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I know that many scams are out there and everyone needs to be very careful! Just never send money. But.........I met and married a beautiful Russian lady that is more than I could have ever dreamed of. I went to Vladivostok last October after emailing and talking on the telephone for several months.  She came here on 12/23/01 and we were married on 2/27/02. She is  intelligent, hard working, sexy, gorgeous and we are very happy together. 

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Rita Falikova (Kherson, Ukraine)

I was contacted by this lady who is probably not real... RITA from Kherson Ukriane.

Within 4 weeks she asked for money for her injured mother. This is definately a scam. I had dated a Ukrainian for a year and played along with this one. I pretended to send money via wetsern Union...Anywoman who looks like this woudl be worth a fortune.. Any knows who she is.. Top model I guess. Michael (England)

Letters:

Hi dear Michael, Sorry that I did not answer so long. There is big grief there. A car hit my ma and now she is in the hospital in the  critical condition. We with my father do not know what do. The Doctor give us a  list that we needed to buy and said that all this needed to  buy immediately. Hospitals in out country poor and there is  nothing there, no even bandages and beds linen. The Doctor  has said that he helps all than can, but he can not to buy it  itself. If we does not buy all that he said in time, he said that ma die, I not know that I then shall do, my ma the most best person in my life. I in such mad condition that I seem that this dream. This can not be. My ma can die on my eyes. We with the father already have spent all money which we had for this. Sold and pawned all that have been able. And we needed near 390US$ more and we do not know from where we can have it. I understand that we with you practically do not know each  other. We faraway from each other in different countries, but I ask you to help me. In the bank I have known that Western Union it is fastest way to send money. They told me that you will be needed my name - Rita, surname - Falikova, my address: Ukraine, town - Kherson(zip73005), street - Kosmonavtov 16, apt.48. I will be only need to give Money Transfer Control Number them. Sorry that I put you in my own problems but there is no anybody from who I can ask help. But I needed money immediately. I not even can promise that I will be able to  return you a money back. Sorry if I has written something not in right order, my  condition in very terrible. Your Rita.

Hi dear. I was been in Western Union and people there told me that  there is no such number (8254476561). Maybe there is error in number? Rita.


Sveta Kalitina (Moscow, Russia)

Hello, My name is Michael i am a single male 41 I live in the United States, California and unfortuanately I was already scammed out of $ 1,120.00 before the person Sveta Kalitina was listed in the Black list. I was very shocked to find the exact letters I received from her. The Pictures however are not same ones I received I am forwarding these so she cannot pull this on someone else I have started the process filing a complaint with the proper authorities and hope it will pay off. I want to thank this site for providing alot of valuable information that unfortuanately came to late for me. Very expensive lesson that learned. Thank You, Michael (USA)

Letters:

Hi my gentle and kind man George. I am glad that you well have considered mine to the request and I have understood now finally that I can on you hope and consider by support in life.I from all heart want to tell you a thank for your trust to me.  If you did not trust me, would not send me money, but you have made it and has  sent me money, I am grateful for it to you and I want to tell you, that I will  be very glad that at me such husband as you. I very strongly love you, I shall  receive your money in bank and I shall be engaged then in all documents which  are necessary for my arrival to you I spoke with Andrey and he has told that  I should go in Moscow for that personally to visit embassy and to submit the application for registration of the visa. Therefore I today am going to go in Moscow. I when was not in Moscow. But I think that I shall cope. I dream of that as we shall meet you. I think that you will show me the city the house and we shall go for a walk with you on city. We shall be to keep for hands and to talk. Evening we shall discuss our plans on the future. And in night we shall be engaged with you love and you will deliver to me pleasure. And I from the party shall love too you and to kiss simply everywhere. I can not today much write because I should go in Moscow. I hope to see you very soon. Your love Sveta.

