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Diana Ivanova (Kazan, Russia)

Hello, My name is Norm,I've been divorced about a year and I am 41 years  old. I am real glad I did a search for Kazan Russia on Yahoo, I found  this web site and read through it. Boy did I get a big shock when I hit  on the Black list, I have been talking to a girl from Kazan for about 3 weeks, she contacted me though Yahoo personals with the same letters I've seem here, she has a new picture, but it's the same cat and the same letter's, I will post a new letter also. She has not asked for money yet, but after seeing this I know it's coming, I think i will play along for awhile to have some fun, it will be good payback for being jerked around by them. The address she gave me is different but all the other stuff is the same, Diana Ivanova is a real busy girl with all the guy's she falls in love with. I will also report her ID to Yahoo personal so they can block it her new one is "bluesun343" and her email address is dianochka343@fromru.com She is going to get a surprise from me for sure!! Thanks for such a good site, saved me alot of hurt. Norm

Letters:

My friend Norm I am again glad to you to tell Hello Our correspondence Seems has become stronger also we became lready more close people! I am very glad to receive your letters when I come in the Internet of cafe and I receive your letter, at me at once am cheered up, so it is pleasant for me to receive from you letters, I hope, that our correspondence will be strengthened also we shall not overlook the friend about the friend! With the letter I send you the one more image, I hope it to you it is pleasant. You like my images?  My girlfriends constantly ask me about you, to them interestingly what habits at you what you, I answer them, that I already for a long time did not communicate with such person as you, I really very much like your letters, I understand, that you that person on which are possible to rely! Today there was really ridiculous case with my cat Murka, I still hold houses fishs, my cat observed of them with top, but was unintentionally broke and has fallen in an aquarium to fishs, having frightened thus and and ?uaie after that she was all crude, but I of her have turned in a towel and she has gradually dried up. By the way, it is fast at me birthday, I was born February, 20, 1973 and I a meeting the 30 birthday. Tell to me as your affairs as you will spend the day, it would be very interesting to me to learn about you more...Unfortunately I on it finish the letter.With the big impatience I shall look forward to hearing from you! Have good day! Good luck! Your friend Diana

Hi my beautiful friend Norm I am sincerely glad, to that you have answered me again. Your letters give me a charge of energy for all day! I read them with the great pleasure. In the letters you may ask me about everything, that interests you about me. But if I on them do not answer you, do not take offence, I simply can not understand it , set to me it slightly on another and I it is indispensable on him shall answer you. It is my first experience of  acquaintance through the Internet, but this way has very much liked me as I  was answered at once with the person who has liked me. I write the letters  from the Internet of cafe so be not upset if I shall not answer you the  letter at once, simply the Internet of cafe may be closed. Today I went to church, today for me little bit sad date, this day my parents were lost. I orthodox christian, at us very beautiful churches, at that moment when I am in church I feel quietly, me already cease, that or to disturb. It is very interesting to me what weather at you today, I think, that at you should be warm. Spring my liked season, I likes to look, how the nature comes to life after winter. As the first kidneys on trees are dismissed. Birds who an autumn departed on the south arrive , but they again will return. The first grows a grass, many children leave on street and are pleased to this season. Children it future our planet and on them all our hope, does a pleasure me the big pleasure to observe of them. My parents educated me good formation as you know I has finished the Kazan state university on a speciality the ecologist. But nevertheless I do not work on this speciality. Sometimes at me in life there come such times, that I seem to me, that already for whom it is not necessary, that I shall stay one, but nevertheless I calm myself and I believe that the main love in my life still will come, the god will help me with it.  Tell to me more about itself, you like to listen to what your liked dish, what your liked film, what else music. My liked dish it pelmeni, this very tasty dish from Russian kitchen which consists of forcemeat of a beef and pork with an onions and spices wrapped up in a dough and are cooked. This really excellent dish. There may be sometime I of you him shall feed. My liked films it Gladiator and Angel city, is film about the big love when it was finished I very strongly cried if you of it did not look, look necessarily, it is pleasant to you. As to music, she is pleasant to me different on mood, I as like Russian classics Tchaykovskiy, Rohmaninov, Rimskiy-Korsakov as it is pleasant to me Madonna, Enya, Kylie Minogue. I think, that after that you will know letters more about me. I very much like your letters. On it I shall finish the letter. Your friend Diana


