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2007-02-03 04:22:17 - Andrew
I am Andrew, divorced father of one living in UK and approached by "Tatyana" on In my case it was also Tatyana, later identified herself as 29, and living with her parents in Tombov, and she also contacted me through She provided the following information for the purpose of receiving the money I was to send: -
my information: My first name is Tatyana
My last name is Zykova
Russia,city Tombov
Lenina street 47.apt 80
Too bad these websites take NO RESPONSIBILITY for protecting their customers as they failed to reply when I asked them whether this person has a questionable profile.

2007-02-02 07:47:02 - Tero
Tatyana replied to my message on DATELINE.CO.UK. When I asked first her family name and on other occasion her address, she did not answer those questions. On her profile her hometown was "Finchley" although she is Russian. We have been corresponding for a few weeks and I am checking her out whether she is who she says she is. I am writing to you about this person as a warning that she may be an attempting scammer. She has told me she is afraid to meet Russian men and she even has attempted to take her own life. Here,too, I contacted the customer service of the DATELINE.CO.UK about this person but, again, no reply.

2007-02-02 06:17:03 - Larry
I am a single, 50 year old man in the Los Angeles area. I have my profile on several dating sites, but this individual contacted me through with her picture and personal e-mail address: When I clicked on the link to view her profile, it was already deleted. She told me she was 36, soon to be 37, and was coming to Los Angeles on June 30th through an agency which arranged for her work visa. She said she was a music teacher and was going to interview with five families in the L.A. area for a job as a live-in nanny and piano teacher. We corresponded about a dozen times by e-mail, and on two occasions, I spoke to her, allegedly, at her grandmother's house in Brest. The country and city codes were at least correct: 375 for Belarus and 29 for Brest. But from the very beginning, I was somewhat skeptical, thinking this woman would simply use me to obtain citizenship, but apparently, there was never any intention on her part to come to the United States. Last week I received a very lengthy story about an auto accident, how it was her fault, how she had only $500 dollars and needed $800 more, and how none of her friends were able to help her. She said that if she didn't immediately pay, the other driver would take her to court and delay her coming to L.A. I suspected a scam and responded back that I didn't believe her, and that even if she were telling the truth, it was extremely inappropriate for her to ask me for that much money when we had not even met. Not surprisingly, I have not had any response to my last e-mail.

2007-02-02 05:47:27 -
After recieving what seemed like a genuine e-mail from Russian woman 'Ariana', I believed it, I'm afraid to say. I foolishly sent my mobile number, and later in the day received a text msg from some kind of sex line. I was bit taken aback, as I thought I must have been tricked. But then I received another, what seemed like nice msg from 'Ariana' and thought she seemed genuine, and that the text was some kind of coincidence, that some phone line must have stolen my mobile number some how.
So, just today, after 4-5 msgs to 'Ariana' I realise I've been had. This a cruel kind of crime, as someone out there is trying to get money by manipulating romantic fools like myself, who should know better than trust an e-mail, and pretty photograph.

2007-02-02 04:20:02 - Jamie
Letter 1

Dear, I feel itself it is a little inconvenient. Because I had to address to you for the help. I always counted myself the independent person, which itself can solve all problems. But, this time, I could not all to take into account and was mistaken that I can pay all travel itself . When I travelled earlier, it costed for me less. But I it is happy, what now I have you Jamie, - the person, which can come to me to the aid and
help me in a life. After ours acquaintances, at me varies sensations of. Earlier I counted myself the strong and independent person, and it was pleasant for me to feel, that I can care of myself. And now I feel simply the woman who requires support. But it is pleasant for me, to feel beside strong the man which protects me from all excitements of a life! Jamie, I informed a place of arrival to you to the agent and he expected the staying charges for me. It will be for me 900$. Here tickets, insurance, road up to the airport and some other necessary charges. With me have still remained money, after payment of
the first parts of cost. It near 400$, and now is necessary for me, in 2-3 days near 500$ to pay in agency the second part of cost travel. I hope dear, that this money not difficulty for you and you can help to pay to me, in 2-3 days, 500$ in agency . My dear you can send money through the Money Gram, She works for me familiar in this organization to me has told, that it is the reliable organization on remittance.
The address, my name and surname is necessary for sending money by him:
My address:
The country Russia 425350
Republic Mari El
The city of Kozmodemjansk
Surname Volkova
Name Valentina
Lovely, I hope, that I did not make to you difficulty by the haste. Probably it is not planned expenditure for you. If it so, not become angry about me please! I very much miss on you and I wait for ours meetings. I wait for your messages Jamie! Thousand kisses.

