Arina Gurkina aka Arina Gourkina
I a am a white male 38 same woman tried me.Contacted me through yahoo. I contacted the owner or postdom.com which is the email she uses to see if there was something he could do. I know of at least 3 others. I put a lot of info on a small web site http://arina-stavropol.50megs.com/ I have the money request letter and a letter from the American Embassy in Moscow.
Hi, my name is Dave, a 29 year old and I live in Virginia, USA.
Much like a letter from another responder: it was the same verbatim. I had a profile on Yahoo personals, when I got this email with this photo, and follow ups. She said she had a degree in accounting/audit, and worked as a waitress in a bar, and her boss let her use the computer to contact me. Like the rest, she said she loved me quite quick, and wanted to come over to live with me, etc. She stated that her friend Elena met a man in England by the name of Scott, and that is how she knew to contact me. After a week and a half of this emailing and getting a photo almost with each email of a beautiful girl, 29 years old she/him/they stated, that getting a Visa B-2 ( I don't know what that is, or if Visa cards have sub-categories ) would cost a total of $390 even. She/him/they stated that help was needed in paying for it and gave me the address of the Western Union bank to send it to. The bank address was: Russia, Kazan, Bank Kazankiy Gvardeiskaya, 35. Her name was Ekaterina ( which seems to be pretty common used first name ) Efremova. I have the understanding she has be discovered under several names: Oksana, Irina, and others. She contacted me first on March 16 of 2005. Appantly, she keeps the same address, and seems to copy/paste her letters to men over here in the States. Her address is stated as:
Ekaterina Efremova, Kazan 46700, Street Dostocvskogo 79 Flat 17, Russian Federation.
I don't even know ( or belive ) that her name is even
Ekaterina. We talkedvia email for two weeks, and for once I thought I found the right girl,and was just a matter of getting her over here. I really started to careabout someone who probably doesn't even exist, which needless to say,
isheartbreaking. It is lousy to take advantage of us nice, single guys,in America using a big-named personals like Yahoo to scam us. I must be, though. The letters were identicalto others. *sigh* Thank you for any information, from anyone. I hope this will help out in finding this scam
artist(s), or help anyone out there who has recieved the same letters, or seen this girl...whoever she really is. Thank you, Dave.
HI have the following letters and photos, I hope this helps anyone out: Letter #1:
Hi, Dave! How are you? Probably, if you have guessed, this is Ekaterina:) I'm very glad to get your answer, Dave! First of all, please let me apologize for the delay in my response to you, Dave, but I was busy in last time. I'm happy so much that you have written me, believe me, Dave! Also, I'm hoping that my e-mail was so big surprise for you too, really? But most important, I would like to say to you that I have decided to write you through the Internet thanking to my best girlfriend Elena. My girlfriend Elena have met a good man through the Internet from England, London City, by the Internet too. Her boyfriend is Scott. Elena and Scott are very happy together! I see that they are happy so much together, and I have decided to find a man from other country too, as Elena did it :) Possible, you can ask me, why I didn't find a russian man? I will be very serious, I will answer to you, that I had a boyfriend from Russia from my City, I loved him very much, but he has thrown me in last time. He found an other girl, as I have understood. Also I have seen that he liked to drink an alcohol very very much, as many men in Russia do it, may be you know about it. I don't like this when men like to drink so much as my last boyfriend did it! I am non-drinking and non-smoking girl! Simply, I don't have a harmful habits! Also I want to say that on the words of my girlfriend Elena, the men from other countries, especially from England and USA, are very good, and they can to appreciate and to respect women as considerable men too. It's the opinion of Elena, and I want to agree with Elena completely. Elena has chosen her boyfriend Scott from England because she know england language a little. I speak England language, I can speak and write english language, and I have decided to find the man from USA and I have decided to write you, Dave. Well, Dave, let me to tell to you about me more... As I said you earlier, I'm 29 years old, my growth 5 ' 6, and I weigh about 57 kg, I am "Lion" on Zodiac, I was born on August, 1, 1975 :) And when you was born? What's an exact date of your Happy Birthday? Tell me, ok? I'm White Russian girl on nationality. On religion, I'm Christian (Russian Ortodox), and I believe in God Jesus. I have never been married and I don't have any kids, I am a single girl. I'm a sensitive, a kind-hearted, a thoughtful and easily amused. On opinion of my close friends and relatives, I'm a kind, jolly, clever and intelligent, purposeful, sociable. About my City where am I