I had a profile posted on an American dating web site and a female from my area answered me.
Her letter was a few lines long, in good English and she seemed honest and cute, so I replied.
The letter said she had a read-only trial account and would not be able to receive messages,
so she included a yahoo email address. She asked me to write to this yahoo email address.
I did this and a few days later her trial account was gone, she explained that she deleted
it because she found me. (that is what she answered, when I asked her about it)
This girl claimed to live in Kazan, Tartastan, 26 years old and called herself Barbi.
There was something suspicious about her letters, in particular I always had the
impression that she did not really read mine every time. Sometimes she wrote
personal, matching replies, then sometimes not. her photos of which she sent
about 25 so far, had number like 5.jpg, 6.jpg, 35.jpg etc.
Yesterday I did a query for some phrases of some of her emails and found them
posted on 2 other web sites. Apparently she wrote identical letters to other guys
using different names and different pictures. She or he asked those guys for money,
supposedly for tickets or visa paperwork. I guess I am lucky that she never asked
me for any money. However, I felt fooled when I saw "my" emails had also been
sent in parts to other guys.
For that reason I will post her here letters. I know that parts of these letters
have been posted on 2 other sites, but not all.
I include the full headers in the first email. The sender comes from a russian
dial-up but in another email I sent her a URL to one of my web sites and apparantly
"she" uses some sort of satellite DSL for the downstream, the IP number was
84.xx (to be filled in later).
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Hello Peter! Have good day? The computer in service of acquaintances
found to me Some profiles of people which coincide with my inquiry. I
Preliminary studied them and has decided to send you to the first the
message Because your profile seems to me more interesting. I hope,
that You have time to send me some messages that we could it is better
to learn about each other. I shall tell a little about myself; my age
of 26 years old and my birthday on On July, 22. I was not married and
I live in an apartment with my parents. Some years, after the ending
of training I work seller of home appliances in a supermarket. To me
To like productive leisure, periodically go in for sports for
maintenance of a body. I like to travel and be in different places,
but My work does not allow me to do it frequently. I have many
friends, We sometimes together spend time, play billiards and tennis,
we have Other entertainment. I send you the picture that you knew my
person. Me very much like different sweet things, such as a pie, cake,
sweet. But frequently I do not permit itself to have it to not be
thick. Still I love beautiful clothes and different things of light
colours. I like of light tone, such as light-blue, pink, beige. And
what your favourite colour? Please Ask things interesting you about me
and inform me some The information on you: what you love an
entertainment? What your character? What You love qualities in women?
Whether You had the wife? I shall answer on your questions and to
inform you it is more about itself in following e-mail! I shall be To
wait for your messages. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I with
impatience shall wait letter from you and I shall answer you at once
as soon as you to me write. it will be pleasant for me to see your new
photos and to learn a lot of new about you. Write to me I wait. Your
Dear mine , where you were gone, why any more do not write me
the letters, I wait already what is the time, and them all no.
There can be I you something has offended? Write to me please.
With impatience I wait Barbi.
Hi Peter! Have good day! Peter, you ask, where I live - to To regret
it is far from you. Otherwise it was not necessary for us much e-mail,
To learn each other. I for the first time have acquaintance through
the Internet. It was very difficult to me to place my structure in a
service of acquaintances, because I am in Russia, the service of
acquaintances does not accept the members from this country. I had to
specify in a profile, that I am in USA. In this letter I shall inform
you a little information myself and if the dialogue with me will be
interesting to you, I shall tell about myself in more detail in the
following letters. I live in an average part of Russia, in city Kazan
in Tatarstan republic. But if we shall decide to meet, I hope, that it
not Will be a problem for us because I have made a little Travel to
other countries. I was in the several countries of Europe; For example
Turkey, Italy, Germany. I made these travel as The tourist. Therefore
Peter, you should not have excitement be relative That we not beside.
I such woman, that if I shall like The person for a meeting I shall
reach even on the moon. Besides in Our days is not a problem to make
such travel. I not I worry about it and I have necessary feelings to
get acquainted and it is possible To have relations with the person of
other state. It is very interesting - Other culture, thinking,
traditions. For me this new-Probably and you Peter Can learn, that
such the Russian woman. I hope that you have not lost interest to me
and will answer me soon. I wait for yours e-mail, my American friend.
HI Peter! I am pleased to receive your reciprocal message. For me it
was pleasant to receive the letter from you today. I am very glad that
you have written to me. Thank for your picture, it me to like. I shall
be To increase and to unpack it. I liked absolutely all your pictures.
That picture with the clown really amusing! What small little mouse!