Ekaterina Bulatova (Cheboksary, Russia)

A woman representing herself as Ekaterina Bulatova contacted me on Heart 2 Heart ( a free dating site) on January 18, 2003. Claiming to be a 29 year old psychologist, she demonstrated little or no knowledge in that field. This is the address she gave: Russian Federation. ZIP 424003, Zarubino ST. 20A-9. Ekaterina. Ekatertina2003@rbcmail.ru . Although I warned her I would never send her money, she continued to write. Within about ten days she was madly in love. On February 16 I received the appeal for money:

Letters:

Hello my love Ricardo.For me the large happiness to receive your letter. I do not know, how you will treat this letter. In the summer for me it will be very difficult to receive a vacation. As I have a vacation once a year. Is not present, now I do not correspond with Marina, as now they on travel on Europe. In clinic I spend(see off) advices from the people, which require my help. Now spring mental frustration also will become aggravated. I will have a lot of work. I buy products in the market or in shop.  Now in Russia all is accessible if only there was money. I very well am able to prepare. I like to prepare Russian pel'meni and fried  Potatoes with курицой.  If we have free time, I with the girlfriends visit(attend) discos and cinema. As we very much like to be engaged in sports. Yes, my family has dinner. I very much frequently visit(attend) the mum the daddy. My parents now work, and the brother studies in institute. I hope, that you closely (attentively) will listen and will understand me. To me is very sad, that I have an opportunity to write to you the letters once per day.I want to do (make) it two, three or even five times per day. Me very much pleases, that you as want our meeting. Yesterday I went in a travel company and learned (found out) full details concerning our meeting. I have learned (found out), that the travel company for registration of the visa takes 357 $. We with the mum tried to find this money  But it is very difficult for us. It is the very large money for our family. I have asked the mum to sell our garden, but  She (it) does not want it to do (make). Now I do not know, that to me to do (make). You can help me with payment of registration of my documents and visa? It is the very large sum and I can not find her (it) soon. My holiday is already absolutely close and if now we do not organize our meeting, it is possible we shall not meet soon. And I very much want to arrive to you and to carry out (spend) with you a lot of time. We shall go for a walk together, to talk about life, to have entertainments. I dream of joint supper at candles, and then slow dance In your gentle embraces. I think, that you too dream of it my love. I want to tell you, that at me such feeling, that I know you very long and for a long time. There can be I shall be shown to you ridiculous, but with each your letter I feel, that I love you!!!! Sometimes I can not to sleep on night and I have no appetite, I lay and I think of us much. My mum speaks, that I am in love. I want to tell, that I want to make your photo on the printer and to put at myself in a room. I very much would like to see you, when I lie down to sleep and I rise in the morning. But most of all I want to meet you my love. I live by this dream. I want to live with you beside, to help you to do (make) harvest (cleaning) in your house, to prepare to you to eat. Favourite I very much miss without you. Now I shall go home also shall think of you my prince. And tomorrow I shall search for your answer. Kiss and love.

