Romance scammer Irina Knaus

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Name:Irina Knaus
Also reported as:Anna Shabunina, Evgenia Kargaeva, Ekaterina Smirnova, Julia Nigmaeva, Alena Sokolova, Svetlana Gilazeva
Variants of name(s): Alenka, Alenush, Ali, Aliona, Ally, Alona, Alyona, Alyonchik, Alyonka, Ana, Anechka, Aneshka, Ania, Aniuta, Aniya, Anja, Anka, Ann, Annah, Annia, Annushka, Annushka, Annuta, Anny, Annya, Annyshka, Anushka, Anuta, Anutka, Anuytachka, Anya, Anyka, Anyta, Anyuta, Anyutochka, Catherine, Ecaterina, Ekatarina, Ekaterinacka, Ekaterinka, Ekaterinusha, Ekaterinusik, Ekaterinusya, Ekatrina, Eugenia, Eugenija, Eugenya, Evgeniia, Evgenija, Evgeniya, Evgenusha, Evgenya, Ewgenia, Ewgenija, Ewgeniya, Genya, Ira, Irchonka, Irchushka, Irena, Irene, Irinka, Irinuska, Irisha, Irishik, Irishka, Irka, Irocha, Irochka, Iroschka, Irushka, Irusichka, Irusik, Irusya, Irwinka, Iryna, Iryush, Iulia, Iuliia, Iuliya, Jenushka, Jenya, Jule, Julechka, Julenka, Julichka, Julie, Juliya, Julusha, Julya, Julye, Kat, Katarina, Kate, Katenka, Katerina, Kateryna, Kath, Katherin, Katherina, Kati, Katia, Katiya, Katja, Katka, Katrin, Katrina, Katty, Katuha, Katusha, Katushechka, Katushka, Katuska, Katy, Katya, Katysha, Ket, Ketrin, Lana, Nusha, Olena, Sveta, Svetik, Svetla, Svetlanka, Svetlanoka, Svetochka, Svitlana, Trishka, Ulenka, Ulia, Uliya, Yekaterina, Yevgeniya, Ylia, Yliya, Ylya, Yryna, Yula, Yulchika, Yulchona, Yulechka, Yulenka, Yulia, Yuliah, Yulichka, Yulija, Yuliy, Yuliya, Yulosha, Yulosha, Yulusha, Yuly, Yulya, Yulyasha, Zhenia, Zhenya
Approximate age: 34
Known location(s): Angarsk (Russia); Kogalym (Russia); Perm (Russia); Salavat (Russia)
Address(es): Russia, Kogalum, Lenina street 2-14
Russia, Irkutskaya region, Angarsk, Lenina Street 22-54
Russia, Bashkortostan, Salavat, Lenina street 22-54
E-mail address(es):
Found on website(s):

Added report(s)

Report N1 (added on April, 14, 2005)

She contacted me through yahoo personals, left a message that said,Hi my name is Irina I see that your still single, so am I her E mail address was at that time so i wrote to her and she sent me the same letters as the others that have reported her, she claimed to be a doctor ( a sergion ) after not to long she said that she wanted to be with me, and asked where the nearest airport to me was.. I told her , and then the next time I checked my E Mail I recieved a letter from Globe travel agency with all of basically the same info as what has already been reported by others, from the one on the website here from world travel agency, the agent on the world Travel angency and the Globe Travel agency is exactly the same Name, Andrey Kosheev.I have but deleted all of her Email Letters, but have not deleted the E mail from Globe Travel Agency.. I do have her Photo's...

Bruce (USA)

Report N2 (added on June, 8, 2005)

Contacted me through American Singles wanting to get ot know me.
She said her father passed away earlier this year and that she had no ties to her home anymore. We had a few e-mails and then we discussed her coming to visit. I found this website and found her listed on it. After that she said she had contacted a travel agency and they would send me her itinerary information and wanted me to pay for it. I sent her an e-mail stating I was on to her and haven't heard from her since. Thanks for having a site like this.

Edward (USA)

Report N3 (added on June, 25, 2005)

Dear sirs,

Here is my report on this situation regarding Irina Knaus/Yulia Nigmaeva:
Dating Scam Report

On May 21st, 2005, I received a message in My mail box at the American website. It was from Oceanlove467A. Being curious as to who this was, I opened the message and proceeded to read it. The message said that the ?woman¦ sending it was interested in meeting me. ? She gave an email address of : Being curious, I decided to respond and see what happens.

The next day, Sunday, May 22, 2005, I received a reply form the ?woman. her name was ?Yulia. she stated that she was from Russia and not from Scottown, Ohio. She said that this was her first time doing internet dating and when she was creating her profile for AS, she mistakenly typed in the wrong information. ?She proceeded to tell about herself, what she thought of the USA, and also to tell me that she put her profile on AS, because she could not find the kind of man she was looking for in Russia. After reading the email, I opened the attachments and saw a very pretty young ?woman. I was stunned by her beauty and aggressive nature. At that point, I wanted to know more about her and her profession as a doctor. I worked for a company that I had contacts in the medical profession and started to think of how I could connect her with them and bring her to the USA.