live? :) I would like to tell to you that I live in Kazan City here in Russia. Kazan is situated around 1,000 kilometers from our Russian Capital Moscow City. The time zone of Kazan is GMT+6. Our City Kazan is one of the beautiful cities of Russia, I like my wonderful City very much. There are many beautiful streets, squares and other sights in our city. But it's so cold here, the frosts force the people to go on the streets in the warm clothes, and what about your weather? Is it for cold or warmly? Most of all I want to say to you that my favorite season is the summer! I like when the sun shine on the streets, it are many votes of birds, it's romantically so much. And do you like summer? :) Also I would like to tell to you about my education. I have studied in a Kazan Polytechnical University. I have ended the university in 1996. Also I want to say to you that I have learned the English Language when I have studied in the university, I can speak English without any problems, I think so... But I can see that I'm making many orthographic mistakes, I think so, I hope that you'll can to understand my English without any problems? Really, Dave? Please, tell me about this in your next e-mails, ok? Also I would like to tell to you that after the finishing of the university, I have gotten a diploma of a speciality "The Book Keeping And Audit". But unfortunately I didn't need my education yet, because here in Russia, as in many other countries, it's very difficult to find a good job on a good speciality. Now I'm working as a waiter in the bar. I like to work here in our bar, and our visitors are a good clients. Also I want to say to you, that I have an access to Internet by the computer which is situated in an cabinet of our boss here in our bar, because I don't have a computer in my home, and I have asked the sanction at our director for my using of the Internet, and he permitted me to use the computer in a free time from my job. Wowww, I have written so much! I didn't think that I can to write about myself so much, really. Probably, I'm finishing my e-mail to you. Dave, I'll be grateful so much, if you'll write me about yourself so much, as I did it. I would like, if you'll tell me, for example, about your family, is your family large? About your city where are you living, I have never been in other countries and in USA too, and I'll be glad to know about your country. Ok, let me to finish my e-mail, I hope to see your answer soon! I'm attaching my photo, I hope you will find my photo good. Ok, good bye, Dave, hoping to see your message soon! Take care, Sincerely, Your new russian friend,
Hi my friend Dave! I'm glad so much to receive your answer again! It's very interesting for me to read your messages, from them we are learning more about ourself, and I begin know more about you, Dave. Dave yes at us it is still cold, but it will be fast warmly when the spring will come. My dear friend, of course, may be you want learn about our correspondence, about correspondence's essence too, really? As I want to tell that I have decided to get acquainted through an Internet due of my girlfriend Elena which one year back has gotten acquainted with the foreigner England Scott, I have said you about this earlier. Dave, may be, possible, we will together in the future time, may be I would like to look the marriage too, if you will want this, I don't want to hide this so important fact, but we must to learn more things about each other more and more, it will reasonably and correctly, really, Dave? I hope that you will agree with me with this fact too. Please, tell me about this, ok? But in my opinion, again and again, we must learn about each other more and more, I repeat this! Please, agree with me, Dave! My dearest friend Dave, I would like to tell you about my family. I want to say to you that I have a not big family too. This are my mom Marina, my daddy Pavel. On professions my mom is a seller in the shop, and my dad is an engineer on the factory. Our family are living without any conflicts too, we have a good understanding between our members of our family. As, I think, that my parents educated me good formation.I think that it's so good and I'm so proud that we have my mom and my daddy. Also I want to say to you that I live with my family in one apartment. Also I want to tell that I have consulted with my parents about the account my acquaintances with you through the Internet, they have estimated it as positively because they care about my future life of course. My parents would want that I have a happy life, and would want that I will find my man. As I told you earlier, I have never been married. As already I spoke to you earlier, I work as a waiter in the bar here in Kazan City. It's a perfect and cosy bar. My job is very pleasant for me, people in our city are kind, and visitors of the cafe are not roughness to us, certainly there are cases when the visitors are not correct with us and spoil mood, but it happens very seldom. I'm very interested to learn about your work, Dave, and what do you do in free from work time? During our weekends, in my free time, we are with my girlfriends, also