Ricardo 



Ekaterina Dyachkova (Magadan, Russia)

I am a single white male, no children, age 37, self employed. Contact initiated by "Ekaterina Dyachkova" through Absolute Agency, where I had placed a personals ad for myself with a picture. This began 1-10-2003, and ended 2-10-2003 with no response to my e-mail, which was intended to respond to hers. In the very short span of 18 e-mails and 30 days, Ekaterina went from being deeply in love to me, to disappointment with me, though she loves me still. She stated in the sixth e-mail, after only corresponding for 8 days, that she loved me. In the 9th e-mail came the request to send money to Western Union in Magadan. The message source for each of her e-mails indicated a authenticity warning that I have copied and pasted here:

X-Authentication-Warning: aqua.relinfo.ru: Host 64.dialup-a.mari-el.ru [195.161.212.64] claimed to be 1-z6sq9h4ajgxbe.sckr.com

Mari-el is located on the opposite side of Magadan (located on the Eastern side). I did not know what to make of this, as she was requesting me to send money to Magadan's Western Union office. These two cities are several hundred miles, if not a thousand miles apart. I handled the request for money, by stating that if she answered all my questions in my previous e-mails, which she had not done up to that point, that I would then send her any amount of money that she wanted. By the time I made that statement, I had already discovered her as a scammer, by reading her letters word for word, that just happened to be exact duplicates of other scammer letters, to other men, that I read on your great site! Thank God Almighty for your site! You saved me, and I am confident you will continue to save others from these vicious crimes that not only rob us of our money, but our loving ways. These scammers make men believe the worst in humanity is true, and embitters us. I was also hoping to make her do a lot of work for nothing, even sending her to the Western Union office in search of my gift of money for her visa. I have not done this yet, and she has stopped writing to me.

I have not contacted Absolute Agency, as I feel that they are very much involved with this and several other individual scammers on a continuous basis. I also believe that they may be involved with the Russian mafia, based on other testimonies that I have read, involving organized crime in the former Soviet Union. "Lubov" is the supposed owner of the agency, and she has contacted me by e-mail, to personally encourage my financial assistance to the many Russian women that want to meet me. I am being made to feel guilty that these girls are poor and that they pay a great amount of money to translate my e-mails from English to Russian. I know that translations are not free for them, but I have read that the cost is under $1 per letter. I have attached a single .jpg photo file, that is a collage of all the pictures that "Ekaterina" sent to me. Below are the important e-mails of the bunch, beginning with the very first contact by her to me. Good luck to all USA men, be strong and wise, and we shall prevail!!!

First e-mail:

My name is Ekaterina. I am sociable, kind, honest, purposeful, merry, loving children, passionate, understanding, friendly, social, tactful.  I like drawing, fashion, animals, mountains, tourism, travel.  I am dreaming to meet a man of 32-50 y.o., romantic, honest, kind,  creative, merry, careful, loving sport, for relationship, marriage.  I to ask you what you to write to me, address my electronic mail <ekaterina777@inbox.ru>

First e-mail asking for money:

Hi my love Jim. I rang in the American embassy, they have advised me to take the visa of the tourist, This visa B-2, she(it) is real during 90 days. She(it) costs(stands) 350 bucks, But I now do not have such money. If you can, transmit them to me through Western Union, address of separation: AVANGARD BANK PROLETARSKAYA, 17 MAGADAN MAGADAN 685000 RU Ekaterina Dyachkova My girlfriend to work in bank and she(it) to me to advise the system Western Union, she(it) to speak that it is the most reliable and fast system of remittances. This system should be in each bank. If you will help me with money and our occurring, you to go in bank and there to give you 10 digits when you to dispatch money, 10 digits you to dispatch to me and about the help these 10 digits I can gain your money here in my city in bank. I Very much of rad that you want to see me, unfortunately, to meet Are necessary money, but money it only paper, main that we shall meet with By you. We should trust each other because we like each other and we soon Let's meet. I rang to a uncle in Vladivostok and it(he) has told that can make to me The ticket with the discount, but for this purpose is necessary to know where nearest to you The international airport. Still I talked to my girlfriend which works in travel agency and She(it) has told me that the visa B-2 the best variant that to us with you to meet. She(it) speaks that when we shall meet we can discuss that as we shall live Further. Yesterday I saw sex dream about us with you, it(he) very much has liked me also I want To tell it(him) to you. Me has dreamed as we with you we meet, as you take Me on arms(hand), we go to you home. For you at home we go at once in a bedroom and you Begin to undress me, our hearts are beaten synchronously, we are passionately kissed and You begin to learn(teach) me to all pleasures of sex. I to love you and I begin to understand that love this such strong feeling, I of rad That I could test it(him) due to you. With love forever yours Ekaterina...


