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Black List - page 5: INDIVIDUALS

Profiles from Lugansk at

Hello, I wanted to let you know about a slew of scam profiles posted as bait in Scammers are using for their mail, also may be or any other free service. The postings from Ukraine, in particular Lugansk are a mine field of scam profiles. The agency of Translation will contact you with your first or second letter requesting money for translations. Be warned. I have hit on several, mostly for fun after I was taken the first time. These are not real women....its Yuri.

Michael Tomlinson

Elena Kiseleva

Hello, My name is Steve, I am from the U.S.A. and I started to correspond with a women in the Ukraine, I did however run across your site after the first letter and was a lot wiser after that. I picked a girl from the AOL personals who called herself " (Elena Kiseleva). Her profile was nice and she appeared to be a sincere woman. I became suspicious after her response telling me that she had not corresponded with anyone else before and that I should ask her what ever I wanted to know, because she was new to this, assuring me that she was an honest person and would only answer honestly no matter what. So after a second response from her with no answers to the questions I had asked and after reading your site I decided to try something to see if she was genuine. I wrote to her under another name and found out that the responses to that name were exactly the same form letters that I had been receiving when I wrote her my original real name. I continued to do this about 4 more times and each time each response was the same even though I had asked different things under the different names. She sends the same letters to everyone, in the last one I and My other name were sent an address , which is a P.O. box in Odessa and a telephone number for her "Mobile Phone " . This letter once again was very vague, and again not answering anything specific that I had asked, I am grateful to you for your website and think everyone should read it before they fall into something that they believe is an honest relationship..

Thanks Again! 


You may want to let others know about this and if they have suspicions, try 
the multiple name game.

Elena Kiseleva (Kremenchug)

Dear Sirs;

I would like to warn other men about a woman, Elena Kiseleva, from Kremenchug in the Ukraine. In February of 2000 I went to Kremenchug after corresponding with Elena for 4 months and had a great time while I was there. I should have suspected and I guess I did but was blinded by lust because within 4 hours of meeting her for the first time we were in bed. After I got back to the U.S. I started the finance process and everything was going fast and fine but then when the embassy in Warsaw got the application she started making excuses to wait, her ex-husband wanted to take the kid on holiday then the place she applied for a visa stole her money then she had to find her father that after I sent 150 dollars 3 different times through western union then she quit writing and I gave up trying to contact her but I did not give up on the idea of getting a Russian bride I just picked the wrong one so I joined and I ran across Elena's profile there and it had been there since she was writing to me her kiss number is 2676639 and she also used the name Elena Trocenko. I have seen 3 other women on this site advertised on the Peoplehelpers site.


Larisa Skorenko (Kremenchug) - 1

I had already registered with an agency when I came across your site. I had just begun corresponding with a woman from Ukraine when in her 2nd letter she asked for money for correspondence. I said "no" and in her next letter she did everything from pleading to insults to questioning my manhood if I didn't send the money. I already knew she was scamming, but your site informed me of some other scams I hadn't thought of. I don't have her email address anymore, if I had known about your site earlier I would have saved it. Her name was allegedly Larisa Skorenko and was supposed to be from near Kremenchburg, Ukraine. Her partial email (from what I remember) was sure the rest. I am now informing the agency and will see what their reaction is.

Clinton Carey*

Larisa Skorenko (Kremenchburg) - 2

Hi there,

I too, began my search for a Russian lady 1 month ago.  I wasted time but fortunately no money thanks to your site.  I have replied to a lady that goes by the name Larisa Skorenko she was supposed to be from Kremenchburg. Her email address was Her profile was listed at (not anymore). She asked me for money in the second letter and I said no. She then sent me a letter insulting me and she said that I must send her the money. I have read at your site that she scammed another gentleman listed on your site. His story is very similar to mine. I am forwarding the letter and the pictures that she just sent me.  I hope we can stop her from playing with people hearts and feelings.

Thank you, 

Dear Michael!

