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Dating scam from Kazan, Russia - Part 1

I would like to warn fellow males from a scam artist, located in Russia.

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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)

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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).

Letter 1:

X-Originating-IP: [] 
Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig) 
Received: from (EHLO ( 
          by with SMTP; Wed, 07 Sep 2005 23:02:29 -0700 
Received: from [] ( []) 
          by (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id j885LxCa024528 
          for ; Thu, 8 Sep 2005 09:28:33 +0400 (MSD) 

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  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
friend Barbi.

Letter 2:

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.

Letter 3:

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.

Letter 4:

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


Letter 5:

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..

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2010-03-03, 13:39:09
[hidden] from United States  
Hey, guys...
We kinda have the same situation here...

I was surprised when I 'out of the curiousity' google the name Tatyana Nanova...

I am not aware that there'd been a few of his/her ( probably their) victims.. w/ different variations...

Well... this girl might not be the same 'Tanya' or 'Tatyana' u encountered..

this girl appeared rather 'desperate' as in needy and 'careless' to include her full address in her last 2 mails or so which was 2 days ago...

This girl appeared genuine and 'innocent' as she keep posting her personal photo & included some family & friends ( which is probably not hers... as he/she/ they could just have it reproduced from someone's FB or other Social networking site... so be careful of what u posted there)

Desperate.. as she 'appeared' needy for immediate marriage.. and willing to take any stupid risk of exposing 'her' location & identity..
& losing her current job just to pursue 'her ideal marriage'

Her letter's somewhat 'fabricated' & I agree w/ most of you that.. after 6-8 mails ( 1st is yahoo, then after 2 letter or so 'she switch to another provider which is synonymous w/ scamming activities... sorry can't post here.. for fearing someone might sue me..) she began to show her true colour...
asking for money escrow for her airline ticket... to my destination... ( truly I don't even know if she read my letters to find out.. so many missing informations... kind of she's in a hurry)

She even boldly include her passport's front page which have her picture clearly as well as place of issuance.. ( probably fake... or genuine but hijacked from another source??)

Clearly.. she's desperate.. and I don't know if this is genuinely scam until I google...

Well... Russian authorities...

If you're reading this, you better get back as me ASAP..
as I was the latest 'victim'

I can give you the lastest address.. and working ( probably not, cos she hasn't responded) email.. for you to trace...

PS: she appeared much prettier than the pics posted here... but somehow.. I feared.. she was just being used... I think.. not the same girl in your pic.. posted here... but same initial.. TN
2010-03-03, 18:10:04
OJAS from United States  
2010-03-04, 14:24:34   (updated: 2010-03-04, 14:44:48)
anonymous from Finland  
How are you? I know that my letter for you is a surprise, but I very much would want to get acquainted with you!
My friend Ekaterina has found the love on a site be2 and I as well as she I want to try the happiness!
If you will become interested in dialogue with me I very much to this I shall be glad, I as would like to see your photo!
i tryed to put my photo on be2, but
without success, so i'll send your my photo, which I
tried to place there
Сan i ask a questions??
Why you search girl here?
How old you?
It will be interesting to me to communicate to you and to begin our acquaintance!
I hope that you free the man and if it so that, write to me the answer please!
I with impatience shall wait for your letter!
Olga= ekaterina babina
warning warning this woman is very bad warning emails

2010-03-04, 14:55:51
anonymous from Finland  

2010-03-06, 22:35:16 from United States  
@TN from US ,

If you sent any money to Tatyana, I would suggest that you consider contacting Russian authorities:

Also, I would like to invite all victims of Russian scammers to participate in a research study on this subject that will be conducted soon:

Also, let me note that scammers routinely provide their intended targets with pictures of fake passports, and with physical addresses. In general, the scammers have little to fear. So, they can afford to be bold - it pays off big time for them.
2010-03-13, 22:13:16 from United States  
Attention anyone who corresponded with 'visa-and-tickets' or translation agency scammers from Russia and Ukraine:

There will be a research study performed on the subject of those types of scams. The study will be performed by the University of Texas at Dallas, and it will be conducted between Match 15 and April 15 of this year.

We are looking for participants who have had experience with those types of scams and can give their perspective.

The main requirements:
-     You have been asked for money
-     The correspondence has ended
-     You are fluent in English
-     You were not “baiting” the scammer

If you are interested, here a link:

Contact information is provided on that page. Please pass this information on to all who corresponded with scammers from Russia / Ukraine within the last 5 years
2010-04-16, 06:45:56
[hidden] from China  
Thanks very much for putting those useful tips. After reading those, I felt a bit shocking, as I felt the descriptions are so familiar to me and I did encounter many same or similar cases, luckily I never sent money out. Here I'd like to write my experience to share with you guys, and you are welcome to add comments or explain my queries or give advices anyway, some of which I proved as said here. My experience includes the communications with Russian and Ukrainian girls, though here is only for the discussion for those from Kazan.