Ekaterina Polushina (Yoshkar-Ola, Russia)

I am a single father of 2, white American, 44 years old, self-employed searching for a partner abroad. While searching the Adult Singles web site I came across this woman. Her name is Ekaterina Polushina, located in Yoshkar-Ola Russia. After sending a letter of introduction we started correspondence. After six letters Ekaterina asked if I trusted her, my reply was " Of course". The following letter was received

Letters:

Hi, my honey Neal! It is amazing to get your letter again!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss you badly, honey. I love you so much. I can't be apart from you, it is so hard. You are my life, I want to hug you so much, to feel your warmth, to look into your eyes, to feel myself happy and safe near you. I am sure everything will be Ok and the destiny will work for us and we will be happy together. I often think about us and try to imagine our life together. Sometimes I feel you so near and close to me. I even feel you on the distance. I feel when you are in a high spirit and when you are sad. I am happy when you are happy. I want to be with you so much and I though about the ways for us to be together. So I tried to do something for us and decided to go to the Embassy to check what I need to come to you. So, to come to your country I need to make some paper work and to get visa. It will take some time, of course, and to pick up many documents from my side. But I will do everything which depends from me. But there is one thing which upsets me very much. You see, I need to pay for getting visa. And you know that my salary is too small for it. I don't want to complain but you know that I have a difficult financial situation here. I have a great desire to come to you, to see you at last and only money separate us from each another. I love you so much, honey and I don't want to lose you. Nobody can help me with it. Of course, I could ask my Mom to help me but she doesn't have such money though she would like to help us. I am honest and sincere with you. I hope that you understand me and that you will do it for me. I already gave some papers to them and they made a file for me. All I need now is to pay them money. So it will be, $45 for visa and $30 for registration, also I need to pay for medical exams - it will be $90, $60 for the interview, and I need to get a foreign passport, it will cost for about $50 and for some another expenses I may have. So in general I will need for about $300. You have to send the money by bank system Western Union to my name. You need to send me your full name, address, amount of money and the control number (MTCN). You need my full name and address, so here it Ekaterina Polushina, Russia, Saratov, street Komsamolskay 92a-30. Honey, I will need to pay them in a week, so, please, try to send them this week. I really hope that you understand my situation. I want to see you very much but without your help I can't do it just because I don't have such money. Money is nothing but they help to overcome all the difficulties on our way to each another. Sorry, dear, if it upsets you. I just think that we need to trust each another and to share everything. Hope that you agree with me. Just imagine that in short time we could be together. And there is only one problem now which can be solved with your help, dear. I love you so much, you are the best in my life and our meeting could be the happiest event for us. Miss you badly honey and waiting impatiently for your soon reply. Your lady forever Ekaterina. 

I attempted to reply, but my mail was returned with the following message,

Your message was rejected by mxs.mail.ru for the following reason:
Administrative prohibition -- access from this address is blocked.
Contact support@corp.mail.ru.
The following recipients did not receive this message:
<polushinae@mail.ru>

It seems that she has been black listed by this agency I have not sent any money to this date, however I had offered to cover the cost of correspondence for this lady The listing agency has been notified, and so have you. Neal W. Savluk


Ekaterina Dyachkova (Magadan, Russia)

ekaterina777@inbox.ru
This is Ekaterina Dyachkova (Magadan, Russia) personal e-mail that she has been using. The money is not important but "IT" must be caught.


Galya Sabantseva (Surgut, Russia)

My name is Roy and I, too. have been receiving mail from Galya Sabantseva. They also have an address of koroleva222@front.ru. The letters have ask for money but I have not sent any because the letters were so form looking. The pictures show her in blond hair and dark hair. 