Hallo my unforgettable love Michael. I want to inform you quite good news to us with you. I have received and has read all your letters. You write me what can not help me by the sum of money which to me is necessary? You speak what can send me 500 $??? I have talked with Andrey and will tell it that at me on the ticket only 500 $, I to tell it(him) that I very much was upset. But it has acted as the present friend and has told me that other money it to me will add, and I then shall send to it them from you, after I shall come to you. My love, I so will be glad that it to me to help in it. I want to ask you, when you can send me these 500 $??? Between ours with you meeting there was one step and we shall overcome it(him) with you, because we like each other. I miss you so much that my patience is on a limit! I'm dreaming of our meeting when sleep! Yesterday I had so wonderful dream as you and I walking at the field full of blossoming camomiles! We pick them together and made the great a bouquet of them. I'm so happy to find you my only love!!! I found that all my thoughts are of you and no more else. I have a nice mood when recalling your pics in my mind. I can't wait for the time of our meeting in reality. that's will be the most wonderful and happiest moment of my life at this world!!! I can notice at me to be always in good mood when thinking of you even if something wrong around. I talked to my mom seriously and she said that I become so adult after founding you by Internet. She is sure that our relations are so real as we khow each other for long time. She said that I become a little mad, for example I can listen someone and answer nothing continuing to smile to my thoughts! My soul singing the song of love in expectation of our meeting. I'm dreaming it so: as I running down the a gangway and begin kissing you as insatiable. The first our night will the most romantic night in my short life!!! We'll walk and speak as much as we can. I'm sure our love will overcome all language barriers!!! We'll kiss as yongest lovers under the calm shining of Moon. The stars will shine only for us!!!! They will smile looking as two people can't find a word to describe such a great feeling arisen between us! You know I'm crying sometimes with tears of love in to my a pillow by nights!!! Is it a love as great Shakespire describe?!!! I believe in this love and do you my love? I feel a little tired now but when I recall you I become strong and hard as steel. Do I make you the same? I give you many kisses for good day for you. I want to see your letter as soon as it is possible. FOREVER loving YOU Russian princess Sveta!

Hi my closest and dear my man Michael!!! I was very glad to receive all your letters. I read them and has understood that you always will love me and I you as. You ask me why I did not write to you last two days. I want to tell you, that I have left from Moscow home. In last letter I have written to you, that I can not receive the ticket and visa, while I to not pay 350 $ for the insurance. This money is necessary to me or I can not receive the ticket and visa. I want to explain to you what for it it is necessary. It is necessary that on that time while I to fly or meal to you, my life was insured, without it me will not let out from my country. After I to arrive to you, you can back at yourselves in the country receive this money back. It is necessary that my life during flight to you was insured. If with me nothing happen, yours 350 $ will return to you. And now I am at home, I have talked to my parents and they we shall be very glad that with you together, they same trust you. I shall wait from you the answer, and I think all this time only of you, because I very strongly love you. About love yours Sveta

Hi my love Michael, I do not know from what to begin to write to you, but at me very bad news, it not that that bad, they simply break my heart. I can not hold the tears on eyes and at me heart is poured by blood. I not many times was in Moscow, it is possible to tell, that I there in general in second time, I very badly know Moscow and when I to go in the underground, there there were very many people. Me pushed from different directions, it very much was not pleasant to me and at me the bag was in hands, but her didn't it was visible, when I to leave from the underground, I have seen, that my bag is open, I have thought, that like I would close her, why she is open, I look in it,and there, there is no at me is not present money, my notebook, all documents, temporary sanction to be in Moscow, glory god at me passport have not stolen, I sat on bench and could not be set with place, I thought, how you is all to tell, you see it were such hopes on mine future, on our future, at me tear are poured river, I to run to militiaman and to tell all it, that has taken place, it me asks, you remember person of the man, which at you has stolen thing, but I can not recollect, there was very many people near to me, someone left, someone came, I do not know who at me has stolen everything, militiaman me speaks, as we shall search thief now, and I to cry and nothing can tell it me speaks, Then I can not by anything the help to you. you think, that I you to deceive, you certainly can so think, this your right, you have on this right, but know I always to trust to you and to love you, I knew, that you me too love and if you spoke the truth, please, if can do not think about me poorly, because I shall love always you. You probably will tell, there can not be such, that so simply have stolen things, if you do not trust, I do not know, as though we could with you live together, if you do not trust me, basically, to me it seems, that you now to see me and do not want, because all so has turned out, and I do not know, how I now shall go home, because at me anything is not present I hope, that will be the kind people and they help me, I do not know as all this to tell to the mum, because at it sick heart, and suddenly at it happen a heart attack with strong experience and frustration she can die, I do not know, how to say this all to my mum Then probably I'm so so so sorry and goodbye. I'll be love you all my life Your love forever Sveta 

