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11-21-2005, 11:19 PM
Here is the text from a few emails that I have received from someone calling themself "Anya." She initially contacted me through Yahoo Personals. I have received 4 photos from her, but I hesitate to post them b/c I am uncertain if this is a scam or not.

Email 1:
Hi Travis, you ask, where I live - unfortunately i live far from you.
Otherwise it was not necessary for us much e-mail to learn each other.
I live in an average part of Russia, in city Moscow. But if we shall
decide to meet, I hope, that it will be not a problem for us because
earlier I travelled to other countries. I have never been there where
you live but i have been in some countries of Europe; for example
Turkey, Italy, Germany. I traveled as the tourist. Therefore Travis,
you should not have excitement be relative that we not beside. I am
woman, that if I shall like man for a meeting i shall reach him.
Besides in our days it is not a problem to travel. I don't worry about
it and I can do it, it is possible to have relations with the person
of other part of the world. It is very interesting - other culture,
thinking, traditions i like new places, probably you Travis can learn
Russian woman. I wait for yours e-mail, my friend. Yours friend Anya.

Email #2:
Hellooo Travis! Good surprise to receive yours e-mail :) I am pleased,
thank you for contacting me. Internet dating service has found to me
the matches. I preliminary learned them and i has decided to send
message to you to the first. I like your profile more interesting than
others. I hope you have time to send me some messages and we could to
learn each other. well.. a little about me, i am 25 years old, my name
is Anna also friends call me as Any. I was never married I live with
my parents. I have good job. I work as the seller of toys in the shop.
I love my work very much because every day i contact people, when they
do gifts each other, I see pleasure in their eyes, especially children
they are happy, when they receive ships, machines, dolls - they
receive their dream here. Their smiles, laughter, all this pleases me.
Can you tell me more about your work? Do you like your work? I love
amusement parks, outdoor activities, sports, travel, listening to
music, concerts, movies, swimming, some socializing with friends at
bars or clubs but not too often, I love comedy movies the best I like
romance,action. I like music from the 70's and 80's. I like some top
music, some rock, disco music, live music, and occasionally romantic
music. I like to dance very much. I have many friends, we spent time
together, usually we go to the cafe, to watch movies, to the concerts,
we have many other entertainment. I have sports activity i prefer
healthy style of a life. 2-3 times in week I visit the gym (and
sometimes it is less :^) ) I hold my body in the healthy form. And you
have any sports in the life now? I send you my picture i hope you
like. Also i want that you send to me some your pictures but please
not of big size. Tell about you about your interesting things what you
like to do, your hobby, what your character? What qualities do you
like in women? I hope we shall have time for writing other interesting
letters to each other. We shall look what will be... Write to me, I
shall wait your letter. Your friend Any.

Email #3:
HI Travis! I am pleased to receive your message again. It means you
are interested in me. Do you really like my picture? well.. i shall
send you another my picture in the following letter. Travis? i have
some questions i hope to get your answers, It's important for me to
learn some your opinion. Also i shall try to answer your questions, if
not now that later, I think you read my profile and could see that I
have serious intentions im looking for serious relations. i hope you
too, if you looking for fun, tell me goodbye, welll I shall try to
tell a little about my character. well.. I think iam very romantic
woman. I like to communicate with people, it is pleasant to me i like
good humour. Also i very much estimate, honesty, loyalty,
understanding, patience. I believe in love, and I think it very
valuable thing which needs to be protected. I very jealous person. I
adore, to hear compliments and is ready to listen many times. I like
Cleanliness around of myself, I do cleaning often. I love a cosiness
in the house and I enjoy in the silent evening of a house. Also i like
to cook. I like a chicken. I shall tell about it somehow. well also I
am always ready to be the most most patient. i think i good woman :) I
want to find a good guy, i think all women dream to find good man and
i dream about beautiful romantic relations. But often such things come
to the end very quickly. In relations should be not only romanticism,
also the lovers should think of a reality. I have no intention to
spend my time with only romanticism. I search for the man which knows
that he wants in life, not only in dreams, While i have not met such
man in my life. But i hope to find such person. I am not
materialistic, I hope to make family. I think its main thing, not
career or other success. Happy good family and loveperson are main.
Tell me please what you want in the life? What woman? i want to know
this things. I shall wait yours e-mail. I hope we shall learn each
other gradually Yours Anya.