Sample letter received 2/17/03 Go for a walk? Its -10 deg in Surgut today! 

Greetings my love, Roy!!!I am again happy to receive from you this letter. And with huge Pleasure to you to write this my letter. Today in the street Remarkable weather and me would be desirable to walk, but I very much would like That you were near to me at this time. But I to trust that it is fast To take place and we can be together for ever. I done not left by this Hope for minute. I to trust you and to trust completely. I already Spoke that our attitudes should be under construction on trust the friend To the friend. You with me agree? I think what yes. I should think about To you my love. I to wait for that day when we can meet. I LOVE YOU And WANT TO LEAD OTHER MY LIFE NEAR TO YOU MY UNIQUE the MAN In THIS the UNIVERSE!!!!It is not simple words which it is possible simply To make, these are words proceeding with all my heart. These are sincere Which I can tell words only to you, my loved. I shall go in Moscow and to call to you from embassy. I might not write to you because at me the computer was broken, you me forgive. And then you to send me on the visa, well? I to you shall give you the address of bank then in Moscow. I shall be To wait from you for the following letter. Write to me soon. I love you My prince and very much I miss on you. For ever yours Galya.-- Best regards,koroleva222 mailto:koroleva222@front.ru 

I can be reached at, Roy4345@yahoo.com 



Natalia_Buravleva_Omsk_Russia

In beginning of June last year I contacted a pretty girl in Russia with the intention to get acquainted and maybe more. I first contacted this girl through MSN Soulmates Danish branch. I have had a very fine communication with this 'girl' - everything was going fine and we were talking about arranging a first meeting. I have received a lot of photos from 'here' and also a lot of e-mails. Recently we began dialogue via MSN Messenger programme. We arranged to meet in Germany were 'she' easily could obtain visa. I agreed to pay some of 'her' travel expenses. Today it has reached approximately 2000 USD. I have documentation from Western Union. But the girl never showed up at the arranged meeting. Also is not possible to reach via the given e-mailaddresses. I have tried her home phone number but it was answered by - yes - a man!! I therefore have reason to believe that I have been sub ducted to some kind of dating scam activity with the intention of fraud. Searching the internet for more information I found that some agency have posted the same girl. Therefore I send this warning, so others will not be in same situation. I can afford the money loss - I do not go bankruptcy for that reason, but the hurt feelings I think, is no reason to sub due to others. The reference to the girlcan be found on following pages: http://www.about.co.yu/gallery2/velika-galery/NataliRed_Big.html
http://www.amoreussr.com/ussr/russian_women_3299.html
She is using the name; Natalia Buravleva 
And the address; 20 partsezda 25 - 7
644029 Omsk
Russia
Phone; 7-3812-245797
e-mail; Buravleva@mail.ru or Buravleva@netbox.ru 

Furthermore I can tell that I have received the same story word by word as stated on these pages. I have also received the same photos.

Yours sincerely
Steffen Essted Sorensen


Natasha aka Anna Gurchenkova/Life In Love Agency, Lugansk

I am a 35 year old man from Seattle. The principal details in this story occurred nearly two years ago. Since that time I never have been quite certain as to what extent I had been scammed. Finally last month, however, I saw the woman in question profiled on a new site - Life In Love - under a new name, Natasha. There was no longer any doubt as to fraud, so I thought it was high time to share my own story.

The woman in question is profiled as Natasha, ID #102, on the Life in Love Agency out of Lugansk, Ukraine. I knew her as Anna Gurchenkova, however, beginning back in February of 2001. While looking through local dating pages on One and Only Singles, a few months following a divorce, I decided on a whim to peruse the foreign postings. After a few pages I came upon a stunning photograph and a brief yet sweet self-description. She called herself Anna, from the city of Lugansk. With no serious expectations, I wrote her a short introductory letter and was surprised to find, several days later, a charming response (the agency through which we wrote one another was the Lana Agency, also out of Lugansk. This agency has since been exposed as a scam and no longer exists, at least by that name). Over the next few months our correspondence continued, deepening in both emotion and intent. Anna, of course, declared her love for me. While a bit skeptical, I decided nonetheless to visit her that coming spring. If nothing else, I thought I was due for a vacation and a little adventure.