Hi my most favourite man in my life Michael. I am very glad to your letter. I am glad that you do not leave me. I am very much upset till now from the moment of my theft of money. I am glad that you trust me, and is sure after your words, that you will not leave me. I promise you, that I shall use the best efforts for ours with you of meeting. I very strongly want to see and to feel you. At present I have no money, I can not pay even for the Internet write to you the letters each day and I I do not know as frequently I shall write to you. I can not ask you money, because I and so all your money have lost. I am very much upset because of it. I spoke with my chief, I asked him that it has given me the loan, but it has given up to me also I do not know that to me to do. It is everything, that I could write to you, my love. I can not write more, at me the tears from eyes flow, when I think, that we shall not be together. I love you very much and at me begins to be sick heart, when I think that we can not be together and be pleased life. Forgive me for everything, I am guilty in all it itself, because of my imprudence I have lost all your money. Yours Sveta.


Tanya Zhmur (Cheboksary, Russia)

Hi all! How about this for an abbreviated timeline: I have an ad on Friendfinder.com, and got a mail from tatiana (Message 1 below) on October 29th, 2002. Today is only 1 week later and she's already after the cash!!! So much for waiting months!

The successive messages show the dates they were sent and the full text of each message. None of the questions I asked in my e-mails were ever answered, including those relating to her contacts with members of the peace corps in Cheboksary (yes, I did some research when I got the original message and started digging from there which is where (fortunately) I found your site!!!) I did not send any money in this case, so nothing was lost but an opportunity :( Incidentally, I sent a few replies with both English and Russian text, but I still got no response. Out of pure curiosity, I took some classical Russian papers and ran a section of them through an online translator at PROMT'S Online Translator which can be found at www.translator.ru/eng - the syntax is almost exactly the same in the e-mail text, even down to the parenthesized alternate meanings, watch for them in the text of the e-mails:

Letters:

Message 1: Sent via Friendfinder internal mail, no photo, the profile has since been removed.

HELLO! MY NAME IS TATIANA. I AM FROM RUSSIA. I AM A SINGLE FEMALE WHO IS READY TO ENJOY LIFE WITH THE RIGHT PERSON. MY GOAL IS MARRIAGE BUT I AM OPEN TO JUST FRIENDSHIP IF WE DON'T HAVE A CONNECTION. I LOVE ROMANCE AND ALL THE MUSHY STUFF THAT COMES ALONG WITH A RELATIONSHIP. I AM MENTALLY AND FINANCIALLY STABLE. I HAVE A GREAT OPEN MINDED PERSONAILITY AND THE ABILITY TO GET ALONG WITH JUST ABOYT ANYONE. I LAUGH A LOT AND TAKE LIFE REAL EASY. EVERYDAY IS A NEW DAY WITH A NEW BEGINNING AND I LIVE MY LIFE WITH THAT BELIEF. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT MAKES ME TICK THAT IS A SUGGESTION FOR YOU. PLEASE REPLY WITH A PICTURE FOR PROMPT ATTENTION. MY E-MAIL ttanyaa@rambler.ru  

Message 2: Sent via e-mail to one of my e-mail aliases (I don't give out the main one except to close friends). This message included file 2.jpg (original file name) attached to this e-mail (11/01/02 06:21am).