You write of not believing in people after experience with those two ladies. But how can I trust you? I wrote that I was once lied  and can't trust just words, though they can be insincere and true. Our girls go to Internet - cafe to send letters to there Loved and only. They spend much money and time for it as Internet-cafe isn't close to their house. They can't afford all necessary things to send letters to their Loved. They also do not buy to their child things he needs. It can be sometimes fruits, milk, cloth... Do you understand it? And what happens next? This only and Loved man disappears forever without writing a word of the course. May be he found other woman or he just changed his mind. Who suffered in this situation? How do you think?

Dear Michael!! This money which are necessary for  women are really the last ones. They are so necessary for their child's and her lives. At the same time for you, men they are really not the big sum of money.  You want to say me that you want to feel yourself a real man, making her to spend all the money for corresponding but to reject herself in everything for her and her child. 

Do you consider it to be not selfishness? I didn't like men who can't support woman, who want to have some women at once and who think that they are more clever then somebody. I hope this letter didn't offend you, my Dear! I'm sorry but you may have not think it over. 

David! If you really want to help me with a payment of our correspondence, I will thankful to you. Transfer is better to do with system Western Union to my full name - Larisa Skorenko, town of Kremenchug, Poltava area, Ukraine. My adddress - 1905 str. 4-40. Our correspondence cost about 80$ in month. Next letter you must sent me cod transfer, your full name and sum.

Nice! I will be very happy if you love Nika. She is very beautiful child, so tender girl. I very love her and I have nothing  in this life without her. I think that you understand, how is important your love to her. I kiss you and wait your letter.

With love.

Larisa Sorenko (Dyrty) / Poltava (Kremenchug)

If not for my finding this BLACKLIST I would have become another victim of a woman whom I found mentioned three times on this site. The first time I saw reference to her on this site I thought; 'Gee, this guy just isn't giving the poor girl a break!' The second time I saw her name mentioned I thought; 'Whoa, what did this guy do to her to deserve this!'. The third time? Hey, she's attractive, and makes you feels like 'you are the one'. She cries that all these guys who write to her are cheaters, treacherous, untrue, and how happy she's finally found you! Sounding familiar. She then tells you how words are meaningless, actions are genuine. So, she says, if you want to show your seriousness in me your actions to pay for my internet-cafe fees would be proof of your seriousness. This is from her first letter to me. Hey, she's already convinced me that I'm the one for her, and that her internet-cafe fees couldn't be more per month than one date with a western woman, unless you took her to McDonalds and rented a movie, so I mailed her a letter agreeing to do so.

After I mailed the letter, I realized I was about to break the golden rule stipulated by most reputable marriage agencies, 'Inform them when a lady requests money!' I then began my search and found this website. You can imagine my reaction when her name was mentioned three times. Her name; Larisa Sorenko, at least that's what this site listed her last name as. But the service I used to contact her, which I won't mention until I hear back from them concerning my letter of concern, had her listed as Larisa Dyrty. But the e-mail was identical,, and the pictures were definitely of her. As you can see by the pictures she sent me of her daughter, and the pictures she sent to the other gentlemen, her daughter appears to be at least two years older in the more recent photos. Guess she's been at it quite some time. Now I know her game, or at least I suspect her game, so when she e-mails me the second letter, which I have provided her, I compare it to the second letter sent into this website by the same gentlemen who sent her other photos. You will notice the last two paragraphs, with the exception of the name, are identical. Verbatim! Now I know the scam. But according to western due process I give her a chance. 