Until I decided to meet with Anna, the only money which I sent simply covered the expense of translation and E-mail forwarding: $5 per letter, if I recall, plus a small fee per photograph. Additionally, we spoke on the phone a few times via a translator assisted 3-way call at the agency's office. Once I determined to visit Anna, however, the price tag quickly began to increase. She suggested that we meet in Kiev. I agreed and assented to send enough money for airfare. She claimed to be nervous about traveling, never having ventured far from Lugansk, so I also agreed to pay for a translator from the Lana Agency to accompany her to Kiev, both as company and to facilitate our first meeting. I also rented two rooms in a nice hotel, booking each for three night's stay. Depending upon how well our initial meeting went, it was my plan to return to Lugansk with Anna to meet her friends and family, perhaps even inviting her afterward to visit the Black Sea with me.

Well, during a flight connection out of London, transferring in Prague, I missed my continuing flight to Kiev (a screw-up on the part of CzechAir which, it turned out, probably did me a big favor). The airline assured me, however, that they would send word ahead of my delay to the ticketing counter in Kiev. While in the Prague airport I checked my E-mail and found one final letter from Anna, assuring me of her undying love and her excitement to see me soon. While the flight delay was a drag, all still seemed hopeful. Instead of arriving at the main Kiev airport just before noon, where I was to meet Anna and the translator, I instead did not arrive until nearly 11 PM. Needless to say, no Anna and no translator. My Russian was very poor then and I could get no information at the ticketing counter, hoping as I was for some kind of word. Finally I caught a taxi into the city and went to the hotel, where we had agreed to meet in case of any earlier mix-up. Also, of course, no word whatsoever. No Anna.

The next day I began calling the agency in Lugansk. That afternoon I reached someone but they had no information as to what had happened. Finally, the next day, I was informed that Anna and the translator had arrived but, unable to find me in the airport and receiving no word as to my delay, Anna assumed that I had changed my mind. As the story went, Anna freaked out and insisted on returning to Lugansk at once, despite the translator's urging to go to the hotel and see if I might still arrive. Anna (so they claimed) began crying, claiming that I had played her as a fool. She and the translator fought, flew back to Donetsk with the remainder of my money (there were no flights to Lugansk that afternoon) and then took separate taxis back home - some two hours' drive, I think. At that point, the agency claimed, Anna simply disappeared, No one had heard from her since.

I remained in Kiev for several days, enjoying this fabulously beautiful city. Still, I was perplexed and annoyed and just plain curious, so I caught a flight on some old dilapidated prop. plane and flew to Lugansk, to investigate matters for myself. Before leaving, I informed the Lana Agency of my plans, telling them where they could find me. Arriving that evening, I went directly to the address which Anna had given me as hers - a flat in a run-down tenement building (of course all of Lugansk is run-down). No answer, of course, though I did manage to get into an altercation with a neighbor :) So I checked into the Hotel Lugansk for the night. Next morning, I was surprised by a call from the front desk. "We are here," said the voice. She claimed to be the translator who had come to Kiev. I assumed the person with her was Anna. Of course I was wrong. It was another woman from the agency - Anya - and the two of them expressed their regret and consternation regarding Anna's behavior and disappearance. They had no other answers. I told them I planned to stay for a few days and try to find her myself, to explain the misunderstanding at the airport. They looked a bit perplexed. Then Leesa, the translator, invited me to go out for dinner and dancing with her and her husband and a few friends that night, a Saturday. What the hell - I agreed.

