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First reported as Yana Volkova
|Also reported as:||Irina Smirnova, Tatyana Tsaregorodseva, Yana Ivanischeva|
|Variants of name(s):||Iana, Ianusha, Ianushenka, Ira, Irchonka, Irchushka, Irena, Irene, Irinka, Irisha, Irishik, Irishka, Irka, Irocha, Irochka, Iroschka, Irushka, Irusichka, Irusik, Irwinka, Iryna, Iryush, Iyana, Jana, Janna, Janny, Tanechka, Tani, Tantana, Tanulechka, Tanulenka, Tanulya, Tanusha, Tanushka, Tanya, Tanyuha, Tanyusechka, Tanyusha, Tanyushka, Tasha, Tatana, Tati, Tatiana, Tatik, Tatiyana, Tatty, Taty, Tatyanushka, Tetyana, Tonya, Trishka, Yanka, Yanna, Yanochka, Yanusia, Yryna|
|Known location(s):||Kurgan (Russia); Novosibirsk (Russia)|
Lenin St., 14-18, 635099 Kurgan, Russia|
Russia, Novosibirsk, Sovetskaya str., 54-102
|Phone number(s):||7(8632) 26 44 24|
|Found on website(s):||Match|
|Available fake docs:||unknown|
My name is Al. I am a computer technician from New York, who joined match.com with no intention of seeking a Russian bride. Then the letters started.I was not actually scammed but only because I got lucky and stumbled across the anti-scam guide in time, but she certainly tried hard. I received these letters from a woman claiming to be Yana Volkova.
If you receive letters like this from any woman from Novosibirsk, do not send money and do not develop any emotional attachment. The woman does not exist. You are corresponding with a criminal. You can respond if you like, but you should know that you are wasting your time. Or if you want to do something good, when you get the first “send me money” letter, send “her” a fake Western Union MTU number and alert Russian authorities so they can arrest the criminal when she comes to pick up the money.
She must have given up on me at that point. If anybody establishes contact with her, please let me know at email@example.com
I am also one of the many who have been scammed by this lethal gal or person. I have recently broken up with my girlfriend and decided to join the MATCH Web site. I am 40 years old and was not interested in a women from Russia let alone a 28 year old women. (First Warning) The second day I joined the web site Yana sent me an email exactly like the other Introductory email she sent to others saying how she liked my structure. She had a site name of TNT2002. She told me to send an email to her personnel account at firstname.lastname@example.org We continued to send several emails to each other learning about each other. She sent me a picture of her self with each email. She was attractive but nothing spectacular, it was more of a thrill to be talking to a Russian women half way across the world. Yana lives with her mum, her father died on an expedition when she was young. She has a grandfather named Fedor. Yana claims to work in a hospital helping young children. Yana claims to have a boyfriend who was having an affair and for two years she has not dated. About the fifth letter she wants to marry me!! I was taken back by this and told her this was too soon, but her passion was too strong to hold back and had to tell me. She is very lonely for me and wants to be with me. She then leads into wanting to come to the USA to see me. She then sends a provocative picture in the bathing suit by Crimea which borders the Black Sea. I then took the bait and offered to help her come to the USA. She goes to the embassy with $50 to start the registration process. She needs $378.20 to process the passport quickly. She told me to sent money via Western Union to Yana Volkova, Sovetskaya Street 54-102, Novosibirsk, Russia. She then ends the letter with a sexual dream she asks if I had the same dream. The dream is the same on another letter she sent to one of her victims. We then send emails to each other with mention of money. She sent a poem about our love. The next letter she said the embassy said it is time to send money for round trip tickets and flight insurance of $370. Total cost of flight and insurance $1470. I was still pushing back the marriage subject but was willing to fly her out to Colorado to meet her for a few weeks. Yana wanted to meet for Christmas and asked the airport we would meet at in Denver. I wired the money again through Western Union. Yana normally wrote to me every 2-3 days like clockwork. But this time she didn't write for five days. I sent an email asking for her immediate response. She sent a letter and apologized and said the email system she did not trust. She then said she had to go to Moscow to get passport and would write from Moscow informing of the flight schedule. Yana never wrote back after my attempts to communicate. My last letter gave her three days to return my money or I was going to inform the authorities in USA and Russia. Yana apparently has much confidence in the lack of quality of Russian police for she did not send back the money about $1900. Yana continues to scam people. I have notified Match.com they have documented the complaint. I have notified Western Union security dept. The women at the WU international help desk said there is nothing wrong when a women changes her mind about using the money for other reasons and that I should just back off. I told the lady I disagreed and that there is fraud, deceipt and thieft involved here. She said I had to prove it! I sent in a claim to the www.ifccfbi.gov Have not heard from them but it has only been two days and tomorrow is Christmas so hopefully they will respond. I plan to send information to the USA Russian embassy. This gal has apparently only been operating for a few months and has made over $5000 plus the additional dollars from guys who have not yet found this site. Unfortunately I found this site three weeks too late. I plan to inform the FBI of this site for research purposes. I also talked to a US lawyer he was basically telling me to inform the Russian Consolate or take the beating and walk away. There is also other intelligence I have gained from this site that will be added with my claim to the FBI. Hopefully the others who have encountered this disturbed person will report there intelligence to the FBI. The FBI apparently is the only agency that works on international cases.
If there is an American who saw this site before sending her money or is currently communicating with her please contact me at email@example.com so we can gain more intelligence to strengthen this case.
She contacted me about 30 days ago, and began asking for money today for her passport/visas.
Here are some excerpts from her letters...