Yours Valentina

2007-02-02 04:19:21 - Jamie

My name is Jamie, I am 42 and have tried this internet dating thing for a while now. I started using a service called "" a few months ago and contacted about 20 women. About 8 of them replied and I started to correspond with them. Well 7 of them ended out asking for money and followed the typical scam routine and the jury is still out on the 8th. I would suggest avoiding this service.

2007-02-02 03:03:10 - Jean-Pierre
Her first letter

Objet: Hello My Dear Friend
Date: 01 octobre 2006 12:55:42 GMT-04:00

Hello Dear Friend! Do not think that it is dust and do not hasten to
press a magic key "DELETE"! The first, that I want to tell that it not
dispatch, I have found your address on dating a site and I do not
search from first day for any serious relations! Probably I am
mistaken, but that I want to find the first, it is friends on the
Internet! And if, we shall find any sympathy each other, big than
friendship and we shall be compatible, I think more serious relations
are quite real also! Yes, yes, yes now it is a little about me..... I
NOT the lonely girl, at me was a lot of friends, BUT I do not have
friends to men. To me 28 years and I am single woman! My name Natasha!
My height 173 cm and my weight 53 kg! if you want to see my pictures ,
then you must go this link:

Now my CONDITIONS: - If to you from 30-50 years old If to you also it is lonely as me or it is not lonely, and you search for the girlfriend!

Only do not think that it is the next silly joke.... Probably it is
chance!!!! And the everything else, we find out closer each other by
the following letter!!! Yours faithfully Natasha

PS: my photos here :

2007-02-02 03:02:35 - Jean-Pierre
I am a self-employed canadian citizen of 58 years old, living in Montreal, Canada. She first contacts you, then it moves pretty fast, asking first for friendship to declaring her love in her sixth letter and asking for help in transfer of money. She is just to fast.

Your reference: Mariya Ivanova (Orlov, Russia)
Her new name: Natasha Natalia
Address: Unknown (Yaransk, Russia)
Her personal email:
Her personal web page:

As you will see from her pictures, she is the same person using different names and addresses.

Thank you for the scammer informations on your site, it just confirmed what I was already suspecting.


2007-02-01 10:05:20 - Rick
*My first tip that something was wrong was when I returned to FriendFinder several weeks into our discussions, and found this message in my mailbox.

System notice: The body of this message has been removed as this member appears to have been abusing our terms of service. By blocking this member's message, we reduce the incentive for future abuse and thereby provide a better overall experience for our members - we apologize for any inconvenience

*I was disturbed by this, so I contacted's system guys to see what was going on.

Friendfinder's Response:

Dear Member,

Thank you for your email.

The email you received was to inform you that we noticed an outgoing email from a member that was in non-compliance with our terms of usage. Basically this member is trying to have you send money, and swindle you out of cash thanks for reporting this member the account has been removed and marked as fraud. We take very serious our obligation to our members and created a terms of usage to help ensure a better experience for our members.

Friendfinder, Inc. has a stringent policy in regards to email abuse such as spam, as well as other types of abusive and/or fraudulent behavior.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our abuse team at

Thank you,

Abuse Support

*Now, here is the whole email correspondence sent, including the fallout when I confronted her about the revelation that she was a scammer. Fortunately, I was not bilked of any money, but just time and heartache.

2007-02-01 10:05:03 - Rick
I received an unsolicited email in my account. I am single, 33 years old, Caucasian Canadian, employed. It was from userid "eluvs". Fortunately, I did not have enough money at the time, and a few things just seemed a bit off with the corespondence. When I viewed your site, I was saddened to see how common this scam is, but because of other people's great postings, managed to find out that this "person" has done this before. Below is the correspondence between us.

Note: She really seems genuine and nice, but is full of it.