Hello! I am 28 years old. Mine birthday of April 3, 1974. I have growth of 172 centimeters and weights of 54 kg. My profession is an the designer of a landscape. Now I work in the commercial firm as a the designer of a landscape . I want to inform, that I do not smoke, and I do not drink strong spirits drinks of spirit. But sometimes I love to drink in the good company not a lot of grape vine, though it happens very seldom. I want to you to speak, which I love various music, but basically classical. I to not have children! I was never married! What you to love to do(make) in free from work time? What you to love from the foodstuffs? About my hobbies... In my free time, I study English (I want to hope for success), and go to the sports club, in the evenings. I like music. I like dancing, but not often, because I don't have a lot time for them. At the same time, I like cooking, bat not every day. Some time, I like sewing, when I have any mood, and I like own clothes. It's my favorite hobby. I very love the see, but I don't have an opportunity to see it often ( in our area, there are many nice forests, rivers and likes, but not the see). The sin, the beach, and the see with lovely man... . It's only my dreams.( I think, that I too romantic today,) and I believe in love. Well, I'm a very friendly person, I love meeting the people that come my way and making new friends. What am I looking for? I'd like to meet a man, who can become good husband. I want to live a happy family life. Where? It's not important. I'd like to be together with dear man. I believe that relationships between people must be bused on trust and respect. I value in the persons: the honesty and the seines of humor. If you would like to talk, please write back to me. I' ve promised to you, I'll answer all you questions frankly and honesty. I hate any lie. Some attention, kindness, and care will make me happier. As for my location. I live in Cheboksary. It is a small town by comparison with Moskow. Cheboksary is the capital of Chuvashia Rep. It is about 950 km on east. Tatiana (Tanya). P.S. Send the photos, please.

At this point I started researching the area and came up with the Peace Corps references. I even contacted a few of them and they could not shed any light upon this lady whose name has now become 'Tanya'

Message 3: Sent via e-mail to the same address, file 3.jpg was attached (original file name) (11/02/02 08:21am):

Hello! It was pleasant, that you find time to writing me. I can not write back promtly, because I writing very slowly. I began to study English 3 monthes ago, and took only about 30 hours, so please do not pay attention to my mistakes. OK? I study with individual teacher. But if I can a write, I can not speak and can not understand English, because I have not practice of association. Please give me any time. I want to hear you voice very much. But I want not only to hear you, I want to understand you, so I will sure to be know English. You will be my stimulus. I write to you from Internet-cafe. I am sorry, but It is a one way, which I have next time. I will try to tell you about myself and about my family. And now I must finish my latter. Have a good day. I waiting for you reply. Tanya. P.S. Please, tell me about yourself.

Message 4: Sent via e-mail to the same address, file 4.jpg was attached (original file name, starting to see a pattern yet?) (11/03/02 08:35am):

Hi dear Dave! How are you? I'm very glad to receive you letters. You make me happy. I like your attention. A bit about me. I know already that I like music (different) and sport. Also I like read very much, but in last time I haven't any time for that. Unfortunately. I like cook. What do you love from the foodstuffs? When we meeting, I would like to prepare your lovely dishes. I want to prepare to you the most tasty dishes when we will be together. I'm understand in meeting with you. It's the only way to now each other. About my family. I live with parents and my brother. I very love they. My brother finished a school and go to the university. My parents has small own business. I want to speak you, that I love children very much. I had experience of dialogue in me directly in Russia with the people. But they were not adjusted (are adapted), is serious also we owed part. And they very much frequently to drink alcohol and it isn't so pleasant to me. I don't drink or smoke. Sometimes, I allow myself a little bit a grape vine. Now I think you know about me a little more. I write to you tomorrow. I wait for your letters very much. Take care for me. Kiss. Tanya.

