Anna Kouminowa (Moscow, Russia)
I am a Single White American Male aged 41yrs. I live alone and I am self employed.
I am still in contact with this scammer. I signed up at a dating site called mingle2.com on about August 29th 2008. The scammer initially contacted me a week ago on September 21st 2008. She had the same story as many here on the blacklist, she said she got my info from a girl she knew there in Russia and picked me by chance.
She has just now requested money because she made her trip to Moscow and she needs $900.00 USD wired to her via Western Union to be able to fly to my hometown. The name she used is Ann Kouminowa.
I am still in contact and I have said that I will send her the money just to play with her. I have already contacted western union spoofs.
P.S. I am not sure I should tell this but I want to let you know if you don't like me when I come I will not bother you and it is only your choice to spend time with me or not. I know you may be too busy, and in any case I will return the money back. I can have a room for rent if I want, a job and I want to say please don't worry I don't want to use you just to reach my goal. I am sure when we meet we will have no regrets about it, I promise. Please, don't leave me alone I've done so much to start this trip and I don't want to give up. And I can stay more than six months, I can stay longer and I can prolong my visa. I want to get to know you better..... to learn more things about you, to touch your hand.. look in your eyes...
A few picks of the scammer are enclose, I have seen her in the Black List back in August 2008.
Thank you for the work you are doing and I hope these scammers get busted. Mike
Here is her first email to me:
It is dated Sunday, September 21, 2008
Hi! Thank's a lot for your answer!
I could not answer you earlier. I did not see your letter. It has been placed in spam folder.
I do not know why it happens. Probably it is a mistake of a server. I will disconnect spam filter.
I'm not sure what could I write for the first time, I'm sending my photos...
I have many photos, sorry I don't have any professional one, just usual photos. Let me know and I can send more pics!
I'm looking forward to visiting your beautiful country and I would like to find a man over there who will be interested in meeting me!
I've never been abroad before and I would like to visit it so much!
I'm looking for a friend, lover or maybe even something serious...
I'm a free bird now, I don't have a boyfriend and I'm open to anything!!! Pls send me your photos and write me about yourself!!!!
I would like to have a serious relationship although I don't know if that's possible in internet so I'm looking just for a good man who can show me over there and....... we will see!!!!!!!! I hope you like my pics!
I`m 26 years old, I hope my age is ok for you?? My height is 5.6
May I hope that you will write me back? I hope so much!
Also I hope I'm your type of girl, I'm not sure you like Slavic appearance!!
OK, I will wait for your answer. When I hear back from you I will write more things about myself and send more pics!
Anna (this is my real name
And her latest Email to me:
It is dated September 29th 2008
Hello dear Mike!!!
Here is the info, about my flight, that I was given in agency:
Information for Anna Kouminowa
Kind regards,"Melita Travel", 108544, Moscow, Bolshaya Tulskaya 17, office 11. e-mail:
Please use our service. Manager: Mr.Ivan Petrov
Flight, October 5, 2008
1. Moscow/Atlanta DL047 Flight duration: 11h 35
Delta Air Lines
12:55 Moscow (SVO), Russia , Sheremetyevo International terminal 2
16:30 Atlanta , GA (ATL), USA , Hartsfield Jackson terminal S
Change of plane required. Stop duration: 2h 05
2. Atlanta/Kansas City DL1587 Flight duration: 2h 12
Delta Air Lines
18:35 Atlanta , GA (ATL), USA , Hartsfield Jackson terminal S
19:47 Kansas City , MO (MCI), USA , Kansas City International terminal B
Return flight, January 4, 2009
1. Kansas City/Chicago AA530 Flight duration: 1h 30
14:05 Kansas City , MO (MCI), USA , Kansas City International terminal C
15:35 Chicago , IL (ORD), USA , O'Hare International terminal 3
Change of plane required. Stop duration: 2h 00
2. Chicago/Moscow AA158 Flight duration: 9h 45
17:35 Chicago , IL (ORD), USA , O'Hare International terminal 3
12:20 Moscow (DME), Russia , Domodedovo terminal
Price: foreign passport,visa,tax,consulate fee,ticket Eco.class.USD 1790.00+
I've got all the information and I'm resending it for you!! You see after my visit to the consulate and to the agency I am so happy to say we will meet in few days!!!! I am really lucky girl to meet you. Honey the thing is that I booked the nearest possible flight. I need some of your help. there is one small problem but I am sure we will be able to solve it. I wanted to ask you to help me to pay for my tickets directly but they tell I can't use your help or ask you about sending me tickets because I have a permission to use the help of the travel agency only because they do all travel things and it is their business to arrange all travel things for my trip, such is the law. It is not possible to get a work visa without the help of the agency, they have too strict rules of getting visas.
