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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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2007-03-21, 10:05:38
guardian from Belgium  
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Here is another one.
Asked to send me a picture back holding mine but she couldn't she says hahahaha how stupid they think we are
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2007-03-21, 11:47:40
anonymous from Belize  
i have been writing to this chica.....she goes by the name of OLESJA BELOWA.....her email address is (redapple592@yahoo.com)....we were building a very good communication relationship....but she simply stop......i wish we continue...now that i know her intentions and true color......watch out....for this pretty angel....

I saw several of her photos above.........with different names....
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2007-03-22, 08:37:26
anonymous from United States  
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Her Name was Maria, she was from Ulyanovsk City Russia. We met on a Singlesnet.com. Her profile was the same city as mine so I sent her a flirt. She replied. We traded e-mails and began communicating. She came clean about being from russia and told me that the service that she used would not allow Russia as her home country. So she use the US and some how picked a state and city in the midwest. I noticed that her sentance structure was poor, but I have friends from different contries and know that learing how English flows is difficult. So, I over looked that, UNTIL the return e-mails never would answer any questions I sent. Some times it was the following message that would then ask me to answer the same qustions again. She never asked for money

So, here are her pictures.


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2007-03-22, 10:16:09   (updated: 2007-03-22, 10:19:57)
anonymous from Belize  
OK....here is another one....OLGA DOROVSKIH.....we met on singlesnet.com....since then we ahev exchange several emails....and i know what she was up to....so i played the game with her ...she send several sexy photos....of course i thank her for that...and they all have the same Modus Operandi (M.O.)....she is not yet aware that i know her intentions...but i want some more photos....they have the time to waste....and now she asking for money....poor thing....check this out......after having make her believe that i'm into her....she is now begging......this is what she send....

I am happy to hear that you want to send me money.
You can send money through Western Union:
INKREDBANK
MEDIKOV PROSPEKT, 10 LITERA YA
ST.PETERSBURG , 197376, RUSSIA.
or
KRASBANK
SOFIISKAYA, 8
ST.PETERSBURG , 192236, RUSSIA.
It is not far from the place I work. I need only $194.
My full name is Olga Dorovskih.
You can receive the information how to send money from a
site - www.westernunion.com.
my address:
P.O. Box 37,
St.Petersburg, 194064, Russia.
Olga.

So...those who have received emails from this deceiving baby....hey....if have the money...i advice you to help those in need...send the money to the CHILDREN FUNDS and make some sad, happy....you'll be blessed....

but not to these people....her emails are (xwedasru@yahoo.com or wuinuvas@yahoo.com)


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2007-03-22, 17:35:12
anonymous from Chicago in Illinois, United States  
well, thanks to all of you for let as know about your love stories, i have my own story, she already ask my for the money, just $400 and she is going to ask her friends for the rest (about 200 or 300), she always answer my questions, and she attempt to call me once but the signal was very bad.
2007-03-22, 21:03:46
[hidden] from United States  
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Very usefull, check this out first, do not send any money.
2007-03-24, 14:54:42
anonymous from United States  
You can tell there is a problem just form the pictures. Just let them send you alot of pictures ask for many pictures. Then when you look at the pictures just see if you can recognize anything at all. If they all look generic than they could be (A) Pictures from a magazine. or (B) pictures that have obscured any observable landmarks or place where some person may actually try to catch up with them. Just remember some guy is actually taking the pictures and he is usually so arrogant that he leaves you clue's. Like a wedding ring in a picture in a mirror. Look for pictures removed from the wall of a bedroom. If you see a dresser with no pictures on it like most people have than thats a clue also. Remember they laugh every time you send them an email. Life in Russia isnt all that bad these days also. Sure some places suck but woman that look like that are generally catered to by any wide variety of suckers....
2007-03-25, 21:47:23
peter.mason@yahoo.com from United Kingdom  
swily77@yahoo.com, she goes by smila73@yahoo.com is using this email address 26/03/07 r_o_m_a_s_h_k_a_2006@yahoo.ca


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2007-03-28, 16:16:57
anonymous from United States  
This is for the guy in New South Wales, Australia who got a letter from Marina.

I received the very same letter from Marina with exactly the same picture. I am going to continue the dialogue as much as i can to see if it ends up with a request for money. I would never send money to anyone but my own family, but I am still curious, because she is HOT!!
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2007-03-28, 17:05:32
anonymous from Canada  
Anyone know this girl. Tatyana Ponomareva from Sovetck


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2007-03-28, 20:13:06
anonymous from Canada  
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For those of you who want to find out more about Tatiana Tarasova who was mentioned on this webpage, go here:
http://www.delphifa..508.shtml

There are emails posted along with photographs of her that weren't posted before.
2007-03-30, 04:14:18
anonymous from Warnervale in New South Wales, Australia  
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Hey Marina fan,

So I was right lol, well enjoy, she is hot, after a lot of thought I am doing the same thing. At the end let me know how many pics you got and I will also lol.... Have fun mate.
2007-03-30, 06:18:47
anonymous from United States  
They just don't give up do they !!!