with Scott and Elena sometime, go for a walk to the city, we like to sit in cafe too for a cup of tea. I like my girlfriends very much, especially my best girlfriend Elena. She is as native sister for me! By the way I want to say to you that Elena works as a waiter in our bar. Also I want to say to you that Elena and Scott are living in Kazan City now. Unfortunately it not on long as they want to go in travel and after that will move in England for the further residing there. Elena have visited Scott to Englandy at last time, Scott asked Elena to visit in Englandy him after that when they have understood that they love each other. I remember, Elena was so happy in this time. They lived together during two month in Englandy. And then they have came to Russia, to Kazan City too, simply,Elena said to Scott that she have missed about her parents, and that she want to visit on some time her parents, and they came to Kazan from Englandy. They are very happy together, they love each other very much, I envy to Elena and Scott slightly :) and also, of course, we meet with each other sometimes and spend a lot of time together. We are so good friends! Also I want to say to you that I have never been outside of Russia, I have never been in an other countries, but I would like to travel at once, it's so romantical, I think :) Well, Dave, I must to finish my e-mail to you, I hope that we will continue to correspond with each other and you will tell me much more about yourself, and I will try to tell about myself as more as possible in future e-mails. I want to ask you about more things, Dave, and I hope that you will understand my questions and will answer me for them. I want to learn more about your country, please, tell me about your family, about your friends. A great hello to you from my family, my friends Elena and Scott too. I hope to see your message soon. Bye-bye... GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR RUSSIAN FRIEND,
Hello, Dave! How are you doing? I'm doing fine! Thank you for your answer on my last e-mail so much, Dave. In my opinion, it's so wonderfully, that we are writing to each other, because from our messages we learn about each other more and more, really, Dave? I'm interested in our correspondence very much, it's very interesting to learn about you, about your life in your country, believe me, as a whole, I read your letters with a huge pleasure! Ok, Dave, I hope that it will be interesting for you to learn about my enthusiasmes, my favourite things as a whole :) From music??? :) I like to listen the russian and foreign musical executors. From Russian musical executors I like to listen the songs of the following groups 'Zemfira', 'Splin', 'Ariya', 'BI-2', and so on. Did you heared about this musical groups? Ok, from the foreign executors I like to listen 'Bon Jovi', 'U2', 'Cranberries', 'Scorpions','Elton John', and so on... In general, I like to listen good and modern music, Dave, and what kind of music do you like? It would be interesting to me to learn about it. Please, tell me, ok? From movies? I like to look the comedies, fantastic films, romanticism and so on. But very huge impressions shave left to me the films 'The Lord Of Rings', 'Harry Potter'. I hope what you looked these films? But especial impression was for me as the film 'The Patriot' by an actor Mel Gibson, where the war between England and America is described. This film has liked to me by that this film show the natural spirit of the patriotism, the love to a Native Land! I consider, that it's very important qualities, which should have all people on the world! Really? Dave, I hope that you looked this film too, and that you had a magnificent impressions from a viewing of this film. Mel Gibson has played his role as a talented actor on my opinion! I liked to look the film 'Cruel Intentions', on my opinion, it's very sensual and instructive film for all youth. Aslo from comedies I liked the film 'Me, Myself And Irene' by the comic actor Jim Carrey :) I hope that you looked this so ridiculous film :) From a fantasy, I liked film 'Planet Of The Apes', it's a very entertainment film in my opinion'. Also I want to tell to you, that I like to read the books, especially the literature of the domestic writers: Tolstoy, Chehov, Pushkin, and so on. But I was in huge delight from a reading of th book S. King 'The Dark Tower', in my opinion, it's very interesting book, where the main hero Roland is a purposeful man, he goes to the purpose, to a dark tower, and I like the quality of Roland is the purposefulness! I consider, that this one of the important qualities of any man. I hope what you will agree with me, really, Dave? About food? Ok, from the favourite food dishes, I want to allocate a fried potatoes, various kind of the soups, also I like a meat too, I don't want to hide it from you:) I like the fish and chicken very much, do you like the chicken? It's so tasty, really? Also I like a pizza very much. It's very tasty too, I like pizza with a cheese. I would like to say you that I like a fruit and vegetables, especially, an apple lemon, orange, banana, tomatoes, cucumbers and so on, there are