Rather than agreeing to a Western Union arrangement, I politely tell her that both my accountant and banker tell me such an arrangement is not an option under the circumstances. But would she please send me the e-mail address of her 'Internet-Cafe' and I would arrange to pay for all her correspondence to 'me'. Or if this was not possible, I asked her to send me information on the local branch of a major bank which had a USA corresponding bank and I would open an account there and make payment from that account. As my sister is a bank manager and deals regularly with both domestic and foreign wire transfers I knew the procedure was, and is, possible, and explained what I needed in simple terms to Larisa. Unlike the other gentlemen who received nasty letters from her because of their reluctance to pay her internet fees, I simply have not received anything from her. Guess she, or whoever maintains her e-mail account, does not know how to respond to a legitimate offer. It's been a week and no response. Think I'll get one? Think I hope I get one? Actually, I hope I do receive another e-mail from her, fight fire with fire. I will continually request additional, pertinent information from her until she can no longer afford to use her service, or she finally realizes I'm not an easy 'mark'. I also paid and registered with Kiss--Com to investigate her profiles further after seeing reference to her using this service on this site. I found her on Kiss with four different profiles. Between Kiss and the other agency, this woman has used variances in her first name, Nika or Larisa, her last name, Dyrty or Sorenko, her marital status, divorced or widowed, her home town, Poltava or Kremenchug, her education level, university or technical school, her flat address, and other variables. I e-mailed Kiss and explained to them the situation, and to their credit they responded immediately, thanked me, and removed all four of the profiles I pointed out to them. I'm still waiting for a reply from the other site. If agencies such as Kiss are not informed of such unscrupulous activities it is hard to blame them for the fraudulent actions of a few of their members. To eliminate all Russian and Ukranian ladies from their site would be unjust to the innocent.

In my opinion, anyone who feels a need to send money to a lady whom they are certain is genuine, with sincere interests in them, then they should consider opening a bank account in the ladies home town. The process can take approximately three weeks, as signed documents need to be snail mailed, but if you're looking at a lifetime with her what's three weeks? Also, this account can name you and her as beneficiary and you can make it a non-cash account, meaning, any transfer of funds must be done directly to the receiving party and you then have records of the expenses to examine for yourself. You can also set it up to require your authorization to make any transfer whatsoever. Basically, you can add most any by-law to the account you feel necessary or comfortable with. If the lady does not agree to these terms, which I feel are quite generous since you have not actually met her physically, then perhaps her intentions are not sincere at all. Anyway, this is the second letter I received from Larisa, or Nika, or whomever. Also I might add, none of my specific questions were ever answered, as seems to be the case with most scammers; (I still smile at myself realizing she knew exactly what I wanted to hear. She made me forget one of my philosophies; 'Don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see!')

John Doe, USA
Caveat Emptor!

PS The following information is what I've found concerning opening bank accounts; For Ukrainian list of corresponding foreign banks;, it lists several options. Also, Ellips Bank of Nizhny Novgorod offers online applications for new accounts. I cannot comment on the credibility of either site, and as you may already know, my sister does tell me it is illegal to take Russian or Ukrainian currency out of the country, it must be first converted to a foreign currency. People who consider opening an account should use discretion and the assistance of their own personal bank, and make sure the bank they deal with in Russia or Ukraine does have a 'US corresponding Bank' affiliate. Wire transfers of funds to Russian and Ukrainian banks is, according to my sister, quite common.

Tanya (

Hi there,

I am also forwarding a letter I received from a lady that I wrote.  She goes by the name Tanya, from Svetlovodsk, Ukraine.  She asked me for money in her second letter and I said no. Here's  her reply and also I am attaching her picture.  I also found out that she has her profile listed at 3 different sites.  I Believe it is a scam. Her address was

Thank you.

Dear  Mike!

I wrote you that our letting costs too much for me. That's why I shall be
very grateful to you so as you help me to pay for it. It will the evidence that
you are really interesting in me and these are not only the words on the papers. I prefer to make an opinion about the man with help of his actions. I think it's true because you can tell me everything what do you want but it doesn't mean that it's real truth. I hope that you understand me. Sorry for short letter, but I can't write you more. If you are really interesting in correspondence with me, I'm waiting for your actions. If you are not serious man, don't write me please. I'm seeking only for stability and reliable partner.

Mike! You think that I draw money from you. You even can't imagine how you offended me!!! I do not deserve such words, even if it is only your suspicion. I did not expect you to say such words. It'll be hard but I'll try to explain what I shouldn't do in fact. As you know people in our country earn little money. I'm not the exception.  I have to bring my child up. If I pay for Internet-services, I'll not buy milk for my child and other necessary things for him. I can't afford such sum of money (80$ per month) for our correspondence.