You have made absolutely correctly, that have not listened to the
neighbour and have let off that little mouse. Peter You e-mail means
for me, that I too was interesting to you. You Really Peter, see a
picture of me nice? Peter, at me is present to you It is a lot of
questions and I would like to ask them in the messages, I hope you
Will allow to me answers to them - OK? You for me the nice person, And
on this for me it is important to know your opinion on some things. Me
to not irritate, that you to be more senior than me. I to search for
the mature man, which would be to wise and scientific life. I like the
men which is more senior than me and can learn me to something in this
short life. I to want to connect destiny with the man of such age as
you. I think, that you read my structure and could see there, that I
haves serious intentions to get acquainted with the good person for
relations . I shall try to tell a little about my character. I do not
know as it to start, I think, that I very romantic person. I like to
communicate with people, it is pleasant to me Good humour. I very much
appreciate such qualities in people, as fidelity and honesty. I
believe in love, and I think it very valuable thing which needs to be
protected. I very much The jealous person. I adore, when to me pay
compliments and is ready to listen to them indefinitely. For me it is
necessary, that around of me there was a cleanliness and the order, I
frequently am engaged cleaning. Also to me to like to prepare for a
meal, various tasty things. It is pleasant to me romantic relations
between the man and The woman, but probably all women dream to get
acquainted with good The person to have with him beautiful romantic
relations. But frequently such things come to an end Very quickly. I
have no intention to spend myself on such acquaintances. While I have
not met In the life of such person to which I would decide to give
myself and the life. But me it would be desirable to find such person.
I think, that for the woman the main thing to have in a life not
Career or other success, and strong family and the favourite person
beside what to care of him. Tell please, you dream to meet what woman
in the life? Excuse Peter, that I ask you to discuss such frank thing
with The person whom you know couple of days. But it is interesting to
me to know It about you. I shall wait for yours e-mail. Yours
Hi , I was sad that you do not write me and do not answer on my
letters. There can be I you than that has offended or you simply play
with me in games? I wait from you of the answer. Yours Barbi.
At that point I had started to ignore her because her letters were ridiculous, not reflecting what I had written.
However, things picked up then again..
Kurt I write to you from very far country. I live in Russia. My name Svetlana Makarova. I live in Russia city, which has the name Cheboksary. This city there is near the river Volga. I think, that you know and sometime to hear the name by this the river. Now it is a little about itself. I the very vigorous girl, I to have of weight of
55 kgs. My heith of 172 centimeters. To me 28 years, I to have birthday of September 23. I'm Christian. Kurt what this your present name??? I to want to tell you, why I to begin gets acquainted through the Internet. I to not have the computer of a house, on this I to go in the Internet of cafe. I to want to tell you, that I to want to find the present love. I search for all time my love by all life. Know Kurt I very much to want to tell you, that I work in a hairdressing saloon in the street which sells flovers. I have ended university, at me maximum education, but unfortunately, I to not find work on a speciality. At me a trade the lawyer. I very much loves flovers. very much to want to tell you concerning mine dream. I very much to dream what mine favourite the man, which I shall be love, and which me will be love me. I to think you understand me concerning my dream??? I very much to want to inform concerning mine family. I to live with mine the mum in one an apartment, we to not have the telephone. My mum has pension, and I have work. I speak you the truth and I very much to love, the truth, because I to think, that when there is a truth, then exists the present feelings. Kurt I to want to know rather you. I to want to know about you family, about you city in which you live, what you a name, whether have you the telephone, if yes that with what?
Know I very long to search for any the man for joint life, but unfortunately, I to time to meet such, which could understand me, could listen to me, when it is bad in soul. You understand Kurt ?
Well in I shall finish my letter to you and I hope that you will send me the letter.
Hey Kurt (?) Now compare your letter to the one that I first received from her way back in mid-May. She didn't know my name because I hadn't told her yet. If you'd like I can send you about 10 more pictures of her, plus tell you everything that she's probably going to say in the next 10 or 20 letters. Watch out for this one because she's definitely a semi-pro. She will indeed read your letters very thoroughly and answer most of your questions. Here's the first letter: Does it look familiar?