Over the next five days I heard nothing from Anna, despite a number of unsuccessful ventures back to her supposed flat, nearby. Leesa and the agency provided no further information. I did, however, spend every evening with Leesa and her friends, nearly all of whom were beautiful young women. It almost seemed as though they were trying to distract me from the situation with Anna - not a bad diversion, really :) Leesa even said, after several days, "forget about her. She is a bitch" (They had supposedly fought in Kiev) "There are many other beautiful women I can introduce you to." To her credit, she did "hook me up," most notably with a striking young blonde named Uliya (please see the picture of me below, center. Uliya is next to me in white. Leesa is to my left, with short hair. To the right is Anya, from the Lana Agency, and finally Tanya, whom I have since recognized on the Black List as an accomplished scammer in her own right - "Tatka" or "Katya" [please see the scammer index]). While Uliya was beautiful and fun and certainly ... hospitable :) I was still curious to find out what had happened with Anna. If nothing else, I wanted to assure her that I had not blown her off purposefully in Kiev, that I was still interested. I informed Leesa that I intended to go to the nearby University, where Anna claimed to be in attendance, to look for her. Leesa seemed worried. The next morning I was suddenly informed via telephone that Anna had returned and wanted to meet with me that very afternoon. I, of course, agreed. When I arrived at the restaurant, another translator was waiting to assist me (not Leesa), as Anna spoke on English. A few minutes later, Anna entered, more beautiful than even her pictures. So at least she was real. Our conversation lasted only ten, maybe fifteen minutes total. Through the translator, she explained that upon her return to Lugansk, heartbroken after my supposed abandonment of her, she had called her ex-boyfriend in her despair. He obligingly consoled her in bed, then took her away to the country for a few days, where he asked her to marry him. She said yes. He was in again, I was out. End of story. "I am sorry. Please forget about me. Please," and then she vanished. 

So, was I scammed? Was her story legitimate? For a long time I really could not be sure. Only after I finally saw Anna's pictures once again, last month, on the Life in Love site, was I finally certain. Now she is going by the name Natasha but it certainly is her. I received many of the same photographs, all from "Anna." I even tried to contact "Natasha," to lure her and her ilk out into the open, but received no reply to my message (in which I referred to our previous encounter in Lugansk). Another person to watch out for, in regard to this whole story, is one Marina Kaidalova, who directed the fraudulent Lana Agency and who is also listed as director of the bogus agency trying to pimp out "Tatka" or "Katya" - my scammer "friend" in the photograph. She may also be involved with the Life In Love Agency, though I've no proof thus far. Though Leesa and Anya, also pictured, were always friendly toward me, they both worked for the fraudulent agency Lana and so are also complicit. As for Uliya, the blonde beside me, I am unaware of any fraud on her part (her relations with me were always sweet and uncomplicated).

As for my big Lugansk adventure, following my meeting with Anna I spent the rest of that day in the city, with Uliya and Leesa and the rest of my "friends." Though they were fun company, I never fully trusted any of them - valid concerns, as time seems to have proven. The next day I decided to blow off the whole Lugansk scene altogether. Not exactly a scenic town (it sucks): really, in many ways, just a hotbed of scammers. I journeyed south by train to the Crimean Peninsula, intending to travel on to Turkey. Instead, I remained in Crimea for nearly a month. The scenery was amazing, the food was good and the wine and vodka were cheap, the Russian people were wonderfully friendly and the Russian women were delightfully ... hospitable. I even met a wonderful, intelligent, beautiful, REAL Russian woman, whom I dated while there and even considered marrying. So I went to Lugansk and I got scammed, but I still had one hell of a good time. For whatever that's worth.... 

So, there certainly are many Russian women out there. When real and honest, they can be more amazing than you might even imagine. Do not be too discouraged but try not to be too naive or stupid. Keep your hopes realistic and retain always a healthy degree of skepticism, even suspicion. Lastly, my advice - think twice, three times, about contacting any woman from Lugansk!!!