It wasn't easy for me to write it.

Tatiana Botvinkina (Kremenchug)

Below is a copy of an email from Tatiana Botvinkina
(  She is already listed on your page; this time she has a daughter Liza.

Darling Gary!

I'm glad to get your letter. Now I feel that we with Liza are not alone. Thank you for your understanding and willing to help me to pay correspondence. I'm very grateful to you for it. I don't know what to tell you, I want about pleasant and good so that it'd raise you mood and help to live. Your letters help me much and I read them every day with great pleasure. There's much dullness in our life. But I hope that all will change to the better, As you appeared in our life. You mean much for me. And you're the best I with Liza have. I want to love you both and to live only for you. It's my greatest wish and striving. I want us to be together, to be glad each each other every day and there'd be nothing more beautiful in the world! I want it so much! I think once it'll happen. We deserved it and waited for it so long time. Dear! If you really want to help me with a payment of our correspondence, I will thankful to you. Transfer is better to do with system Western Union to my full name - Tatiana Botvinkina, town of Kremenchug, Poltava area, Ukraine. My address - 1905 str., 4-40. Our correspondence cost about 80$ in month. Next letter you must sent me cod transfer, your full name and sum. Darling Gary! I sincerely hope that we with Liza will be so important in your life as you're in ours. That we'll be together once and forever and you'll need it forever as we. I want us to make you happy as well as you. Let it be just letters now only. But they mean so mush for me and keep me warm. I want you to know that I need nobody except you. and I'm not interested in other men. Now it's important that it'll be OK with us. Dear Gary, In my life I had no happiness long time. But I believe in pure and honest relations with Loved person. Many men tried to use my weakness and loneliness but I do not believe them and am afraid of them. But i always believed that there's a man with whom I can create strong family. I want to have cozy house. I want to meet my Beloved one and to keep Love and honesty till the end. I want mutual pure feeling without lie and betraying. I want to have the man to who I can give my female tenderness. Sometimes my dreams seemed not to come true. But now I met you. I feel that in me the forgotten thoughts got to be alive with each of your letter. I need you. I can only hope that your feelings are the same. I hug you tenderly I wait for your letter 

Yours Tanya and Liza

Alina Gorokhovich

I wrote to this girl and the reply that was sent was obviously canned, every line of the letter had a in front as though it had been saved as a template. She never answered my questions, just told me details of herself and her son. Next letter was the same just telling me how difficult it was to live there and still no answer to my questions. The next letter I got asked me for money as her internet was running out and she needed $50 per month so she could write to me. I ignored this for a week and then wrote but I never heard from her again until she sent me a Christmas message online.

I looked on another site and saw her photo on this one too with the same email address So I invented another email account and began writing to her.. Guess what??? I got the same letters from her that I had originally been sent. All that was different was the first three lines then it was word for word exact. So chaps be careful

Ian Brown*, UK

Alenochka (Odessa) - 1

I would like to tell about a possible scam I have been a part of. I was writing to a girl named Alenochka from Victoria Tours agency.

We wrote to each other for about a month. I asked several times for Alenochka's full name, address, phone number, and where she worked. I was never able to get that information from her. Alenochka finally asked me if I would be willing to help her out with her fees and I agreed. I sent $100 to her agency director through Western Union. The Director told me the money would be used according to my directions.

I found a forum the next day about dating women from Russia. They were discussing scammers and what they do. Some of the early signs of a scam described by this forum related to me. Such as no full name etc... I then from a hunch went to and checked out their personals just to see if I could find an Add with Alenochka's information or picture. Sure enough, There was an add with a different picture of Alenochka, same add, different name (Odaleva). I immediately emailed them about this add. Both Alenochka and her agency director denied any knowledge of this. That add mysteriously disappeared from AOL personals. The next day however, a different add with a different picture of Alenochka showed up on AOL personals under the name Aleukr.