Hello.
I do not understand you, you want our meeting, you will help me?


> Oh Nata ...
> I was so happy to hear from you again. As you know a I had a
> death in my family. I have been very sick the past few weeks. I am
> only now feeling well enough to come to work. I hardy remember what
> a lovely women you are, you no longer even attach those lovey
> pictures of yourself ....
> Write me when you have a chance.
> -Will

> my_mail@duseka.com wrote:

> Hi Will!
> Where you? You any more do not want to see me?
2007-03-30, 08:30:02
LLJCool  
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Also receive those kind of e-mails. Well welcome to society of the scammers prospect. :D they can't fool me cause I'm already a fool! bwahahaha... But I felt sorry for those girls who have been used to attract their victim. I know those lovely women posted here were only used by those scammers.
2007-03-30, 09:44:22
anonymous from Belize  
Hello...guys....i got an update on one of my friends....OLGA DOROVSKIH.....i received several emails from her....since my last entry into this site.....i have posted some of them....it seems that she has been informed of something....and she changed her email address....and checked this out......

E-MAILS THAT I RECEIVED......
(1)
My darling M,
I even don’t know what to start with.
Don’t want to start this conversation but I have to any
way. You know I would always try to understand you and this
is what I ask you for too. Please, listen to me and try to
understand me. It is very important not only for me but for
both of us.
Nobody wants to do charity now, especially Embassies.
If I don’t pay for visa in some days, we will loose
the time and the chance. The paperwork will be done very
quickly because I have already been to Canada once. You know
how I want to be with you. I think and I want to believe that
you want it too.
I need your help very much. I am useless without it. Please,
don’t make me miss the chance.
I have to pay for visa and you know I can’t afford it myself.
You already know me very well and you know my position.
I would do my best just to get it. And I feel shame asking
you for this.
But you know yourself, nobody will do anything for you if you
can’t pay...
Nobody knows my password from email! I of a shaft it also
shall not give nobody.
I am able to get visa for 1 week. It will be very fast!!!
And it will be valid 3 months.
I would arrive to your place as soon as I get visa!!!
Or we can do it in the way which is more convenient for you,
in current of 3 months while the visa will operate. I also can
prolong it, after the termination of term of the visa.
But you should understand that I ask you for money as I have a
very good chance now to get visa without any problems. In other
case I willl be not able to get it for long time. And we will
not meet with you then.
I should pay it within next few days. Because I have already collected
all documents on reception of visa. It needs to be paid only! And all - to
me will give visa. As understand that - 194 is cost of all documents - visa,
passport, insurance and many other documents.
You can send money to any bank in my city(St.-Petersburg). The main thing
I should know is MTCN ( digital number ). We should hurry up with
this. As it is necessary to start the process as soon as possible.
I will do all I can and in a best way. Now everything depends on you.
You can receive the information how to send money from a
site - www.westernunion.com.
I hope very much for your understanding and for your help.
You are the only one I can rely on.
Please, think about it and write me as soon as possible
while we still have the time.
I am waiting for your reply.
Love you very much and need you badly.
Truly yours,
Olga.
P.S. Yesterday I went to church with Lera. I prayed. I prayed,
that God has made our meeting, that God has allowed me to see you,
that you have believed to me and have sent money for the visa.
Believe me, I shall never deceive you! I prayed. I swear before God,
that I never shall deceive you. I have made a photo there. I have
written on a leaf of a paper, that I love you! And I am real!
I have written it myself because had no with itself the handle.
I hope, you trust me, what I am real? It is photo it has turned
out bad quality. Because camera at Lera has broken, when I have
made this photo. I hope, you can see an inscription on a leaf.

(2)

Hi sunshine M!!!
I changed my e-mail. My e-mail addresses were attacked by viruses
from address daryana84(Irina Paskaeva). So I deleted my addresses.
Therefore if you got any letters from that name block that.
Please urgently block this address daryana84(Irina Paskaeva) and
do not answer there or your computer would also get viruses from
there. They could also write letters to you from my address with
request to write to their address daryana84(Irina Paskaeva).
I have saved by anti-virus program which works on my computer in
Internet Cafe. This program has found out breaking my computer
in time. Internet Cafe manager said that there are so many such
people in internet and they brings so many problems to simple users
as we are. It is very pity to me that such people are in net.
Write to my new address Olga_Dor@Yahoo.com. Or to my old
russian address olga_dor@front.ru.
These addresses are protected and they does not have any viruses.
Now I shall send you last 2 my letters. Which I sent you.
I shall copy it from a folder sent on my last address.
Please answer on these 2 letters.
Answer quickly that I knew, that you have received this letter.
Also send me yours last letter because I thinking it could steal.
Olga.

mailto:
Olga_Dor@Yahoo.com
or
olga_dor@front.ru
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