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First reported as Elena Lebedeva
|Also reported as:||Elena Somolova, Svetlana Shapkina|
|Variants of name(s):||Alenka, Eleena, Elen, Elenka, Elenochka, Eli, Ellena, Ellene, Elona, Helen, Helena, Lena, Lenaa, Lenchik, Lennochka, Lenochka, Lenusik, Lenusikka, Lenusya, Lienkchik, Lleena, Olena, Sveta, Svetik, Svetla, Svetlanka, Svetochka, Svitlana, Yelena|
|Known location(s):||Kazan (Russia)|
|Address(es):||Russia, 420048, Tatarstan, Kazan, street Sakharova, apt 124|
|Found on website(s):||Singles 365|
|Available fake docs:||unknown|
Report N1 (added on July, 25, 2007)
This girl I met on the internet from Kazan area, she was 26 years old. She told me she was an ophan and was brought up in an ophanige. She work in a school for young children who were backward or retarded I think. Her name Elena Lebedeva. She was a blonde with red sripes in here hair. I would say a size 12 to 14 and a little overweight to say the least. Blue eyes and redish cheeks. Her email address is :- email@example.com . She also has her name as Elena Somolova as I asked her why she has a different name to her email address. She told me it was her friends surname that she used. I cant think for the likes of me why!!!
I should have known over those months that things in the end would be a scam that came out of it. The thing is I have been scammed several times before with others from both Nigeria and Russia.
This girl sent me pictures of her over those months and yet nothing she seemed to say added up apart from that she loved me and wanted to get out of Russia. I should have seen this coming and I did. The problem was I did before send her money to come here to me but withdrew it because 6 months prior to that my gut feeling told me not to have sent it. It was only that she did not receive the email with the code from Moneygram that I got my money back. I was fortunate and it should have rung door bells then. Months went by and things calmed down a little. It came to a point that I said to her that I need to you to webcam me and phone me. She told me that she had no webcams in internet cafes in Kazan. I got 2 phone calls in all that time with here but it was unruley hours at 11 and 12 oclock at night there time.
As things went on she was almost begging me to send her the money but this time it was for $800. She said her friend was in a tourist or travel agency and that all would be done in one swoop. I told her that she needed off me an invitation visa plus several other documents inc. utility bills and bank staement in order to get her visa to come here. The money was for flights/ passport/ and visa to come here. I said for me to send her this I wanted something more concrete. I said find a webcam or send me a nude picture of herself to me. That was a no, no on both accounts as she said she was not type of girl. She sent me some in her bra and knickers so that was that.
I was still not conviced on this but she then said that if I did not send her the money to come that she would not in contact further more as she was going to travel to Kirov that week with the children of the school she was working at for Summer school. I said wait until Sept then but she said no. Those next day I got extreme pressure in her asking for the money to travel. She wanted $1000.00 but I said i only had $800 as this was then for me and my children to go on holiday with. She said she would find the other $200 herself from her friend.
When I did send the money, I thought there again goes that and I would not see her for dust. My head said I should not have sent it but my heart over ruled it. Anyway low and behold the next day I got an email saying that she was still coming and was travelling to Moscow that monday. I was amazed to hear this. Yes I even got severail other messages that she was going to the Embassy to get visa. I told her that she had no chance on this as the Embassy only issues out 400 visa to the UK each year.
That Tuesday I got another message to say that she had the visa. Well!! I thought ok! who has she been sleeping with to get that. She had everything to come and then the penny dropped right out of my mouth onto the floor. She needed ?620.00 as this was what was wanted to come to the UK. Eh!!! You joking. I said you had the visa and she said for me to leave Russia I have to go through imigration at Russian airport and they will require me to have a certain amount of money to travel to the UK.
I said that this would have been discussed at the Embassy not afterwards. I then asked for the plane ticket reference number. A reply came back to me but it was not the reference number. Be aware that KLM airlines is a well known company but there is a scam on the internet there but has nothing to do with KLM. It look the same but I have enquired to this. KLM are aware of this and have said ring the number on KLM itself.
I have asked several times for this reference number but now she has not been back in touch with me. This is now why I put her on here and hope anyone else who reads this will keep well away from her.
If you read this, be aware that the long term scammers at this are the best and know when to pounce on someone such as me. Yes I am a fool on this because I closed my eyes and thought there must be a good girl in Russia somewhere. I dont think there is and why after over 250 girils in 6 years prooves that. I have lost over that period trusting people around ?4000.00. I could go on to say that while in Moscow sort a speak she was in her email going to stay at the airport for 2 days until she sorted out all the documents. Then in another email later she was going to stay with her grandmother. This after saying to me that she was an ophan. Something wrong there dont you think.
Her address to me was Russia, Tatarstan,City Kazan,street Sakharova, apt 124, an index 420048
Graham (United Kingdom)
Report N2 (added on August, 3, 2007)
Seemed quite genuine at first but then the inconsistencies started to stack up in the various emails, an odd email ID of firstname.lastname@example.org was used and she used the singles365 site for less than a day.