Message 5: Sent via e-mail to the same address, file 5.jpg was attached (original file name) (11/05/02 09:24am):

Hi dear Dave! I am very glad to receive news from you again. You seem, that to me the very courageous and honour man. How you there without me? I shall try to learn(find out) as me to arrive in you! I here very much without you You in ideas always with me. You show very strong interest to me it very pleasantly to feel. I began very much to think of us with you that waits for us ahead. Write to me all questions which you interest. I shall be very glad to answer to you them.. You now are, by the third man in this world which to me is necessary most of all. The first man is my mum, second man is my father. I very much hope for that that our meeting the speed future is held. I am very grateful to you that you trust me. Through the Internet it is as that not naturally, we should take each other. in hands and look each other in eyes and speak about that as the world is perfect. At me very good mood. I want to know all. To me you are very important. When I began to correspond with you I had what that hope that at us with you all will be good. With each your letter I understood that I have found that man which to me is necessary. I as well as you want to see you believe to me very faster it it would be desirable. I want to embrace you caress. I consider (count) what exactly creation of a spiritual emotional basis of the man and there is a purpose sense of family education. I want to you to tell one that my feelings and the words in relation to you always were sincerely and I always understood that we put a lot of trust, that our union would be when that real. What do you do (make) today? I want to know everything, that you make. I'm interested each your step. And I can't wait our meeting. I think, I live for it, and I live for you. I very wait your letter. Now you know about my fillings. KISS! Tanya. P.S. I would like to hear your voice. Do you have a phone number?

Message 6: Sent via e-mail to the same address, no photos were attached (11/06/02 01:59am):

Hi dear Dave! I to study all concerning my arrival in you. I necessary need the visa and passport. It costs 294 $ USA. I am written down on reception in the transport company on Friday. I shall give back back documents concerning registration. I shall require in by to Friday to pay my documents in the transport company. You probably think that I hurry. I really would like to see you, to meet you closer, there can be you my destiny. It is a pity, that you are far. I not capable completely to pay the visa and passport. I think, that you will help me to pay a part of my expenses. It would be wonderful, if you will pay a part of my expenses. I never was outside the country. There was no occasion. And now such remarkable occasion has appeared. You will send a part of this sum of money by Thursday? My documents will be registration in time 10 days. It is good? I have given you the address, on which you through branch of bank Western Union should send to me money. I very much to want as soon as possible to arrive in you my love. I to give you the address of my bank where there is a system of remittances Western Union. Mine a complete name Tanya Zhmur. My home address. Russia, republic Chuvashia, city Cheboksary, street Mira, house 34, apartment 23. I give you the address of bank! Menatep SPB, street the prospectus Lenina, house 6a, city Cheboksary. You also should send control number from 10 figures, which should give you in your branch Western Union. Complete home address and airport, nearest coming) to you also is necessary for me your complete name. I very much to wait on your answer! Tanya.

OK, onto the personal opinions:

First off, I have visited your site and several similar sites recently, so i wasn't taking any of this stuff without thinking very carefully. I allowed it to go this far 'just to see' how far they would go and how fast, but one week was amazing to me!!! The whole things appears like a 'get rich quick' deal, where you get a set of instructions and follow them. OK, I know that sounds a bit odd, but consider this; my replies to each e-mail were almost immediate and I asked questions in each reply. None of those questions were ever answered, each reply took the standard "re: (my subject)" as the subject line and after the 'dear Dave' part, pasted in the next potted response in the package - make sense now? I wouldn't be surprised to find that the whole process was actually computerized.  Anyway, for what its worth, here it is, in all its grim reality. I only hope that my entering this with you guys will save someone else the loss of money that would inevitably follow. Dave


Wind of Love/Ukranian Tours (Odessa, Ukraine)

I'm sorry but I think the scammers are working extra hard, perhaps saving up for Christmas! On Page 74 you have a report regarding 'Ukrainian Tours' of Odessa and on page 136 you have my report regarding 'Wind Of Love', also of Odessa. 

I can report that 'Wind Of Love' and 'Ukrainian Tours' are one and the same. Wind Of Love is not a registered company, however their address as shown on www.windoflove.com is actually the registered address of Ukrainian Tours www.ukrainestar.com . Both these sites offer exactly the same services and even list the same telephone and fax numbers, unfortunately both are a scam and both those sites are hosted from the same computer

Martin


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