many kinds of vitamins. Dave, do you like to cook? I cook not bad as my family and the friends said me at once :) Also about my favorite kind of sports, I like to sport very much, do you like it? In winter I like to ski, it's cool to be on the fresh air. Also I like to play on volley too. But most of all I like to aerobic, we are with my girlfriend Elena engaged by the aerobic in the free time, on my opinion, this kind of sport helps to support my body in the good form. Also I would like to say to you that I like to dance ball dances:) Have you ever danced the ball dance with any girl? ) It's so attractive and beautifully, really, Dave? I'm sure, that you would like to dance the ball dancing with me at once? :) It will be wonderful! Probably, in the future, we will dance the ball dancing with you, it would be cool! Really? :) About my hobbie? I like to collect various beautiful female magazines, about a style, about female life for example and so on. For a small period of the time, I have a large collection of different magazines. Simply, I like to read the best magazines. I would like to tell you about my dreams too. I'm dreami ng to drive a car in the future, it would be so cool and interesting By the way, my parents and friends ask about you all time:) Especially my parents, I have told to my parents, that you are decent and good man, my parents are very pleased to our qorrespondence on the Internet and our relations, Dave. My parents wish to us a good relations in the future, and it's possible, in the future, if we will be together in your country, they would want that we will be a magnificent pair too:) But remember, Dave! We should learn each other ever more and more! Really...? It's very important for me, Dave! The fact in that, if you know, that on the statistics, majority of a pairs are separated because they knew each other not enough, and I don't want to do a mistake at once, I hope that you will can to understand me, Dave, really? As I spoke you earlier, we must to learn about each other more and more from our e-mails. Dear Dave!!! Also I want to tell you, that I would like to speak with you by the phone at once, I hope, that it's a good idea, really, Dave? I want to hear your voice, Dave, I hope that you want to hear my voice too. But unfortunately, I don't have the telephone in our apartment, because it's very expensive to establish the telephone now in this time in Kazan City, but it will be possible, that may be through some months we will have the telephone. Also, I want to tell you, that I have interested at our director about using of the bar's telephone, but our director has told me, that the bar's telephone is for working needs for our institution! The director has told us, that the work personnel of bar can not use the telephone of bar for our individual purposes. Also I have asked to use the telephone at my friends, and Elena and Scott too, but all of them don't have the phone too, it's the difficult situation with the phone. From this, I have thought and I have come to the conclusion, I will can to call to you from the City's Kazan Telegraph, it's the best variant, Dave! Dearest Dave, you can give to me the number of your phone, I can call to you from the City's Telegraph, please give me your phone number, ok? I have a huge desire to hear your voice, Dave, I hope that you want to hear my voice too. Please, send me your phone number in your next e-mail, ok??? Please, don't forget, Dave! Dave, I can't believe, I have written to you such large e-mail. I hope, that it will be interesting to read about me more. Really? Dave, I would be grateful to you, if you will write to me in your next e-mail about your enthusiasmes, about your hobbies, what kind of music do you prefer? What kind of movies and another too? What is your favorite color too??? My favorite color is blue, it calms so much. By the way, my parents, and my friends ask me again to say to you a great greetings from them! It's as usual. Dave, I will wait for your next e-mails! Dave, please, write me as soon as possible! Ok? Good-bye, see you soon. My best regards to you, your friend,
And the latest, number 10; no photo this time:
Good afternoon mine love Dave! In your letter I have seen a lot of your love to me! Dave many thanks for fine pictures. I very much appreciate it! But you would know, how hardly to me to write this letter. I today called in the foreign 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, a total cost of the visa of 390 American dollars, the visa costs only 65 dollars, but plus to this it is necessary to pay 150 dollars on consular gathering and as on medical insurance and all this together makes about 390 dollars when to me have told this price, at me on cheeks flew tears I explained them, that Dave, he is that person without which I I can not to live, and I very much would like it to see, they have answered me, that anything do 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 loved, 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, Bank Kazanskiy Gvardeiskaya, 35, for name Ekaterina Efremova, 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 Ekaterina.