I again sent an email to Victoria Tours about the other add I have found. I have yet to hear back from this agency. I have sent several emails to them and they will not answer me back. I am a lucky person to hear about scams only after losing $100. Below I will put the information about the agency.

Mailing address of the agency is:

Gaidara 13 Office 302 
Odessa, Ukraine 

Tel. number of the agency is 380-482-660073


Director of the agency Lyudmila Cherepashchuk


Alenochka (Odessa) - 2

I wrote an e-mail to Alenochka, as did Matt, through I got a very general e-mail back from her with no specifics about herself. As a matter of fact, she ONLY spoke of how bad her English was and how she was trying to take classes for English. She did not say anything about money, but she laid the ground work for it in the future. So I came to the blacklist here and sure enough there she was. Boy was I shocked, but relieved. I too went to love@aol and there is another add with the same girl's photo with a different e-mail address which is Even the two bios were different. These guys have a lot of nerve to do what they do, and they obviously have no interest in setting people up. The business name is Victoria's Tours. Stay away! Here is the photo from and Aol:

from: Robert

Alenochka / Aleukr (Odessa)

Alenochka or Aleukr from Victoria Tours in Odessa, Ukraine is in love@aol and their own site, I have been exchanging letters with her; she doesn't seem to answer my questions. She did give me an address though. Marshala Zhukova 37/1 ap.42, Odessa, Ukraine 65000. She has not asked for anything yet


Oksana Bocharnikova (Kharkov)

I received an unsolicited email from a woman who said she was Ukrainian. She found my email address from a personal ad I had post in the U.S. on the LOVE@AOL site. We exchanged only a few emails but I immediately became suspicious of her. She would not answer the questions I asked her, was not sharing any personal information. But she was very eager to want to meet and was questioning about how to do that. Of course she is very pretty and much younger than me. So I searched the Internet last night and found your site. Ironically, I received the attached two emails this morning. This is her scam and here is her picture.

1st email:


Hi, dear.
Thanks for a letter with your concrete view to our relations.
Should we decide that a bit later.
We must decide now something less important but more current.
The matter is that I'm not able to pay for the Internet in a moment.
Could you do that for me?
An Internet here in the Ukraine is casts 50 US$ a mounth.
Please, send me the money via Western Union Money Transfer.
You may get an information about them at
I've call them today and they told me that to send money you have to go to any of their offices.
You have to know an exact name and address (as written in the passport) of the person you are sending money to.
You know all that data of me. But I'll remaind you.

Oksana Bocharnikova
Dovgalevskogo str. 29, app.140
61040 Kharkov

By chance it would be that guarantee I was waited for. I mean that if you are not going to pay for my Internet that is you are not serious to me . In this situation I must be happy that I understood it not too late.

But if you are really serious, please send me in your next e-mail a transmission number from the Western Union. If you'll do that we will have a fast way (Internet) to discuss our future. Hope to hear from you.

P.S. And I really hope that one day I'll have a chance to do something for us.

2nd email:

My dearest, 
the matter is that at this time I've lost my second job which gives me usually a possibility to have an Internet. There is not exist Internet gratis here, in the Ukraine. The bread or vodka, for example here is much cheaper than anywhere, but such a modern things like computer or Internet are much much more expensive. I've written an e-mail to my provider office and ask them about a possibility to pay directly to them. And they replied that it's not possible for them to accept payment from abroad. I thought it would be easier for you morally to pay directly to provider then to send money to me personally. But it is no way. Also the Western Union is the very one available way for me to get the money because I don't have any bank account. And I don't know if such a things as credit card exist in my country. 

Ukraine is a very poor and wild country. But also very exotic..........  Well, what could I say........... If you'll find material and also moral possibility to send the money to me for the Internet, we will still have the fastest way to talk. If not, please, write me via regular post.

