| IN THE NEWS: American MAN sentenced to 5 years in jail for "Russian
thought those "Russian brides" were canny and stealing money from nice
western guys? NO,
scammers are mostly MEN pretending to be Russian
women seeking love! And this scam was run FROM THE U.S.A.
In his guilty
plea 40-year-old Robert McCoy from San Diego, California, admitted
defrauding more than 250 men and agreed to pay back his victims
whopping US$737,521. Investigators
say there could be more victims that have not been identified. The
fraud utilized the infamous "visa and airfare" scheme: McCoy and his
wife Anna were posing as Russian women seeking marriage and a
non-existing Russian marriage agency that would provide women with
visas and tickets. (Click
here for earlier reports on this scam.)
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This is the first Russian
List (since 1999).
The structure of the Black
List is as following:
All old stories (more than a
few months old) are compiled together as alphabetical
archive, and now include photos of women-scammers and links to
related articles. New additions/updates are added separately, and are
accessible from this page.
If you are looking for a
particular person/agency, check similar names (may be different
variations or spellings). Some scams are running under dozens of
And thank you for your
updates were added January 11,
Next updates will be published around May 31, 2013.
|DISCLAIMER: This page is compiled from visitors' comments
only. All messages posted tell about personal experiences of their
authors, and not necessarily reflect the position of Russian Brides
My Trip to St.
Petersburg to a Girl I Met Online - What REAL Russian
girls are like?
By Matt (USA): "I agree wholeheartedly with people who
have written here about Russia and how safe it is, the friendliness of
the people, the warmth, etc. The time we spent together was magical... Russian women are SMART, WARM, CARING,
and most of all, desirous of being wanted, loved by, and cared for by a
man who isn't playing games with them."
Russia and Real Russian Women - By Colin (USA): "Russia has more millionaires and billionaires
per capita than any other country in the world. Their education system
is perhaps the best in the world. The Russian health system is superior
in almost all categories. [Russian women] are so much more fine than
Western women; you would need a book to describe that fineness.
Astounding. Beyond all belief -- exceptionally wonderful..."
Themselves in Eastern Europe - By
James (USA): "Since the women in E. Europe and Russia are
intelligent, socially savvy and above average, shouldn't they be free
to feel the automatic emotion of attraction that runs through all of
us? Shouldn't these girls have the freedom to decide for themselves who
they will and will not sleep with?"
- She Would Marry Me Only If I Moved To St.
Petersburg - By Robert (USA): " I also have been to
Saint Petersburg twice. I met a woman who I can tell you for once in my
life it was love at first sight... Contrary
just want to leave Russia and will marry
anyone to do so, she would marry me only if I moved to Saint
|Angels in Russia
There are probably a few hundreds of Russian dating
scammers on today's Internet - but there are also thousands of real
Russian women with usual women's dreams of love, marriage and family:
A true-life Story of Dan
and Val, who met over the Internet and fell in love: "I subscribed
to an internet dating service a couple years ago, expecting to only
communicate with American women. I did that, met a few, had a
girlfriend from Germany for about a year, but I also received a couple
interests from Russian women (which turned out to be scams). They
intrigued me enough to make me wonder if I should look outside our
country, Russia in particular..."
Internet dating scammers arrested in Russia
In May 2001 Terry, an
Australian man scammed by a gang of Internet con-artists, sent his
story to Russian Bride Cyber Guide's Black List. We published
his report. But Terry not only sent a warning to others. He
continued tracking down the criminals. He even sent a letter to
President Putin requesting his help in investigation. The final of the
story was dramatic and hit pages of newspapers all over the world. Now
radio and TV-stations are eager to talk to Terry but he is not keen to
give interviews. But guess what? We have some exclusive comments
directly from him! Click
10 simple anti-scam tips from a Russian woman
- By Maria Koshkarova
A short while ago I
found the black list, shown here. No need saying that scammers can
reach pretty much anybody, who is looking for a life partner online.
However I noticed (after reading the letters shown in the list) that
there are certain things, you can notice before the scammer reaches
your bank account. Why do I write this? Because I am also one of you
(more or less), somebody who is looking for a life partner and decided
to give it a try online. I am a Russian woman of 23 y.o. and I think, I
know what a woman is looking for online if she is not a scammer. So,
here are my tips, I hope, they can help somebody to avoid a problem...
Men, stop breeding Russian
scammers! - By David Timmerman
Men in America get
scammed by women here all the time. My best friend is a lawyer and he tells me about cases where
men sent money to women under false pretences. It's because American
men have the idea they can buy a woman and American women will let you
try. We have created our own flock of scammers right here in America.
Many American men (including myself) will complain that women have
heads like cash registers but they never think that we are the ones
that created this. Women in Russia are more interested in your warm
heart and great personality, not your money. They are not looking for a
meat ticket like American women - but sending them money is changing
Advice from a 27 y/o Russian woman engaged to an American
about scams and scammers
The reason I am here
is that a friend of my husband (let me call him like this), has decided
to marry a Russian woman, thinking they all should be as nice as me. My
husband is 34 while I am 27, while this friend in America is 48 and
also wants a young woman. He got some ads of Russian women, and I
could tell pretty easy it was all scam. Can I share my opinion with
you, speaking from a point of view of a Russian woman...
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What to do if you have been scammed:
1. Apply to your local
state or federal enforcement agency and request to prosecute the
criminals that stole your money. (It is the nearest police station where you would report a
house burglary, for example.)