From: Ekaterina [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org], Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 6:10 AM
My love Jim! Today I went to visas firm. I was told that my visa was ready at last, I was most happy the woman at that time. I also reserve tickets. The number of the flight on which I reserve the ticket, it would be on the April, 11: 9:20 am Depart Moscow (SVO) Aeroflot-Russian International Airlines 317, Arrive Phoenix (PHX) 9:49 pm Delta 752. My returning to Russia in 34 days, but I think information on it is not necessary for you. I reserve the cheapest ticket to Phoenix and cost 1039.86 American dollars. But I had no this money. Probably I not was in a similar situation, but I recently bought new TV. So I went to pawnshop and pawned silver and gold embellishments which I had from my mom. I with tears on eyes, pawned my jewelry which were unique memory of my mom, but all this for the sake of you. I got 190 USD But it is not enough for full cost of the ticket. I have paid in whole 580 USD. It was my last money. It is very difficult for me to tell you about it. But I have done everything I can. I paid visa, passport for travel abroad, payment for medical survey, etc. I have bought the ticket on a train up to Moscow. I paid a part of the ticket. But this money is not enough. I don't want to burden you. I want to reach you with my own money but unfortunately I have failed. Now I have to pay the remaining part. It is only 460 USD. I must pay this money before March, 24, Otherwise I will lose my money and reserve ticket. If you love me, and if you want to see me soon, please, send the money for the ticket before March, 24, morning. I understand that it is a difficult decision for you. Of course if you don't want you can not help me. It is bad but not fatal. I will lose my money and our meeting. I speak so because I am in despair and confusion. Now, when we are divided only with one step, I am afraid. I am afraid that you will not help, and all my diligence will be gone. I love you and I want to be with you. I have not calculated my forces. But together we are much stronger. It is much easier to go through difficulties and barrier together. I want to present you all my infinite love and fidelity. I did not want to ask you. I thought, that I can make all itself. The loneliness has made me strong. I have got used to live without the help, and to rely only on myself. I very seldom address to somebody for the help, but now I ask you to help me. I THINK, BOTH OF US WANT THIS MEETING, means also charges we should divide for two. I THINK IT FAIRLY. I have made a step forward. Make also you a step towards to me. I hope that has not offended you. I love you and I trust. I know, that you will not throw me now when there is only one step. My love is boundless to you. I am confident, your love to me too. The love is not measured in money, money it only a small problem for us now. Tell me Jim, can you help me? If you have an opportunity please help me. If you have really decided to send me of money. I have found out about the western union (It is company the engaged money transfer). Western Union has website, called www.westernunion.com. Probably it will help you with the greater information on it. the western union to Kasli city (It is the nearest city to me where I can use services of the western union). You can send money to this address: KASLI, RUSSIAN FEDERATION 456830, CHELINDBANK, MARXA, 82 street For Ekaterina Gulyanava. TO GET THE MONEY, I SHOULD TELL THE EMPLOYEE OF BANK :
1 your full name
2 your full address
3 exact amount money
4 confidential numbers (Money Transfer Control Number), which will be given to you, when you send the money. Without this information, I shall be not capable to receive money. Forever yours Ekaterina.
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