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Today I got this letter from Maria who supposedly lives near Omsk in Russia. It is a form letter as well, I can tell that much already, and I also post the photos.
She sent me an email from an account at match.com, but by the time I got to read her email, her match.com account was already closed. However, she had left me a yahoo email address (email@example.com) which I briefly answered.
I received the following (form letter) answer, with 3 pictures - one of which you see here to the left, the other 2 are at the end of this posting:
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How are you doing? I have to appologize in advance that
I cannot write you back at once because I don't have
a computer at home and I have to use an Internet cafe to write you. It i slocated not so far from my home.
First of all I'd like to thank you for responding me back
and I should be honest with you, I live in Russia.
I hope that doesn't scare you off. At least you can read my lettter up to the end and see if you want to
correspond with me or not. If you ask me why I put my profile not as Russian one, I will tell you.
Match.com was adviced to me by a friend, but I will tell you about it later. Unfortunately when I started with
my profile, there was no country listed as Russia, so I wrote that I am not in Russia.
I didn't want to lie or something about the country I live in, I hope you understand.
Ok, I guess I have to tell you about myself. I live in a village named Beregovoy.
If you want to see my city on the map it located not far from big city Omsk.
I have never been to your country but still I like this country traditions, customs... You I see graduated the faculty of Foreign
Languages in a College for three years and I write you without translator.
Once when I was studying at the College I had a chance to talk with an English man, but this was the only person
I talked in English face to face.
If you are still intersted here is some more information about me:
Despite of the Autumn it is still pretty warm here ( about zero centigrades) though usually it is colder.
And what about you? Is it warm there or cold?
You know I feel very lonely here in Russia because I couldn't find the right man for myself.
I know that there is no ideal people and I don't rush into it but still I believe that there is a man that will love me
just for who I am, with all my advatages and disadvantages. I want to settle down and have a family of my own.
A friend of mine who adviced me match.com also put her profile there and she found her real love there.
Now she lives with her husband and two kids are living in Germany, in province not far from Berlin.
Everybody wants to be happy and me too. I am not after money or sugar daddies or better life. Age difference is
also not important.
I am just an ordinary woman who wants to be happy. Maybe if I had family here in Russia I wouldn't even think to
write an American man, but I am an orphan and nothing keeps me to try to find love somewehere far from Russia.
My friends know about my idea and they support me and wish me oly happiness.
I guess you are interested in my likes and dislikes and etc:
- I am an orphan
- I work as a surgeon in a city hospital ( I graduated school, then I graduated College and
after that I got a diploma of a surgeon in Medical Academy) and you know I like my job, I like helping people and sometimes
safe their lives.
-I like almost all kinds of music but most of all I prefer Classical music and I hate rap.
-My favourite color os blue
-My favourite flowers are white lilies
-I love pets and anymals but unfortunately I spend too much time at work and that is why I have no possibility
to have a cat or a dog
- I am Christian and go to Church 2-4 times per month
- I have never been married and I have no kids
- I adore cooking and my fafourite food is Russian and Italian. My favourite dish is lasagna.
- I have a driving license but I have no car
- I like to go to cinemas and theatres but I don't like disco because it is very noisy there and it is always overcrowded.
- I don't smoke and I drink socially ( for example a glass of red wine)
- I don't have tattoos or piercings exept for my ears.
- I don't like winter but winters are usually cold in Russia
What else? I guess that is all for today. If you are really interested, please write me as soon as you can
I will reply to you. I hope you didn't get tired of my long e-mail, I just wanted you to have a better idea
of me. And you please write me more about yourself, your likes and dislikes, about the place you live in.
A couple of pictures of you would be very much appreciated.
Please write me back today or tomorrow.
Claims to be Diana in this one. Remember, many of the photos are stolen from model/talent sites, so the REAL person in the photo is a victim also. Scammers are getting smarter. They are now stealing (copy/paste) photos directly from the date sites.
BE CAREFUL. And send no money for ANY reason, no matter the situation.
