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First reported as Svetlana Popovich
|Also reported as:||unknown|
|Variants of name(s):||Sveta, Svetik, Svetla, Svetlanka, Svetochka, Svitlana|
|Known location(s):||Odessa (Ukraine)|
|Address(es):||Ukraine, 65000, Odessa, Shulova str., 41-7|
|Found on website(s):||Friend Finder|
|Available fake docs:||unknown|
I am Louis Ducoudray, architect, beach hotel owner in Costa Rica, early 50's. I met Svetlana - she uses Mila for a name. I have also reported this scammer to Western Union and to Costa Rica police authorities.
I followed Mila's game, completely aware she is a scammer and invited her to Costa Rica. This is an extract of one her letters:
I write to you tonight with my heart in my hand, it is an russian way of saying that I am being very honest and true... I would love to meet you in Costa Rica. I think it would be right and wise to finally meet each other there... To get done my international passport for two weeks will cost 250 USD... I have been talkign to the travel agency today and they told me that the best and easyest way for me to get visa is through the travel agency, it will cost 380 USD and will be done in two weeks... And we will be able to buy a plane tickets from this travel agency with the student discount, which should be 370 USD two ways. Will you be able to take care of those excpencives?"
I had previously informed her that visas for Costa Rica are given immediately at the Moscow Costa Rica Consulate, for FREE!
An excerpt from her letter:
"I don't know the exact price to Costa Rica, I think it is about 850$ from Odessa, but 370$ with the student discount. It is AeroSvit airlines. The name of the agensy is ODESSA-AIRPORT. That is airport darling Louis, they don't have an e-mail address..."
After these and other letters, it was absolutely clear she was trying to scam me for +$1000. No Aerosvit airline flies into Costa Rica, and the Odessa Airport is not a travel agency! I wrote several times asking about flight route, to please explain her contradictory information and she sent this letter:
Thank you for all your sweet letters, but I really cannot handle all your questions to me. I have got tired Louis of that empty talking. Everything that I said in my letter regarding the prices it correct and I am not going to excplane you so many times why is this and why is that. So I think we be better to stop here, because we will get to nowhere. Wish you luck, Mila."
Here are some of the photos they use. Beware, they are really beautiful (the photos). Thanks for you wonderful service and congratulations on your work!
Louis (Costa Rica)
Typical scammer. Her letters are long, but very unpersonal. The only personal content was my name in the beginning. In the third letter she asked me to send money for internet cafe.
Dear Stop Scammers,
I have begun corresponding with Sveta and this would be about letter number 4.
For the first time I have now been given her full name and contact details and I see that this name is in the scammers data base.
As yet no request for many.
A few of the earlier emails seemed odd ..one point she said that Russian families are not close when children are adults...strange having lived amongst the Russian community na dbeen to Russia a number of times I found the complete opposite.
But no doubt it will arrive sooner or later.
So she is still active.