I was sure my mom will help me because she promised but now she sent a letter explaining it is possible only in few months or so because of our family problems. She can't send a transfer now. I was in the bank to try to ask them a loan but they said I need to have a registration in Moscow to get a loan from their bank and I don't have it! I think it is not great problem for you to help me. I even hope maybe it will be pleasure to help me because you are my knight, right? after all payments here and my flight from Chelyabinsk I have about 900 dollars of my own money and I need about 950 US dollars from your side because I have to pay for my tickets and few more things, and I have to pay in advance about 1790 dollars. The tickets are roundtrip and this price includes all arrangements of documents and everything. Honey, I've been told fuel fees and tickets and everything became more expensive and I didn't expect it............
I have to be sure that I will be able to book my tickets or I will lose all the money I gave them in advance. I'm not going to ask one more time for your help, you see I am in such situation... I will be waiting for your answer. I know it sounds like I am a poor outsider but you see I don't have enough time to find the money I need and find somebody to help me, you know my mom gave me all she could collect for my travel. I hate to ask but now I don't have any other choice. I need some help from you, please help me to leave Moscow and it is all I ask now and you know I am full of the love to share with you. Kiss you, counting days and minutes before our meeting. You know it is only money, and I think it is not too hard for you to help me, you see I have such chance only once in my life. I know you are a kind man and I hope you will be able to help me. I promise I will return all the money and I will earn money because I am ready to work as hard as I can! You know my rent address here is Russia, Moscow, Velozavodskaya, Street 48, flat - 21. Remember my full name is Anna- (first name) Kouminowa-(last name). It is right writing in English, and you should put it on western union list and you can choose any bank in Moscow, they tell it is international service and I can pick up the money at any bank of Moscow. They said I can get only western union transfer because I have not any bank accounts in Moscow and I have only passport and it is enough to get it!
If you need the address of Western Union in Moscow is
MOSCOW INDUSTRIAL BANK
Actually I've been told you can send it to any of their offices. I can call you as soon as I receive the transfer to let you know about it. And please after you complete a transfer write me the number of your transfer, I'm not sure how it's call but they will give you a number of your transfer.
Million of Kisses,
Svetlana Zelenina (Russia)
She did not get one dime from me. I have searched and not seen her photo anywhere so I am getting the emails and photos out to you and several other scam alert agencies.
She contacted me after I emailed a woman on craigslist.com The first indication this was a scam was the first photo she sent was different than the one I replied to at Craigslist.com
Hello my friend
I am so happy to see that you have decided to reply,I see it is very short letter.It is all right because you are astonished to get my letter.
I want you to know that I have only good intentions and I have not any secrets.
The thing is that I will work in your country for three months or so and I would like to meet a nice man to fall in love or just be closest friends.
I don't want to live in Russia because I have not any chances here,it is hardly possible to explain from first time but I want you to know my plans.I will work in any shop, bar or restaurant the agency that i am going through will suggest me some locations. It will be my choice in the end as to what option to go for.
So I will have a simple work till I improve my English. And I can choose any town of your area,agency will only help me to get a visa and all travel documents + some suggested placed to work in. My best friend last year met the man from the USA when she worked there for three months, too. She had two jobs. From morning till 4 pm she worked in amusement park and after it she worked as a waitress in some bar till midnight. She was very tired of course but made very good money there.
It is special programm for young people who wants to work abroad and I think it is the right way for me ,I am lost here,and I think that I look pretty enough to find a better place .I want to repeat the same way,it is only my chance to meet a nice man.I want to work in USA or in Europe or any nice country. I am full of plans and different dreams and I want to share my life with good man because I'm also full of love and tenderness,I know that I am not so beautiful like Hollywood Princess but I do hope to meet my Prince and I am sure he will be not be disappoined to meet me in the real life! This is why I am going to go through the same way.
Well,I will close this letter and I do hope to get your reply.
I will leave russia in two weeks or so (I can't tell you everything exactly right now) and I would like to be sure that I have the man who waits for me there. I will work all day and I want to find a man to spend all free time together to get to know each other better.if you have any interest to meet me I will be more than happy to meet you too.
I will tell you all details about me and my life if you like my pictures and want to meet me! please send picture of you too!!!