2. Report it to the
Internet Crime Complaint Center of FBI at http://www.ic3.gov/
3. Send a complaint to
your country's Embassy in the country where the scammer resides
country - for example, if you live in USA and
the scammer resides in Russia, you should send your complaint to the
USA Embassy in Russia and Russian Embassy in the USA.
Send it via registered
mail, and include with your report:
- Name and surname of the
scammer (the person on whose name the money was sent, even
if it is different from the name of the person your were corresponding
- Details of the scam - a
complete story including dates, names of the persons and websites,
printed copies of letters, copies of Western Union receipts etc.
- Request to hand your
complaint to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the country where the
scammer resides (where you have sent the money to) and
request to prosecute the scammer and recover your money.
- Your name, address, email
address and phone number.
- Print the complaint,
number the pages and initial every page, sign the last page.
- Include a copy of your
ID/passport (page with your name and photo).
Click here for an example
Such a complaint will be
considered as an official statement, and can be used by
authorities to initiate a criminal investigation, and, possibly,
recover your money.
Without official complaints authorities are not able
4. Inform the website
where you have found this
person (or where s/he has found you), giving them all details of the
scam and asking to remove the scammer from their pages. Request
5. Inform the service
provider where the scammer's
email account has been registered, and ask them to disable this
address. Request response.
Use aliases POSTMASTER and
ABUSE; so if the address was firstname.lastname@example.org
report it to email@example.com
and firstname.lastname@example.org. Forward
them the letter with money request and the story of how you have been
scammed. (Sometimes aliases POSTMASTER and ABUSE can be disabled
and in the return letter you will be given a different email address or
a link to the website to file your complaint. You can also check the
website of the email provider to find a link to report abuse: i.e.
check the website www.somename.ru
and look for the link "Report abuse" or "Report spam".)
6. If you have sent money
to a scammer via Western Union,
report it to Western
Union fraud department and customer support department. Request
7. If your scammer is
from RUSSIA or UKRAINE, send information to Russian Police (only if you have sent money to
8. Send a report to the
See how to compile your report
Your responsible position helps protect others!
do anything else except publishing
reports that we receive from our visitors. If you want criminals to
be prosecuted, please apply to authorities and lay charges. DO IT.
I am in contact with
scammers; how do I catch them?
If you have
detected that you are in contact with a scammer (found the
same letters or photos in the Black List updates
or Black List archive, have been
asked for money for any reason by a person you met online, etc),
this is what you should do:
let them know you are onto them.
Keep corresponding and make sure you get the money request, and the
exact NAME of the person to send the money to. This is the only real
thing in the whole scam - photos, letters, stories and
feelings are all fake. Keep them busy; they only have so much
time on their hands. Play along; they often don't even read the letters
until they ask you for money. When they ask for money, send them to the
bank a few times - give them an imaginary money transfer number
(Western Union has 10-digit numbers; MoneyGram - 8-digit numbers).
Waste their time as they have wasted yours. Have fun.
Send us your account, the current photos and
letters they use.
This will help other potential victims to avoid being scammed. You can
add-on to your report later. Make sure you compile your report exactly
according to our requirements, so it can be published quickly.
as you have been asked for money, send a warning to Western Union
and Money Gram that this person is a fraud.
This will prevent criminals from receiving money from other victims.
to catch the criminals in the action
(when they receive the money transfer). This is because the money
transfer can be picked up at any location within the country or even in
another country, i.e. it's impossible to define where exactly the
criminals will show up to pick up the money. We at Black List are
just an informational service - we do not catch criminals. Report
the crime to http://www.fbi.gov/cyberinvest/cyberhome.htm.
investigation, they will contact you.
scammer is from RUSSIA or UKRAINE, send information to Russian Police (only if you have sent money to
How to add a comment to this page
the following guidance and follow the instructions:
ONLY send the story of how YOU have been scammed.
only suspect you are being scammed, click
your story in the following order:
(scammer's name/city/country) = "Subject" line for your email message.
few words about yourself (for example, "I am a single father of 2,
white American, 45 years old, self-employed") - OPTIONAL
website the contact originated from, for how long it was going, what it was
the money request was handled, on whose name the money was sent (or requested), how much, how
- What was
the final of the story (if you informed the website, what did they do).
and letters of the scammer (preferably the initial letter and the
letter with money request, and 2-3 most clear photos).
- Your name
- sign your story.
along with the story), add under
the signature - OPTIONAL
- The complaint should be compiled
as ONE MESSAGE, please copy and paste the text of the letters in
PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE ABOVE,
OR YOUR STORY WILL
NOT BE ACCEPTED.
editing your stories. I receive about 200 emails
a day without scam reports. (Most of my time I successfully help
single Russian women and western men to find each other; this Black
List is just my volunteer input to the community. Click
me) So please put all the facts
together, clear and straight to the point - so anyone of any
intellectual level would understand what happened. Emotions are fine
but do not let them overwhelm the facts.
your story to (you need to re-type
report as an email message to the address above. Attach 3-4 most clear
photos of the alleged scammer.
Where and whom can I ask scam related questions?
related question, or find out about an agency or
a girl you can do it in one of the following ways:
#1 (Long and tedious):
Read the Black List
and see if your question has already been answered.
than 500 pages of information. Browse
and read. Check if your situation is the same. Check all the names,
addresses and odd phrases from the letters you receive (especially
personal names, mispronunciations etc). Copy and paste and put in
quotation marks phrases up to 10 words, and see if someone has used the
same phrases in letters before. Click here to search
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