Email #4:
Hi Travis! I am glad to receive again your message, every day we shall
learn more about each other and it's an interesting. I had usual day
but i have received your letter and now my mood became much better, it
is really pleasant for me that you write to me. Thank you for yours
some answers to my questions it helps me to learn more about you and
to understand you.You asked me about my email adress. I don't know,
it's first what come in my mind. Don't you like how I call it? I send
you another my picture. I hope you like me on photo.Travis tell me
more about your family. Do you have many relatives? How often do you
visit each other how often do you gather? I have very good family. As
i already wrote i live with my mom and daddy. We live in a cosy
apartment, there are three rooms a kitchen a bathroom and a balcony. I
have my own room. I have loved mom and loved daddy, i one child in
family i always wanted to have the younger brother or the sister to
look after them. My parents are very good, careful and kind people,
they always understand me. They love me very much, I love them too
....... My mom's name is Eleonora, she is very sensual and kind woman.
She is 47 years old, earlier she worked as adviser of the industrial
goods but now she does not work. My daddy's name is Robert. He is
strict, but fair man. He is 52 years old. He works as the welder. I
love my family very much we frequently spend time together. In my
private life i have emptiness. I have been never married, my last
boyfriend was almost my age, we were with him together almost 2 years,
but he appeared the rascal, he deceived me though pretended, that
everything is all right, that always with me is fair. I thought, he
loves me, but he was a fool (sorry for expression), he frequently
deceived me he was the liar, for him friends and were more important
than a party. For him there was no important we relations, and I with
him have said goodbye and not how many I do not regret about it,
therefore, now I search for more serious and sincere really " adult
man for serious relations". There are no anybody for serious
relations. In the beginning you think you have met the good suitable
person, but then you understand that were mistaken in the person.
Likely therefore I also use the web service of date. So it is possible
to study an internal side of the person, Probably here I can find the
person who will be to love me, appreciate and understand me. For me
not important his financial situation and work he makes. i hope to
find who appreciate women and who can care of woman. I shall be ready
to give all myself, well I shall be brief Travis, write to me about
your ideas of that. I wait your letter. Yours Anya.

Email #5:
Hi Dear, Travis i did not inform you earlier my address because i not
enough knew you. I live in average area of Russia, Moscow. To my
regret it is far from you, else it was not necessary for us much
e-mail, to learn each other. We could meet, talk, to spend some time
together and good learn each other. But for us it will be not a fast
way. But if we shall decide to meet, I hope, that it will be not a
problem for us because earlier I travelled to other countries. I was
in the several countries of Europe; for example Turkey, Italy,
Germany. I traveled as the tourist. Therefore Travis, you should not
have excitement be relative that we not beside. I am woman, that if I
shall like man for a meeting i shall reach him. Besides in our days it
is not a problem to travel. I don't worry about it and I can do it, it
is possible to have relations with the person of other part of the
world. It is very interesting - other culture, thinking, traditions i
like new places, probably you Travis can learn Russian woman. I am
confident that you are able to give tenderness and able to care of
women and if we have decided to meet i hope i would be surrounded your
attention. well i finish my letter now. I wait for your messages.
Yours Anya.