Now I write you from my personal mailbox, please write me back here and here only. I will be checking it often.
Kiss you ,Svetlana (this is my name)!
Email 2 -
Hello my dear , thank you for your kind letter!
At first I think I have to say that I am new in cyber space and I have only good intentions. you should know that I am not very good writer in english,please be patient to read my messages and see many mistakes.to be fair I don't know what you want to know about me,in principle I am usual girl.I think I should tell you about me, my interests,tastes and hobbies.I think I will tell you about things I want to know about you and you will know my future questions.
I am 25 years old,my birthday is 30 September 1982.
I so much don't want to get older ,when I can see old women I am getting crazy to think that it is my future .I do all the best to keep my youth and I keep my body well.In spite of all difficultes here I am trying to be in good condition and I do a lot of exercises to be in good shape!
I am about 174 cm tall (5.7) and my weight is about 56 kg. I've been told I look well enough , and I think that all women have own beaty. I have never been married and I don`t have chldren.
I have one youngest sisters and it is great problem for us because we have only two rooms flat.you can't imagine what does it mean to be born in small town in Russia,there are not any chances to live well,to get a good job.All young people leave towns to search great luck in big cities but nobody waits for them there. I want to leave Russia,I know it sounds ugly but I know that I will be lost here like many young girls before me.
It is not place to grow children and have stable future.I want to meet my right man .
I think in future I can work as fitness trainer I have a certificate.
My mother is my great problem too,she has a great dream to see me married and she wants to make me happy but I think it is only my business I am not a little child. She tells me every day that I should get married very soon...
To be fair I am not sure I am able to explain all in first message I want to say so much!
I just want you to know that I am not afraid to work,I am fairly goal oriented and I am sure you will be not disappoined to meet me in real life.I am going to spend three months abroad to work in any good place,agency promises to help me because it is only the way I can leave Russia.I will have all documents to travel in a few days and i will travel to moscow then,from moscow I will travel to you and they ask me about name of the city i am going to work,if you don't mind to meet me please tell me the name of your city and nearest international airport! I will book my flight from moscow!
I think it would be so great to meet my love and stay there forever.I know that it is not so easy like I think but I think it is possible that I meat my real love.
I want to love and to be loved I want to build our own happiness,only me and my man there.
I don't smoke,I tried to smoke when I was younger.I may have a glass of red dry vine,sometimes it helps to relax. I try to take care of my body and face. I know it is all I have. My soul may have any itnterst for you later, I thinkso.I am not a little girl and I know that at first almost all men look at body ,legs and face.God created males such persons.
I belive in love and for me doesn't important age of men who i will love.
Because i know that love is a feeling without any stereotype.
Well,I think I am lost in my letter,I am not sure you understand my goals,please feel free to ask.
I live in Russia,town Lobanovo, Pushkina street 12,it is near big industrial city Perm.
My town is rather far from Moscow. Moscow is a capital of my country.
I want you to reply if you understand my mind,my intentions,my soul,if not please reply too,I will continue my searching. Well,I will close this letter,I think you are tired to read it.and If you think that I should write shorter letters please tell me. I write from internet cafe in Perm because there are not cafes and possibility to use internet in my small town,we have 4 digital phone number and we can't call abroad.Even to call in any big town here in Russia I have to order the call in advance.and I would like to say please don't worry if I keep silence sometimes I have no time to travel ,it is about 50 minutes by bus from my town till Perm!
Please tell me more about you,your tastes,likes and dislikes .also I have a few impotant questions----do you like strong drinks too much?can you be very drunk?very ofthen?can you be rude with women?
Well,I have to stop or I will write without ending.Kiss you !see you later. In my next e-mail I will write you more things about myself and more details about my trip and work.
Email 3 –
Hello my lovely knight in the shining armor!
I am so glad to see your letter again,I think I am a lucky girl to meet such man and I will do my best to meet you in real life!
you know I can work in any city of your area because it is free choice and agency only helps me to get only travel documents (work visa)and ticket, and I do hope that we will like each other and now I have the destination. The agency will also suggest some places to work in.
I do hope I have met my right man!you know I have told you before one of my friend worked abroad last year and have met right man,now they live there and they are going to marry. by the way now they are arranging the trip to Russia,(he wants to meet her parents and friends)I think if I feel that you are my dream and you have the same feelings we could think about our future together. if not I will just work and return back when the time to travel back.
you know I am new here and I am afraid to make any mistake. I have one great lack,I am very impatient sometimes I can act without thinking. Sometimes I think that my dream is getting for real and it is so bad to be disappointed later.