FriendFinder Email:

I even don?t know what to start with as it is the first time I ever do this. I am sure that others would write many good things about themselves. I am not going to do this. The time will show who I am and you will get a good idea if we start and continue our correspondence. I just want to tell you that I really liked what I have seen and read about you. I think you are just an amazing person. And I wish you could give me a chance to get to know you better. Perhaps, I should tell you some words about myself. I am 28 years old. I have a higher education but do not work on my specialty. I have really many interests. I am fond of reading ( most of all I like Russian classical Literature ). Music ? it usually depends on my mood, but listen to everything from pop to classical music. And there are really many other things which interest me but I will tell you about it in my next letters if you want me to. Unfortunately, I can?t tell you anything about my family. And I am very sorry to say that my parents dies in a car accident. I don?t like to talk about this. Perhaps, one day? when we luckily become close people. And my biggest dream is to have my own family, to feel complete. My husband will always be on the first place for me and I will do my best to make him the happiest in the world. I will give him all my care, my love and tenderness. You know, I am a very family oriented person. I like to have a cosy home, I am very good at cooking, I like to spend evening at home and just enjoy the company of my beloved people. Also I would like us to go to
many different places and to share impressions. I don?t want to be lonely any more. And perhaps, you are also tired from loneliness. So we can try to get to know each other and see if we could be those two halves in one whole. Feel free to ask me any questions you have. I will answer them with pleasure.
I am looking forward to your reply.
Have a good day!!!!!

2007-02-01 08:19:19 - Randy
Letter 3

My dear Randy,
I today to carry out all day at reception of my visa. Today very big day was. I had much time to make.
When I have come in embassy, it was necessary for me to write first of all The application. Lady in embassy very polite. She helped me With my documents. At embassy there is a commission. It is necessary for me There were to pass examinations on a medical board. In other words I very much to get tired today. I shall sleep today very well!!!! I so am glad to read your letter today. Randy, you should
To ask the god that at me all was good. Support is necessary for me. I dream to arrive to you more soon and to take with you happy life! Tomorrow again it is necessary for me to go in embassy. I have absolutely overlooked to speak, That lady in embassy has told me, that tickets are as soon as possible necessary for me Aboard the plane up to USA. It is necessary for me to buy at once two tickets. This obligatory Condition to receive the visa. I was surprised when to me have told, that I should To have 2 tickets. To me have explained, that in embassy should be sure, That I financially steady citizen also that I shall be capable to go back To Russia. You understand? For this reason I should satisfy this condition and buy 2 tickets. I should explain you, that one ticket should be to USA, and other ticket back To Russia. The matter is that the embassy should be confidently that I may I shall come back-back to Russia. You understand? It rules are very complex and I should submit to this. We should take all things if we want to be together. You It agree with me? You see will help me my Randy. We together should embody our dream in a reality. Tomorrow I want The ambassador the trouble to go in the airport. I shall go in airport "Sheremetyevo". It is most close located to me. I shall consider cost Tickets. Randy, I shall hope, that we shall take all things with tickets Soon, that my visa was ready more soon. I want to thank you for care About me. I very much estimate it. I understand, that you worry about me. Please only do not worry. If I shall be To take all things it is fast, I shall not have need in money for residing.
My sweet dreams always about love. I see in dream of you. You to me always You speak by warm words. My dreams more strengthen my desire to arrive to you!!! I LOVE YOU!!! I so would like to place all my love in my letter To you. Love - it the most magnificent feeling which is present in our life. We are capable of much when we like. You agree with me, my Randy? Randy, I now again shall go to hotel and I shall write to you tomorrow.
I wait your letter! Only yours,Anastasiya.

2007-02-01 08:19:01 - Randy
Letter 2

Hello my dear Randy!
How are you doing? Well! I am glad to see your letter today and it to like me well as never earlier. I love you my dear Randy, and I am not afraid to speak these remarkable words. You my second half and you
are necessary for me so. Yesterday I to make the big way and it was valid not easily for me. Only my ideas about you and about our meeting to allow me so it is many forces and energy to search a way for our meeting. I have many news to you, and I hope, that it will be very interesting for learning to you about it. There are some good news and the some people not so good. I shall begin with good news.
When I have arrived to Moscow early in the morning, I should, enter into embassy of the USA in Moscow. For me it was necessary to write many applications and me to lead a lot of time with this purpose. Lady in embassy to help me with it and spoke me that very difficultly for me to enter into the USA, as I the lonely girl. For me there was a lot of a new information also. Also after terrorists of attacks to the USA on September, 11th 2001 rules of visiting of the USA became more rigid. I to speak very much from that lady and it has told to me, that I can receive the visa of the tourist, and these are so-called B-2 visas. I can visit you as the tourist and is glad, that there is a way however for our meeting my dear Randy! In total I shall demand the passport, medical survey also I should show the information concerning the marital status. My dear Randy I hope, that you understand, that all this costs not a few money. I would like to inform you on charges for my documents to arrive to you. The visa will cost 200 dollars, and it includes also various taxes. Will have necessary also the passport, and it will cost 100 US dollars, medical survey is necessary for me, and it will be required around of 90 dollars. Also I should be filled in questionnaires, and registration costs 80 US dollars. As you already you see, it is necessary to take a lot of prophetic to enter into the USA. I expected it. I also thought, that it will not be simple to visit the USA.But I should tell, that the meeting is more important. I am ready to take all things to arrive to the USA. My favourite, I should speak you, that I while cannot precisely tell as, shall be soon ready my documents, that I could arrive to the USA. It will demand possibly approximately before I can receive my visa and the passport for 2-4 weeks. We should take these measures anyway, and i really require your help Randy. Mine Randy, now allow me to sum up my charges on our meeting.

