The following article was taken from the web site of the United States Embassy in Moscow. Do not send ,000.00 over there, either she is getting scrammed or she is trying to scam you.
It deals with Internet dating fraud and reinforces what we have been advising our clients of for years. For more information about the Russian internet scams, please view the Department of State's Public Announcement on these scams at:
Russian Internet Dating Scams The growing popularity of Internet romance has led to the growth of fraudulent online activity directed at Americans. The International Matchmaking sector has the added dimension of distance; many of the couples will correspond without ever actually meeting. Just recently, the headlines have been ripe with information about specific scams involving so-called Russian women.
The United States Embassy in Moscow is receiving increasing numbers of complaints from American citizens who have been lured into online relationships via false internet profiles. In one case, a man was sentenced to 5 years in jail for defrauding hundreds of men for more than 0,000.
The only thing we would add to this is that it is not only Russian women or organizations that engage in such fraud, use caution with whomever you are dealing with when on-line, even within the United States! I have sent this individual ,000.00 and now I find out his/her visa is a fake. It may be due to the fact that in the matchmaking industry we are dealing with such intangibles as love, hopes, and dreams.
The fee to do everything on your side and hers is ,500.00 plus a few hundred in costs.
Often, these are men pretending to be women who make contact with Americans usually men over the Internet through dating websites or chat rooms. The New York Times recently ran an article dealing with E-mail and Internet scams involving so-called Russian women.
The fictitious person then seeks to create a virtual relationship through the exchange of photos and e-mails. Embassy in Moscow urges Americans to exercise caution many U. citizens have lost hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars. Scammers usually misinform the Americans about travel expenses and/or they inflate the cost of the expenses that do exist. In both cases they discuss how these women didn't even really exist, yet the men still sent thousands of dollars to them.
Sometimes they are stuck at the airport and are not allowed to board until they can show they have a certain amount of dollars to cover their expenses while in the U. Some claim to have been robbed of the money that was sent or claim that they are detained at the airport. S., but to get as much money as possible from the victim. We have sent newsletters out on this subject time and time again, and hopefully our clients are not the ones that are falling for these scams.
Most of these scammers are actually men who are paying women a minimal fee to sit and pose for pictures and pick up the money at an office of a money transfer agency. I would like to know whether this person I have met is for real, but all I have is his/her name and photo. Arrest made in Russian women scam We would like to pass this along to demonstrate, yet again, why you should never send money. Please read below: Ekaterinburg, March 2nd, Interfax-Ural.