I want you to know all small things about me because it shouldn't be any misunderstandings between us.
I want you to know that I am not angel and sometimes I can show my character.And I don't wait that you to be angel too, I just want to meet a kind man .
I am very kind and I can forgive almost all I can't forgive if my man sleep with different woman, I don't know many nessesary words in english.
I hope you can read between lines. A little more about myself!
I've been modeling for some time. I am sending you my professional photos.
my favorite activity is swimming. I like to swim in the Swimming pool very much. I wish we had the sea here! I like the sea! We have the sea near us but it is very cold one and It is impossible to swim. We do have some lakes though. Sometimes I think that I was the fish in past life. I wanted to be as swim trainer but I've been told that I will have ugly body with too wide shoulders.
I finished The Perm State Univercity, trainers faculty as fitness trainer but I don't work on my profession because there are no good fintess clubs in my city, I used to sit at home and to do all housework,helping my mom. I would like to have good job,I may work dancing teacher, or trainer of fitness,you know I have a certificate.
I worked as a trainer a year ago . and I would like to do it again .you know how many more younger girls want to get this job too!Alot of competition here. I want to tell you about things I like:
I like to make barbecue and I so much want to have my own home with fireplace.
usually I make very tasty ones and in principle I like to cook and it is not problem for me to cook something tasty and I don't like to visit cafes and restaurants ,at first usually they can't cook weel(maybe only here) and second too high price.
I like warm weather. and my great dream is to live somewhere on tropical island.
Also I want to tell you about my dislikes: I hate our long winters it seems to me they will never end.
I hate lies and unfaithfulness. I hate evil people and politicans I think they like to play wars, I hate any wars.
What I like in a man: faithfulness, honesty. He has to be open- minded and open-hearted, also easy-going. and much more important he is kind,kindness makes our world!
are you kind?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
I think my man should be kind ,it is great feeling after love,only kind person may be happy,all rude people are unhappy.
or must be. A few questions yet, agency tells that I will have a room in nearest hotel near my future work but if we like each other may be is it possible to live together?
I think we will enjoy life together. do you have your car?animals? I can't drive and I do hope you give me a few lessons, to be fair I have so many plans .I will find out all travel details about my flight this week. I will leave my town today in a two hours and i think I will be not able to write to you today or so. When I am in Moscow I will send you short letter to let you know that I am all right and they tell that it takes about two days to get all nesseary papers, please confirm your phone number and international airport, I want to be sure I have all your details and Please don't look at different girls. I am the best(joke).
Well, I will close this letter I think I am bore today,and please feel free to ask. See you soon!I can't believe everything is for real.
to be fair I am lost and my head is like any big station with a lot of voice!
KISS and LOVE Svetlana!
Email 4 –
My honey!!!!!!!!!!! I like your letter in russian) it is me,can you believe I am in Moscow.
I can't believe ,it was wonderful flight and they gave red vine in plane,wow,I have never tried such tasty one!!!!!
I was in travel agency today, but my documents are not ready yet, it will be ready in 2 days.
So in 2 days I will go to travel agency again to get all info about my trip.
And of course, when I will get it - I will send it to you!
It is such great city
and it takes a few hours to travel from one end to other. I took a taxi from the aiport to the flat i rented for few days.
They have such nice taxis ,it is Ford - Focus -not new one (1998 ) it was so nice jorney from airport to the flat.
So comfortable car,I have never been into such car!
Taxi driver showed me some nice places in Moscow while he was taking me down to the flat. Such a great city it is. I have no words to explain.
you can't imagine how great Moscow is,to be fair I wouldn't like to live here,a lot of cars,people , voice and pollution.Ugly traffic and people with crazy eyes.
When I get off plane in airport Moscow policeman asked about passport and he looked at me like I am any enemy, I think all people here are a little crazy at terrorism.
Life here in Moscow is expensive. I was going through some shops today and it is much more expensive than in our town. Food and all the general things. It is the same country but different prices, what a great change.
I think people living in Moscow are very cautious ,I think so.
But I think that I have done my choice and to be fair I don't want to live here,it is not the city of my dreams.
you know I am not coward I am not afraid I know it is my chance to meet kind man .I do hope I am right.
and I think you are too kind to make any bad things I feel it.
Well,I will close this letter ,please write as soon as possible!see you soon!KISS . Great kiss from moscow!!!!!!!!!!Svetlana!
ps. I have some more photo of me for you!!
Email 5 –
Hello my honey !
