Below is the sad story of the victim of a super-scammer: Super Scammed I am a 33 year old divorced father of one.
I wish to share with everybody a financially and emotionally painful experience I had with an attractive 25 year old hairdresser from Yoshkar-Ola, Russia. On 7 April I received an email from a lady named Sofiya through an internet dating site. It was very short and straight to the point.
We then started exchanging emails and photos and I was fooled by her emotional and warm words. She talked about how important it is to have trust and that she prefers to view the world as having more good people than bad and that she could not wait until she lives with me in Australia to be "happy forever".
She was very convincing and I believed everything she said. The slight difference in Sofiya's technique compared to other scammers was that she answers questions in detail.
She even talked about some local issues and cultural matters too. When I asked her why such a beautiful young lady is interested in me, she said that Russian men are alcoholics and that they do not respect women. We exchanged emails every day up until 22 May I challenged Sofiya before she asked me for any money and said that her communication style fits perfectly into the "scam pattern". Sofiya then sent me a photo of herself with her mother, a photo of her as a little child etc to try and prove that she was genuine and she even telephoned me in the middle of the night!
I felt sorry for her and unfortunately we re-commenced our communication. Sofiya then gave me details of her itinerary on 11 May She even telephoned me two times and we talked on the second call and she sounded very distressed begging me to pay that amount via Western Union. I checked the immigration policy in Australia and we actually do have a requirement to pay security bond when application for visa is lodged in certain countries including Russia.
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I have not heard from Sofiya since I sent a confirmation to her that money has been transferred on 23 May I was so naive and silly that I waited for Sofiya for 3 hours at the airport with a bunch of flowers. Singapore Airlines later confirmed that Sofiya's original booking was cancelled by a Russian agent and that she did not re-book her flights.
Oh and not to mention the one month annual leave that I forcefully obtained from my work and beachfront accommodation and restaurants that I had to cancel.
Actual Scam Letters Letter 1: I am very happy, that you have answered my letter. I think, that I and you Dave, we shall be the best friends and I think, that we on it we shall not stop and in the future we become people close each other. But I want once again I shall tell, that we should not hasten. I know that we should get too know each other, and I hope that we can discover that we can truly be free to express ourselves together and be knowing each other like man and wife.
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That you would know me and I would know you. I am sure, that ours relations will stand all tests and we shall find that searched. I want to inform you, about myself. Omsk - the largest industrial, scientific and cultural centre of Western Siberia having in high social, scientific, industrial potential. Omsk is on distance of km to from Moscow. I the single child and at me was not present brothers and sisters.
I till now live with my parents in one apartment. I have learnt the english language when studied in the Omsk state university. I work in pharmacology to firm. To us send medical products about all to Russia. On work I study biotransformation of medicinal substances in organism, biochemical mechanisms, actions of medical products in clinical practice. Very much to like me my work as it responsible and from it depends health of people. I not when was not abroad, but the last year, in the summer I was on the black sea in city of Gelendzhik.
I was very pleased as I the first time saw the sea and there many people, in comparison with our city. The population of Omsk - thousand people. At leisure, I like to go to cinema, theatre to look teleshow. I very cheerful person, I like to laugh, I love films of a comedy. I am not able to play on a musical instrument, though very much sometime I want to learn to play on the piano. Sometimes we meet with friends, we discuss, as has passed the day, interesting histories, jokes etc.
At you it is a lot of friends? Who your best friend? Kiss in a cheek.
It is pleasant to speak with the man from other continent and understand that I can find general language with the man which has grown in other culture, in other country.
Today here is perfect day and there is a lot of to people in streets of city. I come to an idea that I would like to walk with you sometime as simply as other people do it. I'm really very lonely in my life and it occurs from lack of mutual understanding between the people. All of us hurry up somewhere, we hasten some where and practically we don't notice each other. The people so strongly are in the ideas and problems, that sometimes it is very difficult to knock up to consciousness of other man.
They look at you as it seems, they talk to you as it seems, but by detailed consideration we make only common phrases. Very seldom on a question: Did you notice ever how open some children can be? I very much would like to find the man, which would be open and always be young soul.
And else I very much frequently think of the responsibility, which we accept, when we occur in life any man. When we interfere in someone's life, becoming the friends or beloved, we carry huge responsibility for an emotional condition and further behaviour those with whom we communicate. Each minute, each word can turn the further life of the man by a completely uncertain image. Unfortunately not everybody understand this so deeply, and many people didn't reflect on it at all.
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The human indifference to all except for itself is the basic factor, which defines the majority of things concerning the man and woman in the modern world. We think of ourselves and about our feelings very much, but aren't noticing that occurs in soul of the close man. I'm tired from this indifference and I want to be near to man,which will love me,will understand me and will be thinking about that he does and what speaks Excuse, that I have given vent to you to my soul today, but I would want that you knew it.
I hope that you understand me and that I write you. You became very dear to me and I would like to develop our attitudes on a way of mutual understanding and respect.
With the best wishes Aleksandra. I am very glad to read your letter as they give me confidence with the happy future. You know, in the childhood I dreamed, that I shall find the princewith whom I can come on edge of the ground. In a consequence, I have understood, that actually there are no princes. Ideal the man cannot be found. But close to an ideal which is necessary for you, you can find. I can not tell you with confidence, that you - my ideal.
You too can not tell, that I - your ideal. But in it the reason, what people fall in love? The reason here in many respects. I can not explain an origin of love. I can not explain why the woman draws to the man.
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