I write to you from very far country. I live in Russia. Me name
Svetlana Makarova. I live in Russia city, which has the name
Cheboksary. This city there is near the river Volga. I think, that you
know and sometime to hear the name by this the river. Now it is a
little about itself. I the very vigorous girl, I to have of weight of
55 kgs. My heith of 172 centimeters. To me 28 years, I to have
birthday of September 23. I'm Christian. what this your present
name??? I to want to tell you, why I to begin gets acquainted through
the Internet. I to not have the computer of a house, on this I to go
in the Internet of cafe. I to want to tell you, that I to want to find
the present love. I search for all time my love by all life. Know
I very much to want to tell you, that I work in a hairdressing
saloon in the street which sells flovers. I have ended university, at
me maximum education, but unfortunately, I to not find work on a
speciality. At me a trade the lawyer. I very much loves flovers. very
much to want to tell you concerning mine dream. I very much to dream
what mine favourite the man, which I shall be love, and which me will
be love me. I to think you understand me concerning my dream??? I very
much to want to inform concerning mine family. I to live with mine the
mum in one an apartment, we to not have the telephone. My mum has
pension, and I have work. I speak you the truth and I very much to
love, the truth, because I to think, that when there is a truth, then
exists the present feelings. I to want to know rather you. I to
want to know about you family, about you city in which you live, what
you a name, whether have you the telephone, if yes that with what?
Know I very long to search for any the man for joint life, but
unfortunately, I to time to meet such, which could understand me,
could listen to me, when it is bad in soul. You understand ?
Well in I shall finish my letter to you and I hope that you will send
me the letter.
About 2 weeks ago she told me that she had moved to Kazan after she found out that I tried to send her the 'flower-of-truth' (the one where they take a picture) from her local florist and found out that there wasn't even an apartment building at the address that she gave me. After that, I pretty much told her to get lost and so she went on about being disappointed in me for not trusting her and that was the last that I heard from her. (about a week ago) The girl's got about 20 email addresses I'm guessing. Has profiles posted on every singles site, mostly under 'elitelady'. But you'll never find her on any of the 'blacklist' sites, so I'm thinking that it's definitely a woman, possibly flying solo, or in small group, and my best guess is that she's from Yoskar-Ola in Mari-El, but knows Kazan and Cheboksary real well.
Absolutely do not believe anything that she says and don't even think about sending her even a dime!! It's all a con-game, I assure you.
anonymous from United States
Here's the second letter that I received from her. I expect that the very first one or two, maybe even 5 or 6, are very much form letters, with the appropriate changes to fit the individual that's being scammed. I'm in the process of filling out a report on her to every scammers list that I can find. I think that her first name actually is Svetlana, but I don't think that her last name is correct, although it could be. I doubt it though. She operates quite a bit differently than do the normal scammers. I don't believe that she goes after more than a handful of particular guys at a time. It was very wise of you to check her out as a possible scammer.
I today to see you the letter in a box. Thanks to you behind your
photo very much, very large! You to look very well! Please, to not
worry about age, I want to you to say, that first of all we will need
to try to find out myself better, to find out each other very well. To
not worry about the age, me it to not worry. If you want, we can
communicate! To not worry, main it is feelings. Age for me not main.
Love this special feeling. I to believe that in the world there are
only 2 people, which can love each other.... There can be it you? I
think, that the time will place all on the places. Yes, I have
understood, that one woman is necessary only to you, I am glad to
this, because to me one is necessary only man. I very much to be
delighted, because you to me to write, and we to have dialogue. I very
much to be pleased, because it is unusual to me, that to me there
would come the message. XXXX I today thought all the day concerning
that, you to write to me or to not write, know, you me very much to
please!!! XXXX I hope, what you want, what I and you became the
friends???? I to want to inform you, that would be very good, that I
could see you a photo, because I to want to know you the person. I to
think, that everyone the people wants to know the person that with
whom has conversation. How to think you??? I to want to tell you,
slightly about, why I not find favourite the man. I to want to inform
you, that at us in Russia many men to not have the purpose life, they
to swear and much much to drink alcohol, fight it is a lot of. XXXX
you understand me???? I to want the man, which always can listen to
me, when it is bad in soul. Please write to me concerning it, what you
to think???? when I have decided to try to find the friends, has gone
to the Internet of cafe and there to me to load this site. I choose a
profile which to me to like, and I to tell the workers the Internet of
cafe, the text which should be sent to you. To me they to tell, what I
to come the next day. When I have come the next day in the Internet of
cafe, I to see you the letter.... XXXX I very much to be delighted!!!!
Earlier I to work the seller in flower shop, but now I to work in a
hairdressing saloon. I very much to want to have a garden, but
unfortunately I to not have a garden. I to want to tell you, that mine
hobby to collect dried flowers. if I to have a garden, I could have
much flowers. Unfortunately, I to not have more close, except for mine
the mum. Mine close is not present. It is very difficult to me to
speak rather it, forgive me..... XXXX I very much to want to find love
in life. I to want only it, because if there is a love, that is both
happiness, and understanding, and continuation of a sort...... I very
much to want to find love, know, I to want to know, what you want in
you life? Please, you tell to me about you, work, you of
enthusiasm.... All about you. Now I shall close my letter. Write!