I emailed back to her and received a reply on Monday, May 25, 2005. The ?Woman was extremely happy that I had responded and she proceeds to tell me more about herself. ?She gave a description of herself, telling me her 36th birthday was coming up on June 13, 2005 and was hoping to make a dream come true for her by meeting her to celebrate. She went on to describe more about her salary ($200 USD/month). This made me want to bring her to the USA at an alarming rate. She tells about wanting to be happy and to fulfill her dreams of love, honor and gratefulness for finding her one and only love. Again she attaches more pictures to prove to me that she is legitimate.

I send a reply and on Thursday, May 26, 2005, ?She tells me how my emails Make My Day and fill her with many thoughts of love. ?She tells me how she only wants to correspond with me and will remove her profile from AS. ? She tells how lonely she is since both of her parents were deceased and she is an only child. ?She wants to hear my voice to know that I-m hers and only hers. She asked me to include my country code and area code so that she can do this. Again, she proceeds to imagine our meeting and cant wait. At the end of the email she gives and address of: Yulia Nigmaeva, Russia, Irkutskaya region, Angarsk, Lenina street 22-54. Again, she includes 2 pictures to add the realism. I then proceed to reply to her.

On Saturday, May 28, 2005, I receive a message again. This time she tells me she is dreamy and feeling romantic. She feels in her heart that I am her Mr. Right. She says that this relationship is not impossible, but complicated. She claims to not want my wallet, place of work or my residence.. She talks about real love. She describes how her parents had a connection and could tell what the other was thinking just by looking at each other. She tells how she wants that she wants to build this kind of love between us and that she would be honored to be the one for me. Again, she gives the same address as before. I reply to this email and I receive another.

On Monday, May 30, 2005, I get an email. She tells how she is so very happy to know that I would like to meet her and to make the relationship work. Also she proceeds to a travel agency to make arrangements to come to the USA. She says how happy she is- she says she is full of love, has told all of her friends about us, etc. She tells how she cant go back to the low wages she makes, etc. she says she makes only $200USD and would need help to make the ticket purchase. She wants me to hurry to make the ticket purchase since the cheap tickets will go fast. If I wait to make the purchase the prices will rise She tells how her friends don-t have the money for her to borrow, so she puts the pressure on me to make the purchase for her. She says she feels embarrassed to ask me for the money but she says she will pay me back. She puts the whole situation in my hands - to visit for a week or stay forever. Again, she attaches 3 pictures to add more legitimacy to her integrity to meet me. I receive the email and it has the Alliance Travel Agency logo and website attached to add realism. The email from Alliance Travel tells how Yulia came to them to enquire about pricing and they proceed to list the prices and how the discounts are valid for 5 days. They give a list of the charges: Visa: $125USD, Passport: $100USD and round-trip ticket: $761USDThe message tells how to wire funds via Western Union and to use the name of Dmitry Pushkarev as the director of the agency. It tells that I should give my full name and the MTCN( Money Transfer Control Number) also, I was to say that this money was for payment for invoice number 12-391-1548. Also, I could use an Austrian bank as the beneficiary: Raiffeisenbank Austria in Moscow, address: ZAO Moscow 17/1 Troitskaya, Moscow. It also gives and intermediary bank of Wachovia Bank, N.A., New York, USA. Account number 2000193460018, Swift: PNBPUS3N NYC, a beneficiary ?VALEEV and account number 20202840804000051001

Alliance Travels address of Russia, Irkutsk, Lugovaya 56

The email also gives a website:

An email address: and a phone number: +7 912-677-2504

On Wednesday, June 1st, 2005, I receive a reply from Alliance Travel saying that I would receive a 90% refund if Yulia backed out of the situation.

Also, on this day, June 1st, I receive an email fro Her again stating that she is so very happy. She thanks me for helping her so that she doesn-t want to go back to her empty apartment.. There is no one there and she is lonely, she has nothing to look forward to in Russia and that I am her savior. She says that she tried to call my phones.. Both home phone and cellular. On that night, my phones never rang. My cellular phone was turned on and no calls came. My phone has an indicator for missed calls and that did not register. Also, my home phone has caller ID and nothing showed that anyone had called. She stated that she was going to call me the next day, but cant tell me an exact time. Again, my phones were turned on in hopes of talking to ?Yulia.

On Thursday, June 2nd, we sent $986.00USd via Western Union to Alliance Travel Agency - Money control Number: 0510778847. At 4:11pm EDT From Somerset Drug company, Main Street, Somerset, Pa 15501

On Friday, June 3rd, 2005, I receive a reply from Alliance Travel stating that they received the $986 USD to purchase a ticket for ?Yulia

I reply to Alliance Travel to get a copy of Yulia-s travel itinerary- I do not receive one.