1. I quite often met some girls attaching 2-3 or more photos even on the first reply, and some of them are revealing as said by someone here also. Also they dont mind putting their friends and family's photos too, the problem is it'd be still very early to show those people on an initial stage.

2. I found it weird to put a number in bracket though not more than 4, but norally 2 and 4 i.e.[2] and [4] followed by hollo something in the title bar, of course if they put this as a mark?

3. The first reply would be normally very long paragraph, seems to be the form letter, right, a good word I just got to learn today! Followed by other the same length replies but each girl told the same or similar story! Typically lived in a town and granny in village but when she was little she was in the forest to pick up the mushrooms blablabla... and yesterday was taking a walk in park with her girlfriend (yes, her girlfriend!) somebody like Yuliya and saw other couples walking with kids but she would feel sad blablabla...

4. The girl is in Russia but she used a address, why?

5.Yes, found those who deleted their profiles off the website after she replied to me. However this would involve individual websites. At some websites the girls like to exchange mails on the site and seldom give emails out, and at some other sites, they always give the email addresses out. So I feel this would be a style of the website?!

6. Sometimes I got girls' message to my email address, and I dont know where and how they got to know me, I did ask them back, they all said either forgot or from the search engine.

7. Yes, as said, almost the girl are very quickly to fall in love even in the first message and say your girlfriend from Russia or Ukraine. And for the very long message, most contents are the very moody tastes! Repeated expressions of think of, miss, blablabla...

8. Many girls put the age range from very young to very old, don't think this is a very real intention.

9. I think it's a good way to ask for a specific photo, normally they fail to show.

10. And when I asked some questions, normally they ignored to answer. Even answered, they just put in simple words in the bottom of the message headed by PS!

11. Last but not least, I dont think most people's English is good, only some very good!

2010-04-16, 14:59:05   (updated: 2010-04-16, 15:02:59)
OJAS from United States  
Thanks China. Hope you become a regular contributor. These links might interest you…
Generally the "girl" is
2010-04-24, 14:27:22
anonymous from United States  
Want to protect yourself against a potential scammer? It's quite simple....


It doesn't matter if you have exchanged a million emails filled with 'love.'

It doesn't matter if you have talked with this person a thousand times by phone.

It doesn't matter if you have had the most wonderful experience of your life on webcam or any web conferencing event.

Forget what your 'feelings' tell you at the time... you are now a compassionate and loving person ready to have your wallet stolen by an internet pickpocket.


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2010-05-11, 17:16:09
anonymous from Czech Republic  

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2010-05-13, 18:54:47
Jamie from United Kingdom  
I am getting emails from a Kazan girl too and they sound like thwe ones above, but now she wants my phone number so she can call me? is this all part of the scam??
2010-05-13, 21:28:09
OJAS from United States  
@UK, call "her" If "she" has no cell phone, read →
2010-05-19, 13:12:42
2010-06-02, 07:57:57
anonymous from Australia  
hey mate from Finland that girl is a scam, I recicved many pictures from her and many letters dont fall for it! Natalia is not real..
2012-01-22, 03:26:47

Nice to meet you, my friend! I am writing you this letter to tell
you about myself, I think it is the great way to start the
communication. I will try to tell you the essential things about

I'm Valentina, this is full name, my friends call me Valya, so
I prefer this name, you can also call me like this. I live in
Zimogorye, this is the city in Luganskaya region, Ukraine. My
city is not big, but lovely, you can come and see it yourself one
day. If we both like each other enough, of course! :)
I'm 29 years old and I has already graduated from college, my
major was Preschool Education and I now I'm working as a nanny, I
earn money by baby-sitting and teaching kids younger than 6 years
old (this is the age of entering school here) I help kids to
prepare to the school, teach them writing, reading, mental
arithmetic and take care about them while their parents are at
work. I like this job, but it is really exhausting and not
well-paid. But I still do this because I like working with kids,
I feel that I am doing something important for the world. In
future I want to have my own kids, but of course it will depend
on my partner. I can tell you the truth that I have been married
before one time, and now Im divorced, the problem was that ex wanted
to isolate me from all world,and I did not want to loose myself so we
decided to break relationship. Im already single for 2 years.
I can tell you that age difference is not a problem for me, no!
I'm looking for the mature serious relationships, I'm not
desperate so I won't get married with the first man I talk to.
I'm not looking for the citizenship, but I'm ready to relocate if
this is necessary. I can count the amount of qualities that my
man should have, but it will be senseless, it is impossible to
find an ideal partner. I just want to meet the man with whom I
will feel myself loved and comfortable and who will allow me to
love him and take care about him. Maybe it is you???

I think it will be enough for the beginning, I don't want to make
my letter long not to bore you,

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