I also received the same photos that you have posted here, plus a few others. She sure as hell will convince you that she's sincere and all, but she's not. She's a total scammer. If you want to, post your email, or any other email address (go to Yahoo and make one there) and I'll send you everthing that I have on her. I figured that she'd pop up again pretty soon. The money that I had sent her (Yes, I stupidly admit it) must have run out by now. HA!! She was my 'introduction to the world of scammers and why I'm fighting so hard against them now.
i want thanking for posting these examples up about the scams,right now , i m treating by a women from kazan ,her name is tanya , her email adress is email@example.com,,, I don't how they do that , to take photos for ennocent ladies and ...,she asked me for money ,but s(he) hasn't get me ,,,i will keep in touch , this is her last message for me yesterday:
Dear You will be my One and Only King of hearts my Love. I can feel
your Love for me is growing stronger and stronger every day in the way
that you write your Love letters to me my Love. My Love is endless for
you my Love because you are most Sexiest and Beautifulest man that I
have ever known & seen in my whole lifetime you and I really mean this
too my Love with all my heart, because I really do Love you very very
very much my One and Only Love. You are my dream come true.
I hope to hear from you soon my Love
anonymous from United States
Yes I have recieved The 'I am real photo' From Aleksandra/carneyti/lokcbarb/firuna99/bannyhunny. So have others. They must have had a run on signs at the Russian Home Depot! I have been hit by two more scammers. One right after I set up another friendfinder account and another direct to my aol address. I am more leary of the second. If she sends a photo. I need to wash it through my heavy virus software. The second was totally unsolicited. I plan to play though. I will keep you posted.
anonymous from United States
I am currently communicating with a scammer on match.com. S(he) has the profile name Palyma and goes by the name Natalia. Her pictures are of a super modelesque woman. My favorite is the one she most recently sent of her with cowboy boots stepping on the head of a stuffed wild boar!!! I have recieved 5 letters that are nearly identical to those above and they follow the same sequence. After some research on the site I have found that match.com is literally FLOODED with this scam! It is extremely easy to spot the scam. Here is what you look for:
-Usually only one photo of a very attractive female
-The English in the description is very brief with broken English
-They will list themselves as living in some city in the US. I have found them all over, in small towns and big cities.
-They usually are lloking for men with an unusually large age range. 25-60 for example. How many super models are looking for a 60 year old man!
-They usually list their age in the mid to upper 20's. 27 is very common
-In the 'About my Date' part they usually fill out just a few things. Quite often they require a large range of heights 3'0' to 8'0' for example. Again how many models are that flexible!
-Typically if you wink at them or e-mail you, once you make contact, they will block thier profile so that you cannot view it anymore
I have found a lot of these ads all through the site:
The most interesting thing I found was that when I did a general search I found one woman/man with the same exact photo on 4 different profiles! All in different US cities. I think maybe I will wink at all 4 or write an e-mail telling him\her that I found her identical twin!
My question is will match.com do anything? I seriously doubt it. I am suspicious that match would actually turn their head the other way on this just to suck money out of people. I feel bad for the men who fell into this scam. There appears to be plenty of normal people on the site looking for love. I would love to catch these people. I have had fun playing the detective.
MWN from United States
Once a week or so, I usually go through Match.com and pick out all of their scammers for them. Sometimes they pull the profile and sometimes they don't. I once found the the same picture on 4 differnet profiles. I've warned them many times that the message boards and forums were filling up with complaints about them, but they never reply and behave like they're indifferent to the whole scammer thing. It's clear that they are just after the money and don't care much for their customers. By the way, I'm a paid subscriber to match.com. At least for now.
Ben from United Kingdom
Fania78@yandex.ru This is one of the same Anzhela Skortsova contacted me on CafeLuv.com
Ben from United Kingdom
when she was younger
anonymous from United Kingdom
I too have had contact from'Tanya' from the SEE Brides site. Have not replied yet as I checked this site and she? appears on it qquite a few times. Will be in touch if I find anything else out
firstname.lastname@example.org from United States
Ben, how long have you been receiving letters from her (Anzhela)? What's she been saying to you? Check the other pages of this site for more occurances of this girl who uses the same pics but various other names (for me, Nadezhda or Nadya). She keeps telling me that I am & will forever be her only love. (S)he plays a tough game, but be strong.
anonymous from Saudi Arabia
hello guys i rececevd love litters from one of the girls her picture on this page till now she did not ask for nay things i was rececing dailly now evry 3 days ,is that mean she is ascam so far she is cool polte did not ask for any things .pls i need comment.
best regards This image was also posted here: Dating scammer Tatyana Zaiceva