I'll be disconnected in a two days.
My tel is 0038 057224617
Yours Oksana

Yana Lukaschevych (Dnepropetrovsk)

I met Yana Lukaschevych (maiden name Kazanskaya, from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine) back in November in Kiev. We had wonderful time and planned to get married. There was one problem though: she was still trying to get divorced from her husband (who wouldn't consent to it, plus he was serving time in jail... that's her story). About 5 weeks after I came back to the US, she asked me for $900 to bribe officials in her country to get the divorce done. I told her $900 was too much money. Next day she tells me she was able to negotiate the price down to $400. I was naive, blinded by her "love" and beauty. I sent her $500. Not to mention all the gifts I had given her during my visit to the Ukraine. For the following 2 weeks, she did not write me a word. But I kept writing to her, wondering why she's silent and assuring her of my love. She finally replied: "Do not experience, it is simple at me now there is no money to pay the Internet." I am shocked she's asking for even more money!!!!!!!!!!! Needless to say, I feel cheated, abused and ashamed of myself. How can I warn every man out there of her??

Here's her profile on the internet: 


Ekaterina Mykhailova (Kiev)

My story its absolutely same like every one has been scammed.
I was in contact (e-mails) with a girl the last 4 months, she was very smart and when after few e-mails I refuse her request for send her money she answer me that my refuse will not have any negative affect on our relation. She gives me any personal details i ask ,her telephone, address, and after 4 months she makes me travel to Kiev to meet her, so, few days before my trip she ask me if its possible to bring her one photo camera ( Olympus, Nikon or Canon mirroring) and for her brother a watch (Tissot) and she promises that her brother will give me that money on my arrival because she knew that is costly. Then she told me that its much better to let her arrange apartment for me because its much cheaper and she can stay with me. I send 110$,she answer me that everything its ok, and I just went to Kiev, but!! She was waiting me in airport, we take a taxi and we go to apartment, then she told me that I need to pay more 480$ (for 6 days total 590) of course I become angry and I say that I am going to a hotel and next day I am leaving Kiev, she say ok, my brother will arrange with the owner and you will pay only 80 plus (total 190). Any way I accept it. After this she ask me if i want to go with her and her brother in cinema, we wend and after they goes, but before they go they take the watch. Next day they come in apartment (both again) and she say that she want to go in some tourist places to take some photos with the new camera that I brought to her, (the camera was still in my hands ,and after (she promises) we will go in a disco, ( only me and she). During our walk her brother ask me 250$ as a loan till next day, I say no, I was sure about the end of this story, and I was not mistaken, she and her brother disappear.

Her name is: Ekaterina Mykhailova
And her address: Prospect Svobody 16 apt. 47, Kiev, Ukraine

Elena (Lena) Shkolnaya (Kiev)

I wish to notify about an Ukrainian lady that really scammed me a lot of money... her name is Elena (Lena) Shkolnaya, and her address is Kybalchicha street 11-B, f-97, Kiev, Ukaine; phone: +38044 545-5023. She asked me U$400 for her passport (fast service one) and then U$200 for expenses. Then I was going to send her the air-ticket by my travel agency via computer when she said: "oh, no... just send me the money cash and I buy it here..." I refused and send it electronically. When I called her to tell her that the ticket have been sent, she said she cant fly until a month because her grandmother is sick and she is selling her house for her, etc; a week later, she disappeared. Nobody answers her home phone number anymore. I was lucky; I didn't lost the U$1200 of her flight, since Lufthansa reimbursed me 90% of the cost. Sending you her photo too. So be careful, she speaks good English and in a soft voice...


Natalya Goncharova (Makeevka)


I would like to report a scammer. Her name is Natalya Goncharova.
The agency she works through are also involved as they stated she was genuine - the details of the agency are:

Eileen Marriage Agency
Office 27, Lenina street, 18
Makeevka, Ukraine


What got me suspicious was this canned photo I received from her:

If you see it, the head (supposed to be her) has been crudely stuck on
someone else's body! Another earlier photo was: 

This lady asked me for $200 US for a passport, then she was proposing that I send money for the air ticket etc, the usual scam. I approached the Agency manager about the canned photo and she came up with a very weak excuse that the photo was genuine! I never heard back.


