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First reported as Olga Nikolaeva
|Also reported as:||Marina Makarova|
|Variants of name(s):||Helga, Lelya, Marinka, Marinochka, Marisha, Maryna, Marynochka, Olchik, Olechka, Olechkaanks, Olenka, Oleshka, Oleshka, Olgo, Olgunka, Olha, Olia, Olika, Olinushka, Oliya, Olja, Olly, Olra, Olushka, Oly, Olyushka|
|Known location(s):||Noviy Urengoy (Russia)|
|Address(es):||Russia, 629300, New Urengoy, Anniversary str., 28|
|Found on website(s):||Web Date|
|Available fake docs:||unknown|
|Celebrity website:||visit official site|
Dating Scam a.k.a. Russian Scam
Report N2 (added on April, 8, 2005)
I am forwarding an email I received from Marina Makarova (aka: Olga Nikolaeva who is already on
Stop-Scammers.com) asking me to send her money via Western Union to help pay for a tourist visa. I am also attaching some other photo's she sent to me of her. I hope the other photo's can help the authorities ultimately
identify and track down this criminal, that is, if this activity can be done with your web site.
Fortunately I never sent any monies to this person, but I was not so fortunate last spring when I was scammed by a different individual who was by far much more intelligent and much more skilled at pulling this classic
"visa and plane ticket" con. For one thing, she did not exhibit the traditional markings most of these "love swindlers" do. She didn't fall instantly in love with me in just a few letters. In fact she started off extremely hesitant in wanting to start an internet relationship with me, which is probably one of the things she used against me to win over my complete trust.
It was shortly after I sent money to a bogus travel agency she was supposedly making travel arrangements with (but she still never showed up) that I found out the Consulate of the US does not issue visa's to unmarried Russian women - unless they can prove they are already financially secure.
The reason this is done is to prevent human trafficking, but unfortunately I did not know that at the time. If a Russian woman can prove they are already financially secure, then they certainly do not need help with finances for a visa/airplane fare/etc. even if their salary is lower than ours. She swindled me out of nearly $4000.00 which included Western Union finance charges and credit card cash advance fees which I also had to pay.
It's been said, "Fool me once: shame on you. Fool me twice: shame on me."
But when thousands of dollars are involved because someone is constantly being lied to and into believing feelings are mutual and hence the relationship is genuine, even being fooled once like this is more than enough for anyone to take. There is a line from an old Emerson, Lake and Palmer song I think that goes, "We are all not so smart when it comes to affairs of the heart."
The only reason I haven't filed a report on your web site against Elena Antropova is because I have already removed all her phoney "email love messages" and all her pictures she sent to me from my computer. I have copied them to a compact CD however. I've also reported her activities to the US Consulate, the International Web Police, and even the FBI Internet Crimes division last summer. I've kept all her correspondence on a CD just
in case I would ever hear anything from these agencies, but none of those agencies have been helpful to me. Apparently the Russian "Internet-love-crime" is simply not high enough on their list of Internet criminal priorities.
Oh well - thank you at least for hearing my side of the story.
P.S. Here is the original message from Marina Makarova asking me for money for a tourist Visa.