actually I live in Russia!! When I did the questionnaire on a site of acquaintances I could not put the Russian postal index! Therefore I had to tell that I live in America!I am not guilty that the site did not accept my postal index!I live approximately in 850 kilometers from Moscow!I Live in Mary El !My settlement borders on the Kirov area! You heard about the city of Kirov??I live settlement Ioshkar Ola ! I send you a map of the republic thatyou knew where I live!!My settlement not so big! It is very interesting to me where you live!Please tell to me a little about the city!I work as the pediatrist in the settlement! I very much like my work! Unfortunately many children are sick! I am glad that I can to help them!
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer irina



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2008-05-01, 06:32:47
Dirk from Heerlen, Netherlands  
2008-05-02, 03:13:41
999MoreEvil from Australia  
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tools to help bust scammers and Examples of scammers busted

Ip tracer with map http://www.ipligence.com/ free ip search green button on right of page

world time showing sun coverage http://www.worldtim..time.html

huge scammer database but poor search http://www.stop-scammers.com/ requires one scammer post for 12 month membership

scammer busted using google earth Name Shushik operates on RBrides

traced ip 66.36.242.57 location to Washington District of Columbia United States
claimed location Gymri, Armenia email shushaarm@gmail.com

Note Ring on Finger Questioned about same claimed from previous engagement !!
cheers more to follow if you find this useful : )



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2008-05-02, 03:22:04   (updated: 2008-05-02, 03:27:11)
999MoreEvil from Australia  
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Another scammer Busted using google earth
traced ip address 194.107.122.195 location Vienna Austria email livertity@gmail.com
claimed location Izhevsk, Russia
Name Tanya Operates on RBrides These scammers have been Messengered !! : ))


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