Pavlo Syrotuk (Drogobych)

Her name, that she or who ever it is uses, is Pavlo Syrotuk. She ask for money. And knows a great deal about the local Western Union. I sent her money, in the amount of $130.00 US dollars. And have not heard from her since. Please be warned that she or who ever is behind this, is a scam artist. Below are photos of her, and some letters from her.

Dear Jeffrey.
Thank you very much for your answer. The main problem is that I live in a students hostel (as you know). And they don't allow as to use the phone and we also haven't a postbox so a postman doesn't come here. The only way I can speak with you is Internet. I want to send you letters and receive yours very much. I ask my provider if you can help me and he said that you can send some money through the nearest Western Union service like you said (Sorry for asking you about it, it's very shame to me, all my face is red, you even don't know me and I asking you about it). Please, Jeffrey, say if you can help me in such way, if you can it would be very nice and I'll be able to write and write you till we meet. I think it'll happen. I can't say how much money you have to send, I can't do it simply because you are not in the shop and I'm not a shop asistent who can say a price. I feel you as my close friend, so I can't say you how much. Each letter from you and every my letter costs me about 2$USA. But my provider promised me if I pay 120$USA in one day I'll be able to use e-mail without any limits till we meet. Of course I think the second variant is the best one, but everything depends on you. I hope that someday I can help you in something. Dear Jeffrey, please, send money to 

Pavlo Syrotuk
82100, Ukraine
Borislavskaya Street 8

(it's the address of the nearest Western Union here). My full name is Pavlo Syrotuk. But if you want to send it to my provider, I can ask his account and you can send money right to him. Dear Jeffrey I can't now send a long letter, without paying a penny to my provider. Please, if you can help me, do it as soon as you can, I don't want to loose you. I'll be waiting for your answer very much. Sincerely yours.


(Pavlo is a male's name, and only male's. All Russian/Ukrainian female names and surnames end on "A")

Pasha Samohvalov (Kherson)

Hello, I saw this ladies picture at and at a few other sites. We exchange 3 letters, the first two were about she was in Ukraine (previously she had said Russia in her e700 ad) this is her letters and pictures. 

1st letter

Hello Michael, 
I was very happy when received your letter and can see your pics You are very pretty young man. You like me. You have beautiful eyes and nice smile. Thanks for a compliment about me English. I am glad that has liked you I shall tell to you a little about myself. I was born on Ukraine in city Kherson. In Kherson has remained to live my lonely mother, my father has died three years back. I finished high school and course of Graphics Design. Now it is my work and I live in Nikolaev city. I always dream to leave to live in America, i not was there never but I know what is it perfect country, to find there love and to create the good supplied family. It is my primary dream. My second dream leave this country, it is a very dangerous place. I not want that my children has lives here. As I. I hope you are understand me. I would like to spend romantic evenings with my love. To be engaged in the house to bring up children. And you what at you of dream, than you are engaged in life that can offer to the future wife. Please tell to me it. Hope from you messages soon. Kiss you... 
P.S. Sorry but I not have many pic's of me. 
I don't have scanner that make them.
Best regards, 

(at this time she had not received my picture) 

Letter 2

Hello Michael, 

You want to know something more about me... 