Email #6:
Hi my dear Travis! I reading your letter and it is interesting to me
to find out your opinion about my ideas that i spoke last time. We
have good our exchange of and i think, that now i can make some
opinion of your character. Thanks again for some answeres on my
questions. I hope it not tired you.Thank you very much for your
photos. I like your tatoo,espessaily on your back. How is this child
on photo(you told me that you haven't children), very sweet photo. And
very beautiful photo with snowboard. You asked me about my english. I
learned it in school. I know that my english is not perfect, but I
hope that you can understand part of my language. I hope you like this
picture as well as other my pictures. Also i hope to see another your
pictures. Dear i would like to learn, how do you like to spend free
time. I very cheerful person also i think out various entertainments
for itself and the friends. I like to help them to make life
interesting. It can be different things: dances, cinema, parties or
entertainments on the nature. But if to speak frankly in last time
these entertainments give less pleasure. I frequently dream about
romantic evening with the favourite person, it can be a supper or
simply walk . I think, that in it there is a lot of charm. Do you
think, sometimes, of such things? Travis, excuse for a question: do
you have there now any woman? I think, that you are good man and many
women see you as good man too. You like to me. What your private life
now, please tell me about it. Write to me more about your feelings and
desires, i like always to read, when you tell about yourself. I wait
for your messages. Hugs and kisses. Your Anya.

Email #7:
Hi my lovely Travis! I am very glad to news from you.Travis, yesterday
I could not send you another letter because I had no opportunity to
access to Internet. We haven't phone in our apartment is and
consequently my computer has no input in a network. Usually i write
down the message to you on a diskette, and then I go with it to the
girl familiar to me, she live almost near me, Her computer have input
to the Internet and I send to you my letters from there. But yesterday
she was absent at home. I hope, what you Travis did not lose me. I
missed without yours e-mail. Today on work I thought of you and, it
was pleasant for me to know, that there is a person, which thinks of
me too, reads my ideas and writes something for me. And how you
Travis? did you miss me these days? Today i with friends plan to have
some entertainment. It will be possible some club or a disco, or some
concert. It is a pity, that you is far now. I think, we could spend
perfectly together evening. I hope, we'll do it in the future and
we'll can well have fun. I am sure, that it will be good time for us
Travis! We shall drink easy wine, then to dance, while our legs can
maintain it. And after that we probably shall reach somewhere
else....., and where we'll make some things. Ideas about it me
beforehand raise. My imagination very much advanced and I can
represent many details of ours appointment. I think it is time to me
to finish this letter, otherwise I shall write a lot of superfluous
and I shall have then confusion before you. I wait yours e-mail, my
lovely. Hugs and kisses!!! Yours Anya.

So what do you all think?



11-22-2005, 02:20 AM
Looks like you have two writing to you. Send them both $3,000.00 and see which one comes to visit. NOT REALLY. Visas to the USA are hard to get, check out the INS web site or the embassy/consulate, all the info is there. You need a visa for Russia, easy... no visa for Ukraine. Dont send money, spend it snowboarding dude.

11-22-2005, 07:38 AM
Hi !

Looks very much like prewritten letters. I have received many similar like these from scammers. Make a Google search and you will find them there. Ask specific questions. For example about 70's music which she says she likes. Ask also about the trips she has made to Germany, Turkey etc. Ask photos from these trips. But I am sure that these letters are from a scammer. You can play with her but NEVER SEND MONEY !
Do not even think about going there before you are absolutely sure about her.

11-25-2005, 07:20 PM

11-25-2005, 07:22 PM
most scams involve pre-written letters.
they're usually generic, the grocery-list kind of, seasoned with wind&fire, sea&earth pastel colored feelings.

11-27-2005, 05:39 AM
Sending money willnever be in my plans. However, spending a considerable amount on travelling to and from Moscow for a visit isa possibility. I have some friends here in the US that are from Moscow, so I can plan my trip mainly around visiting the city, seeing the sites, staying with my friend and their families, and then as a bonus, meeting up with Anya or Irina, or Anstacia, or whomever. So I guess it wouldn't be a total loss if it ended up being a scam, except that instead of Moscow I could go to vacation in Prague and/or Bratislava and/or Budapest and/or Bucharest.