2007-02-01 08:17:34 - Randy
Hi there i am a 36 y.o. male that has gotten scammed by this person or whomever posing to be this person. I have originally met Anastasiya on a website named, then we continued writing for about a month and a half until i finially discovered it was a scam. Her E-mail address was do not write to this girl she is a scam. She wrote letters constantly up until the day she was supposed to arrive. the day she was to fly in she wrote that she could not get through customsbecuase of her jewelry and that she needed money to pay for the fine she was given for trying to take these jewels acrossed borders. then proceeded to say that she cashed in tickets and that she was not coming. Very complete and detailed about everything...

Letter 1

In the beginning of the letter to you I want to the name. My name Anastasia . I am sure, that you did not expect to receive the letter from me. I live in the city of Orenburg, it is Russia, my city fine and I love it. I want to tell to you about my purposes in a life a little and about me. I the educated and cheerful woman. It will be very good, if you look at my picture. In my opinion so it will be better to consider my appearance. I have some pictures, and I shall be, is pleased, to send you my pictures, That you could see me better. My e-mail it: vinogradovanas(at)rambler(dot)ru. I always dreamed to find my love. I search for whom - what is interested in division of friendship, the novel, and love in monogamous attitudes. You should be capable to express yourselves orally, emotionally, sensually and to have downwards to terrestrial expectations. I search for the man who understands, that attitudes of love only work, when two persons are capable to give and receive openly when two persons are capable to express their internal the majority of feelings, desires, and requires to each other when two persons with love try to meet each needs of others what they can ever be when two persons divide a cargo and duties of a daily life when two shares of people and support each other through successes of a life and refusals. Communication - a key to valid to knowledge of whom - that is deep and deep. The respect to each other also is important. I believe, that when two persons try to do by each other favourite feeling and respected every day, that their love to each other can help to overcome him any obstacle which their way arrives. I like to work, I like to have a fair life. I dream to create family and to care of my husband. I want, which loved me and also cared. I love tenderness and kindness in the person. Also I love the decent and fair person. I still young and I want to think of my family. I want to create healthy and strong family in a plenty of good statuses for a life! I shall wait and hope, that you will not ignore my letter. Thanks! Sincerely yours, Anastasia.
P. S. I have search to you which you have written to me on this address of e-mail: vinogradovanas(at)rambler(dot)ru. l And it would be more convenient for me because I cannot pay completely my membership in this site. I with impatience shall wait your answer!!!

2007-01-31 12:34:58 -
Hi I am a 36 old divorced male who almost got conned by Irina. She also has a profile on Profile#3470. The first initial contact was on, she's under Irina1 on that website. She used photo 2 where she's lying on a bed in black jeans to send to me then I found it on while searching for her. I hope this helps anyone else.

2007-01-31 12:32:58 -
My Name is Adam and I live in Florida, USA. I want to alert you of a scammer and I don't mind you using this information to help others. I ran an add on Yahoo personals and was contacted by an Olga from Archangelsk, Russia. I had never been in contact of any kind with a girl from Russia and was taken in for a few minutes by it but believed it to be "too good to be true" from the start. She followed the traditional scam path (as I have now learned about on the net). Sent me photos, several emails, never really answered my questions directly, and mentioned how much a computer costs in the 5th email. I found her photo on an internet blacklist with the following name and Email:,, She is now going by Olga Tregubova and gave the following information: Olga Tregubova, 20-05 Abramova str., Arkhangelsk, Russia 163015. email: She rarely ever answered any direct questions. I lost her first and maybe second e-mail when my computer crashed.

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