I write English well but I speak English bad. Now I search teacher who will teach me English. I like cooking. I like watching TV I like since fiction, comedian, Films and films about love. But the most of all I like nature forest, sea. I love to travel but I have never been abroad. (I have no passport yet to travel to other countries.) I do not put make-up on every day. But I'm tray to wearing beautifully each day. My favorite color lipstick is red. By the way if you tried to walk by streets of our city, you may think that around you occur a showing the photo-models. We such here - we always tortured will be dressed beautifully, in spite of the mood and presence or absence of the money. Else you will be surprised that majority of the people is gloomy, but if somebody smile you - he(she) does not in false and him really pleasantly talk with you. I likes pets, so if you will not against, I should like to have it. My loved color is blue and red. Blue is beautiful color, this is color of the sky, this is color of ea water. This is color most of all around us. With meal I do not have possibility to choose. I likes a potatoes (fried or boiled), I likes fish, else I likes crabs and cancers. I have no brothers or sisters. My father was died 3 years ego. In my parents(ma and grandparents) I appreciate most of all kindness and their labor. I live alone in dormitory in Nikolaev and I have no my own phone. I'm student in Nikolaev pedagogical university. But my study is not interesting. Nikolaev is not big (There is no international air port there, the most closer air port only in Kiev (Capital of Ukraine) - is 500 km from Nikolaev.) I'm work in little firm. I use computer at work. (My boss doesn't like when I use computer for my own. I finished my work and I have few minutes to write and send this letters.) I have no ICQ because I can't use internet much. I work in fashion model studio but it is provincial studio maybe some times I will work in famous fashion studios. (It is my dream) I have no boyfriend. All my boyfriends hat I have want only sex from me. But relation between man and woman, love is very serious for me. The most important for my - is family and good relation between people. I want a serious relationship and for this I can to move to you, to move out from my country. It's not problem that you older than me. I begin to like you much, I hope that after time we will meet and we will be happy together. Your letter raise my mood. miss you. 
Best regards, 

Finally the scam letter 

Hi dear. 
Sorry that I did not answer so long. There is big grief there. A car hit my mum and now hi is in the hospital in the critical condition. I do not know what do. The Doctor give me a list that my 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 I 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 lifes. I in such mad condition that I seem that this dream. This can not be. My mum can die on my eyes. I already have spent all money which I had for this. Sold and pawned all that have been able. And we needed near 200US$ 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 far away from each other in different countries, but I ask you to help me. In the bank I have known that Western Union as fast way to send money. You will be needed my address

Pasha Samohvalov
Lenin str. 77

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 Pasha. Love 

With love , 
Your Pasha 

What I did was tell her about my Russian and Ukrainian friends of which two are doctors and to get the phone number of the hospital and the name of the doctor, she never responded to this. My friends in Ukraine live near the city her mom does and do not think she is real. Pasha is a males name (short form of Pavel, or Pavlo). I am lucky to have friends in Ukraine and Russia, that are looking out for me. I just hope American men realize that even though there are scammers there are also real women out there too. I have found a real one, but was introduced when I visited some of my friends. Know I am helping some of my Colorado friends and what to avoid. Your site is very useful.

Here are "her" pictures.

Svetlana Ivchenko (Sumy)

I have just found your site and I wish to add my experiences in the hope of stopping another scammer.. I received a response to my ad in AOL personals that was from a Ukrainian girl. I responded back to her and after about 3 emails she asked me for money to pay for her internet time at Internet Cafe. Unlike other scams I have read about on your site her letters answered specific questions...although I would have to ask twice in some cases. It appeared she was reading quickly...and would miss it (apparently rationalization on my part). Only twice was there something fishy in her letters. On 2 occasions her broken English got "perfect" for a number of sentences, then returned to her normal way of writing.  She eventually got around to asking for visa and passport money...but she also suggested that I could come to Kiev and she would meet me. She claimed to be writing no one but me but she knew the exact airfare from Kiev to NYC, r/t !! After 14-15 emails.. all of them expressing ever increasing love...she stopped writing. I had been recently indicating strongly that I didn't have a lot of money and had asked for a phone number so I could call her collect..with the revelation that I had been studying Russian and could probably hold up my end of a conversation. When I hadn't heard from her in a week...I sent a "fishing" letter stating that I was close to obtaining her a ticket to come to the US. I received no response to that either. On your site I noticed one other woman using a very similar name but there was no picture of my "little sweetheart" so I thought I'd send you her pictures. Please notice how different she looks between pictures. Is this the same woman?  I hope she hasn't convinced some other poor fool to meet her in Kiev.  Her "name" and supposed address is

Svetlana Ivchenko
14 Dzerzhinskogo Side Street
40022, Ukraine



*The name was changed to protect identity

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