This is Svetlana again, so I write you from Moscow internet cafe.
here are too many people as I wrote you and that's very unusual for me. Today I went to cinema and watched "Wall-E" recommend this movie so much.
It's very kind movie!!!!!
Also I liked that cinema in Moscow, it's very big!i've never been to such big cinema. Soon I will go to Museum and tomorrow I will go to the Mossovet theatre so maybe I will not have enough time to write you. I already bought tickets to the theatre, the play is called Cherry Garden (or Orchard, I'm not sure how to write it in Eglish). It was staged on a book of famous Russian writer Anton Pavlovich Chehov.
I think I will like this play. I've been told there will play very good actors Kondratieva and Ostroumova. I'm sure you've never heard of them but that's OK. Have you ever heard about Chehov?
OK, I have to go now... I will write you more as soon as I can. If I can't write you tomnorrow I will write you the day after tomorrow after I visit the travel agency.
I already miss you!!!!
Email 6 –
Don dear hello,
it is me again and I want you to know that you can't imagine how happy I am.
I have a schedule of my flight.you can't imagine how much crazy Moscow is. It is great fear to live here I think so!Our small town is more friendly . well,about our business, I tasted my blood,such rule for foreign visitors wanting to visit your country!Thanks God I am in good health, all of my tests are all right,I only need some vitamins I think it is the bad foods and long winters problem.I have to eat much more fruits and vegetables.The doctor said!
well,here is all info ,I do hope we will together in a few days!
Info from agency!
Information for ZELENINA SVETLANA
"WorldTravel",Sharapov Aleksei. 9710768 Moscow, Lomonosova street 23,office 35.
Flight Information – Sat 4 Oct 2008
Flights 62 Departs: 10:30 Domodedovo (DME)
Arrives: 13:50 George Bush Intcntl (IAH)
Coach | Fare code: Y | 12h 20m
Please use our service .
Best regards.Manager Sharapov Aleksei.
Price: USD 1290.00+
Honey I am so glad to see that I am almost near my goal,and our meeting wait for us.
I think I will call you from airport and I will wait for you there so long as you need,I mean if you need any time to arrive in airport.
it is not problem to wait there because I know that it is the end of my trip and I have time to improve my condition(some parfume)after long jorney.I want you to see me in good shape!
I think everything will be all right.Rather I am sure everything will be all right!.
My Dear, they have told in travel office that I have to show tickets when I will visit embassy after tomorrow before my flight.
People from embassy must be sure that I am not going to stay illegally in your country and I have tickets with returning data.it is very strong rule. I have some money but my flight from Perm to Moscow costed so much(about 500$) because so many kilometrs from there to Moscow.
I didn't guess that tickets costs so much.
and I have to book tickets till in less than 2 days ,because of my interview. May be you could borrow some money?I am sure I will be able to return it back in a few weeks after my arriving I will earn some money and at first to return all money to you.
in Agency they have told me that you may send it by Western Union.
It is pretty easy to use. The guy from the agency explained to me how their system works. It is instant worldwide money transfer system. All you need is my name and my surname to send me the money. Once you do this , I'll be able to pickup the money in any local Western Unuion office in Moscow.
We need to do it pretty fast,
because we have no time till my intervew,if everything will be all right I will be on this flight!
I have about 400 US dollars yet and I think I need about 890 US dollars from your side with all travel needs and living here till my flight!If everything will be all right between us I can stay with you longer than three months,maximum I can stay about 6 months for first time! We should change only the date of my returning flight.
Or I can return earlier if something is wrong!
Here is more info about Western Union. You find any local Western Union agent, go there and send money to my name. Western Union will ask you for my full name and address in Moscow where I am staying at. Once you give them all the info they will initiate the transfer. In just less than 10 minutes I will be able to pick the money up at any Western Union agent here in moscow.
you will send me transfer info and MTCN( money transfer control number ) I will get cash. So I will need your full name and your address + the control number of the transfer.
Kiss you many times ,I am tired today,you know it is hard enough to be in foreign city. So many different emotions .
Kiss you many times! Svetlana! see you soon!
Ah, silly me. Nearly forgot to give you my full name info and my address.
My address here (the flat i am renting)
is Russia, Moscow, Elcina street, build 56 flat 34.
(right writting in English) ZELENINA SVETLANA I am sorry to send so dry letter but it seems to me I am like any drunker I have lost my mind and my head works so badly,see you tomorrow. I am sorry to make so many problems for you I only hope that you will be not disappoined to meet me.