On Monday, June 6th, 2005, I receive an email from ?Yulia She is sorry for not emailing me back due to work and that she has started her vacation. She tells how she cant wait to meet me. How wonderful I am and how I have made her dreams come true- and that we will have a chance to meet and make the relationship work.. And that I would not regret what I have done for her. I reply and request a copy of her itinerary so that I can meet her at the Pittsburgh airport-. I do not receive one. I ask her to bring her parents death certificates and a copy of her diploma from the University and the documents to show that she can practice surgery- I do not receive a copy nor does she tell me she has these items.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2005, I receive another email from Yulia saying how happy she is and that she wrote a poem for me. She describes how full of love and happiness she is.

On Wednesday, June 8, 2005, Yulia emails again saying that she is flying to Moscow to interview at the US Consulate to get her visa to travel to the USA. She says she will email after the interview and that she is scared but thinks of me and things will be better.

On Thursday, June 9, 2005, Yulia emails again saying that the interview went well. She tells of the questions she is asked and of how she cant wait to get to meet me. But, she tells of a problem that is troubling her. She states that all was well until she was told she has to provide an amount of money at customs to show that she can provide for herself while traveling in the USA. She says it is $2500.00USD. She claims that the US customs will stop her and ask her to provide proof of her ability to show she can support herself while in the USA. She feels it is a good rule for the USA, because of all the terrorism and people who have gone before her and committed crimes in the USA while on tourist visa, including prostitution. She asks for me to email her immediately so that we can decide how to get Yulia the money.

At this point I contact my family and we decide to get the money to get Yulia out of Russia. However, when my parents went to wire the money at Western Union and Somerset Drug company in Somerset, PA. The operator refused to send the money.. I call her and talk to her. She says that this sounds like a scam and that she has seen letters like this before. She provides me the Western Union Operator number 310 and asked me to call him to question him regarding the situation. I call Western Union and talk to an operator. She convinces me not to send the money and tells me to check a website called and also to do a web search of Russian bridal scams. At this point we do not send the money preferring to wait for a response form Yulia to explain more what was going on.

On Friday, June 10, 2005, Yulia emails to explain that she is very upset that she cannot raise $2500 USD . She says she cannot ask friends because they will not collect that kind of money and that I am her only hope. She then decided to go to the internet cafE and reads an email from me that says I am going to help her. She then becomes instantly elated that now am really her Man and that her prayers were answered. She then proceeds to tell me that yes, I can send the money via Western Union and that she needs my full name and the Money Control Number so that she can collect the money. She says that she will use her passport to provide identification to get the money. At this point, no money was sent based on Western Unions decision to refuse to let the transaction occur.

My family and I wait for Yulia to reply.

On Saturday, June 11th, 2005, Yulia responds and cannot understand what happened. She says she will stop back later to see if I have emailed her the money. At 10:27am on June 11th, 2005, my cellular phone rang, but no one left a voice mail.

However I did get the number to appear and this is the number: 416-642-3115. Also, approximately the same time, my home phone rang, but no one left a voice mail there either. Later in the afternoonmy home phione rang again.. but no voice mail.

At approximately 1:30pm, my home phone rang again,. But no one left a message. Later in the evening, I looked up the area code and it is from Toronto Canada. I do not know anyone in Toronto.

At this point my family and I do a search for the US Embassy in Moscow. I find the website and proceed to look for information on Miss Yulia Nigmaeva. I send an email asking if they had interview her on June 8, 2005. I also sent an email to American Singles informing them of a breach in their software that allows people to run this type of scam.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2005, I did a web search on Russian bridal scams. I found the website: On that website, they have a blacklist of known scammers. I browsed the site and started to look through the blacklist on page 33 of the list I found the photo of ?Yulia Nigmaeva. The persons name is Irina Knaus. She works the Angarsk, Russia area. She is 31 years old. I recognized her because the picture on the website is the same as one that I had received of she and a friend and a cat in the foreground. I then created a report control number: RS-03845. I will be sending this information to along with the FBI.I will include the same picture she sent to me that was used as her mug shot for

Also, On June 14, 2005, the US Embassy in Moscow emails me to inform me that they have not interviewed anyone by the name of Yulia Nigmaeva. They also proceed to tell me that by the description of my situation that I have been scammed. They suggest that I look at the FBI website for white collar Crime and file a report with them.

Lynn (USA)

Report N4 (added on September, 13, 2005)

Receivng letters. Money letter should be next.

Dannie (USA)

Report N5 (added on September, 28, 2005)

First time around was contacted by Larisa Popova. Now Svetlana Gilazeva is sending almost identical e-mail's as Larisa Popova. Ends up asking to send $986 USD for them to come celebrate her birthday with you.

Ross (USA)