Even if you confront them to being a scammer, and they admit it, they have just started the scam over, drawing you in to their confidence. BLOCK, DELETE, AND IGNORE.
good hunting drod
anonymous from Turkey
Hi again from your real friend Rahmi
So i say something about my life
First i am single
i have one brother
i work in media agency named MIR AJANS publishing magazine named DURBUN Newspaper COFFE NEWS AND wedding ANİMATİONS Mulkubey trade building floor 6 no:149 Bandirma/Balikesir
i live in a town people called GONEN in Balikesir city
even being smal town is gonen famous in the world with thermal
waters,rice,cheese and other agriculture products
although being small town is gonen crown town in summer season
there are a lot tourists comes for travel in this town
if you come to Turkey we may go to god beaches and nature mountains
snow ski pists in same season in Turkey
How are you doing today how was ur day I hope all is fine with You i know we never know each other But I have Feeling for You and we like to have You In My Life Distance does not matter if two hearts are loyal to one another Love is but a burning fire, the distance between us only increases our desire Each time I miss you, a star falls down from the sky. So, if you looked up at the sky and found it dark with no stars, it is all your fault. You made me miss you too much!'Distance between two hearts is not an obstacle; rather a great reminder of just how strong true love can be There is one pain I often feel, which you will never know. It's caused by the absence of you 'I miss you most when I'm sad. I miss you when I'm lonely. But most of all, I miss you when I'm happy You are far away, but yet your love remains, I can feel it all around. It embraces me and holds me tight, night after night Baby, I know we are miles and miles away from one another, but I always believed that as long as our souls are connected to each other, the flame of our love will burn forever. Only souls can resist death, our physical connection is meaningless.'To truly love something, you must first give it a chance to fail. If it survives, it is going to be stronger than ever. Distance is pure proof of this, and forever we will love if we survive How I wish I could be there with you, but distance has kept us apart. Apart physically, but in spirit, you are always in my heart I Really Missssed You so much i know we just meet But we love to have You as My Life Partner.single Never Married but Looking for a woman who will love me for who i am and a woman who i we love to grow old with and Build Our own Family and spend all the rest of my life with Her...send me some Pics Of You i wil love to see more Pics of You Looking forward to hear from U..
So that you seem who i want
+905427312355 my phone
Thanks for god nice to met you
anonymous from Turkey
anonymous from United States
A message from the brunette; Albina
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Hello!!!! Have a good day.I do hope you remember me because I wrote you recently and you replied to me.I am sorry that I couldn't reply earlier.
You see I live in Russia and I was busy arranging all travel preparations. I was in Moscow to book my interiew for the trip to the USA,it took almost two weeks to travel to Moscow and back. You know that it is my first time I try correspondence with a man in a virtual space.
I am not a very good user of the Intenet and I do hope that I will be lucky to meet a good man.
I guess I need to explain why I do it.The thing is that I will work abroad for three months or so and I would like to meet a nice man to be my guide or just to be a good friend to spend time with while I am there. I suppose it is hard enough to live in some foreign town without friends and besides I have never been abroad. You know I've been liviving in a small town here in Russia all my life and I am just afraid to be lost. Besides I would like to see a real life (not some TV shows) and it is impossible to see a real life without a person who knows all sides of the life. And you should also know that I don't want to live in Russia because I don't have any chances here, it is hardly possible to explain in a few words but I want you to know all my plans. While being in the USA I will be working in any shop or be babysitter in some family. I will know the details later. Besides I love English language and being in the USA, it will give me a chance to improve my English.
The agency helps me to get the visa, work permission and all travel documents and they will help me to get a job. It is their business and I will pay for their service. One of my friend worked in USA for three months last year,and she was so pleased and she is going to repeat this trip again.
She has right man in USA and they are good friends now and he is going to marry her if everything is all right between them.
I am coming to the USA due to the special programm for young people who want to work abroad and I think it is the right way for me.
I am lost here, and hopefully I will be able to change my life. I am full of plans and different dreams. You should know that I have dark brown
hair and green eyes. I am sure that you will be not disappoined to meet me in the real life if we meet. At least I hope so.
Well,I am finishing this letter and I do hope to get your reply pretty soon.
Maybe after reading my letter you will find me a little crazy but I am not sure I know the right way to meet a good man without real meeting and you know it is my first try though the Internet. I will leave my town in a few days or so to fly to Moscow again to complete all the things. It is said at the agency that I will work all day and I think we might share evenings together to get to know each other better. If you have any interest to meet me I will be more than happy!!!
I just don't want to be alone in the evenings, and I would like to be sure in advance that somebody waits for me! It is just a woman wish!
I will tell you all the details about me and my life. If you're also single, you may be with me for a few months or so .... Who knows???!
With best regards from Russia
Albina ( this my name )
PS I have attached photos of me so that you could have a better idea about me.