Olesya Ivanova (Kazan, Russia)

I am a single father of 3, white American, 46 years old, work in sales. The contact originated through Yahoo Personals, lasted for 16 days, it started just like the letters sent as read on Page 158 of last months updates, February 06, 2003, Page 2. All letters where identical to those shown there. She requested money for a visitors visa, B-2, sent Western Union to Russia, Kazan, AkBars Bank Kremlevskya, 8, for name Ivanova Olesya in the amount of $390 dollars and only requested once. After reading your story of her on the blacklist I have stopped sending e-mails and strated informing all agencies. 

Letters:

Hello, Me name is Olesya. After Birthday of my girlfriend after all my girlfriends have left to meet with the husbands and guys I has decided, that the friend with whom I might connect all further life too is necessary for me, but such person with whom I would not be happy is not necessary for me. I shall tell to you slightly about myself, me 29 years, I live in city of Kazan in spite of the fact that it is very beautiful city, here very difficultly to find the good person with which it is possible would be to connect the life, the purposes of people in our city very much low, and the girlfriend has advised me to look same people as well as I in the Internet, I and have made I have gone to the Internet of cafe and have found a site which to me the girlfriend has advised, at her mum as has got acquainted with the person from Germany. From all countries which were offered me on a choice, I have decided to choose USA, on films and under stories I know, that people for which his personal honour and decency is appreciated more than any petty interests live in this country. After short viewing structures I have seen yours which most approaches me, and have decided to write to you in hope that I shall receive from you the answer. Excuse I has distracted from the story about itself slightly. As I to you already spoke me 29 years I live in Russia, city of Kazan, my weight makes 54 kgs at growth of 172 centimeter. At me higher education on a speciality the ecologist, but on the trade I do not work, as on it it is very difficult to find work. I work to help the bookkeeper in the company which is engaged in sale of home appliances. I live one without parents, my parents were lost at a fire of 6 years back, my grandmothers and grandfathers communists, my relatives were noblemen when Russia king corrected earlier, but there was it for a long time. I never supported ideas communists, they have resulted the country which once was great power, in full route. But about it I shall not continue to me this subject not so it is pleasant have shot. I live together with mine cat Murka, she my best friend! She also likes to ask to have a meal black color at me, in exchange on it she may sit next hours me and purr. Unfortunately I badly know the English language so I the first time shall be to use the translator, but I go on rates, on studying language. With impatience I wait from you for the answer. Your new friend Olesya. please write me your letter in e-mail: olesechka343@ front.ru 

Good day mine love Dan In your letter I have seen a lot of your love to me! I very much appreciate it! But you would know, how hardly to me to write this letter... I today called in the American embassy in Moscow and learned there how I can arrive to you, to me there gave such answer, that the best variant of arrival to you it will be registration of visa B-2, its validity of 90 days from the date of arrival in USA, and registration in very short term, only one or two days, but I am very strong frustration when I have learned its price, she costs 390 American dollars when to me have told this price, at me on cheeks tears flow... I explained them, that Dan, he is that person without which I can not live, and I very much would like it to see, they have answered me, that anything make they may not, all of them understand, but rules are rules, on another in any way it is impossible, but they have told me, that I might ask this money to the visa for you, they me have told, that loving person should pay for the girl, I in him has told, that it slightly is not polite, but they to me have explained, that all of you will understand, I very much hope for your understanding. In embassy to me have told, that it will be the best to send me money through system of translations Western Union, it is very reliable system of remittances and she is in each bank that I have received them, I should inform you the address of bank in which I of them to receive, and you should inform me of 10 figures of a remittance. I have learned the address of the bank nearest to me, the address: Russia, Kazan, AkBars Bank Kremlevskaya, 8, for name IVANOVA OLESYA, please, send to me money today, I really do not present the further life without you! And I ask you, do not take offence at my request, to me so have told, that you should understand it. But as soon as I to you to arrive, I shall be arranged to work and necessarily return your money, it will be for me a point of honour, I hope, that you understand me. Very much I wait from you the answer and as I wait for your translation, you are necessary for me! You mine LOVE! Your eternal love Olesya mailto:olesechka343@front.ru


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