Letter(s) from Yana Malinina to Theodore (USA)

Letter 1

Love Ted. I am sorry that could not write to you at once. I had problems and tried to solve it. But it was not successfully. My visa is available, but I have not received it because for now I have no tickets. To me gave the visa only that I have photographed it and I have given the visa back. I only held in hands the visa of 5 minutes. I have sent you a photo of the visa that you have believed, that I am real and really I want to arrive to you. I love you with all my heart and I want to visit you. I borrowed money for tickets from my aunt and the girlfriend. But I have not all sum of money for tickets. It is necessary for me only $230. I ask you to help me. Please, our destiny depends on it. I have much made for arrival to you and it are necessary to make only one step. You can help me??? I do not know that to me to do. Here in Moscow I have no familiar people except for my aunt. She cannot help me any more. Understand my situation. I love you!!! Yours Yana.

Letter 2

Good morning my dearest Ted. I see your anxiety, but it is vain. I also worry forthcoming trip to you a little. But I know that all will be good. I pray for day to our meeting. I constantly think of it. I am grateful to you for the help for tickets. Only unfortunately I could not receive money because it is necessary for me to know your full name (Theodore Reinert is correctly?), your home address. This strict rule. I ask to give me your home address as it is possible soon that I could buy tickets. I hope you understand? It is pleasant for me that you liked my photo on the visa. Thanks. There really there was a mistake in dates. I have told him and they have told, that will correct it. I understand that you will be absent with 27 on 31. But do not worry, I think that it not a problem. As soon as I shall buy tickets, I shall inform to you flight. I shall try to choose convenient dates. Now I cannot write more. Know that I shall really arrive to you. I so want it. I love you. I shall wait your letter with your address. Take care. With love, Yana.

Letter 3

Ted. now evening and I have decided to check up have written you to me. It is necessary for me to know your address which you have specified in the form of a remittance. In any case give me your both addresses. Now I should go, I am waited by the aunt. God bless you, my dearest Ted. Yours soon Yana.

Letter 4

Love Ted. I am sorry that could not write to you at once. I had problems and tried to solve it. But it was not successfully. My visa is available, but I have not received it because for now I have no tickets. To me gave the visa only that I have photographed it and I have given the visa back. I only held in hands the visa of 5 minutes. I have sent you a photo of the visa that you have believed, that I am real and really I want to arrive to you. I love you with all my heart and I want to visit you. I borrowed money for tickets from my aunt and the girlfriend. But I have not all sum of money for tickets. It is necessary for me only $230. I ask you to help me. Please, our destiny depends on it. I have much made for arrival to you and it are necessary to make only one step. You can help me??? I do not know that to me to do. Here in Moscow I have no familiar people except for my aunt. She cannot help me any more. Understand my situation. I love you!!! Yours Yana.

Letter 5

Dear Mr. Reinert,

I am sorry, but the visa you attached is fraudulent.

It appears that you have been targeted by a very common Russian Internet scam being used to defraud American men. After a brief correspondence, these internet scammers ask the American victim to wire them money to help pay their expenses. The perpetrators usually mislead the victim about travel expenses that do not exist and/or they inflate the cost of expenses that do exist. They lure the American in with e-mails, pictures, phone calls, fake visas, and even e-mails from fake travel agencies in an attempt to prove their good intentions. These scammers often claim that a last-minute emergency prevents them from boarding the plane. For example, they may claim that they have been asked to show a large amount of cash by the border officials. Alternatively, they may claim that they have been injured in an accident en route to the airport, and require assitance to pay their medical expenses.

Please know that we do not require applicants to show round-trip tickets, or to demonstrate that they will have sufficient money for their travels. The fee for applying for a U.S. visa is $100. If you would like to learn more about the process of applying for a visa, please visit the consular section web page on the U.S. Embassy website at www.usembassy.ru . Also, please feel free to visit our website ( http://www.usembassy.ru/consular/wwwhcads.html ) which provides detailed answers to frequently asked questions regarding internet dating scams.

We hope this information has been helpful,

Consular Fraud Prevention Unit
Moscow, Russia