----- Original Message -----
From: Eazy Now
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2007 2:32 AM
Hello, I am 31 year old and I am from Russia.I will be coming to your place in few days and this would be a great opportunity to meet each other.If you are interested, please write me to firstname.lastname@example.org because it is the portrait of my friend. I will be waiting for you reply
When you get here we could meet for a meal or a coffee. Let me know if you would like to. I would like pictures. When will you be coming this way? If you let me know in time I can make dinner reservations, if you like?
anonymous from United States
anonymous from United States
anonymous from Arlington in Virginia, United States
I am being wooed by the lovely Albina Shitova from Perm region. She wants to move in with me, but she hasn't seen me yet...
anonymous from Harrisonburg in Virginia, United States
Albina Shitova, email@example.com is supposibly in Moscow making travell arrangements to come visit me in Harrisonburg, Va. She has sent me the same exact letter and photos that are posted here. She has also included photo with her cousin. I am waiting for her to call me requesting $. I am sorry she has lost both her parents in a bus smash. I knew it was a scam but played along with it....If only love were that easy.
anonymous from United States
Here are some photps and letters sent from Albina Shitova:
Thanks you for your reply. I was very glad to see your reply in my e-mail box.
That would be right if I tell you about me and about my life because we have
a chance to meet each other in a real life and thus we need to know each other
better.You please tell me more about yourself, all right?
I am the simple and ordinary girl with my own interests,a hobby and tastes.I think I I shall start to tell to you about things which as I wish to know from you, so you will see my questions. As you know my name is Albina and my last name is Shitova.
I am 31 years and on 23th of February I shall be 32.
I am about 167 cm tall and my weight is about 53 kg
The sizes of my body are 95-62-91 cm.
I have dark brown hair and green eyes which you can see from my photos.
I know that many women abroad have an opportunity to improve their bodies and faces and they look so beautiful.Unfortunately it is impossible here in Russia because this country is still far from a civilization. But I still think that natural beauty is much better.
I live with my aunt,the uncle and cousin because I do not have parents (they have died long time ago in bus crush when I was still small). Unfortunately we live in two-room small appartments and it is not convenient and comfortable. Me and my cousin are very good friends, but now he is in army.
To tell the truth there is nothing good in the fact that I was born and live in small town of Russia.
There is no chance for a good life here and it is very hard to find work here.
All young people leave small towns and go to big cities in searches of work but unfortunately
there is too there is no luck for them in big cities because nobody is waiting them there.
Living in Russia is living ' all by myself '. It is good but cruel school of a life.
I hope that in he future I shall work as fitness trainer because I have the certificate and I am good in it. I worked in last of two years as fitness trainer and it was the best time in my life.
I do not smoke, also I drink socially. My preference in alcohol is red wine, but only a glass or two.
I tried to smoke when I was younger. Silly me! But I think almost everyone tries to smoke when you are 13 years, right? I try to take care of my body and the face as much as possible. I wasn't born yesterday and I know that almost all men love women ' by their eyes ',
I mean that this or that way woman's appearance is very important for the man.
Speaking about my travel. I shall arrive to the USA this month but I don't know when exactly,
I know that I shall have all documents to travel very soon and I shall travel to Moscow again to finish all preparations for travel to the USA.
I shall get visa and I shall buy the ticket and then I shall fly to the USA.
I do not know where exactly I fly because I have not decided yet.
I can choose almost any state to stay that is why I need to know a name of the nearest international airport to you. I just wish to have somebody expecting me at the airport and I do not wish to be alone there. I shall fly to the USA directly from Moscow and I hope you will want to meet me at the airport and to be my guide and it would be great to meet you face to face and to spend some time together.I know that it is not an easy thing as it might seem, but there is nothing impossible,right?
I shall be more than glad if you understand me and my thoughts and you are with me in this question but if not,then please tell me that you are not interested in me and do not wish to meet me, ok?
I think I should close this letter.
It is not good that I have no computer at home and I have to send my letters to you from Internet cafe which is far from my house. I would like to talk to you on the phone, but unfortunately we have no opportunity for international calls (I cannot call to you and you cannot call to me because here we have four-digital telephone numbers).It is possible to make international phone calls only from big cities.
All right, it is enough for today. If I did not tell you something which is very important for you or I missed something, please do not be angry.Just ask me and I will answer for sure.
I think I shall be here in the Internet cafe tomorrow, I have many preparations before travel to Moscow. I hope when I come here, I shall see one more letter from you.
Please write me and do not forget me!!!
my home address:
Lenina str. 8-11
If you want to find my town on a map, it is is located near the big city Perm.
PS Please send me as many as possible photos of so that I could know you at the airport.
And one more thing. I have very important question for you:
- Do you like strong drinks?
- If so, then how much and how of?