Scam letter(s) from Irina Shelestova to Thomas (France)

Letter 1
Good afternoon Thomas It's so great to hear from you and I am just so happy to have received your reply.Hope you are also looking forward to finding my response. I apologize, my dear friend, for such a late feedback, but I'm indeed busy here.
I would like to take this moment and tell you more about my life and my habits.First introduction, mostly general. I was born in Russia, Irkutsk.
I am thirty two years old.I have lived separately to my parents for already five years.Oops, wanted to tell you to not judge a lot my mistakes in English, I hope to get better with communicating to you translate help me. Well. I was born on 11th September. I am not an extremely tall girl, just 172 cm but it is pretty enough.I have lived in Irkutsk for almost my entire life.I have gotten a degree from local University in medicine, so I can say that I have spent eighteen years at school and in university, which is a very standard situation for Russian Federation.
Here they teach us English at school and then, as a doctor, I also had to improve it. What else can I tell you, my dear friend?
Mmm, I worked as the assistant to surgeon in a small medical centre. I am truly in love with my profession as it makes people feel better.
Maybe one day I will be an inpedentent surgeon, this is my hope.I particularly like handling people with handicap, which may sound weird but you have no idea how aspiring the researches in this field are!my dear friend do you consider this a worthy dream?Because I'm a promising doctor and my English is not bad at all, I was lucky to get granted a scholarship for training in the United States of America. I'm very proud of myself. If everything is OK, I might stay in the US as an associate assistant to a local surgeon with the possibility to get a permission of stay. It'll be amazing to see US cities after Irkutsk!
What surprises me more, is that your country so easily offer this scholarships to foreigners. We do not have many chances in Russian Federation.
I think, at some point you may want to know why I spoke to you in the first place. Well,the answer is easy.
I'm about to move in the place where I have no relatives or colleagues yet,so I thought it might be a smart idea to get to know somebody and eventually meet for a coffee some day.So yes, this is all. As you can see, I love writing long letters.I wait yours e-mail.Look forward to your reply.Best Regards,Irina!
Letter 2
My Dearest Thomas!
How are things with you?
Unfortunately, Thomas, I still did not get your photographs. Is anything wrong with me asking for them? I don’t really want to insist, but it is always nicer to have an idea of a person you write to. Soooo, Thomas, can I expect to see your pictures in the next letter? ;) I don't need your money. My internship completely paid for by sponsors.
Well, I am very glad that you show interest in our dialogue and that you sustain this correspondence. First thing, and I cannot wait to share it with you – today my lab let me know that I will have to start preparing my visa documents in the nearest future. The agreement has been settled with the receiving party in the US and now it all depends on how soon I get the visa.
Isn’t it great, Thomas? I am so excited! I was thinking that my previous email was a little bit banal and that I did not tell you anything really specific. For example I did not mention my family… To make the things plain, I do not have a father, he did not live with us. My mom grew me up, and my grandma helped her. This ladies tandem made us become best friends. Unfortunately, not so long ago my mom was diagnosed for cancer. They stage was really advanced and she died not long after the diagnosis. Now it is just me and my grandma, who is very senile but fit. I slipped into a depression after my mom’s death. That was also the major factor to make me decide on medicine and surgery. We did not have much means but I am still sure that I was a happy kid, surrounded by love and care. Since my mom had had this bad experience with my biological dad, she used to repeat to me, that I will only marry a guy worthy of my trust.
Besides my grandma I have two girlfriends Lena and Sveta. They are like my siblings and they support me a lot.
By the way, how about your family? What are your relations? Do you have best friends, fellows you can rely on?
When I have spare time I read books, I have composed my own tiny library at home. In summer time I take care of flowers on my balcony. Tulips in spring, asters and mini-roses in summer. Thomas, do you have hobbies? How do people usually spend their spare time in the US?
So looking forward to knowing American attitudes and habits! Have a nice day! Irina!
Letter 3
Good day Thomas,
Thank you so much for getting back to me. It really cheers up me to get a reply from you. And I start to get addicted to your emails in a way. I hope that my last photo will dispel your doubts. I love children. children are our future. But I don't have children. Just caught myself on the idea that whenever I open my email, first thing I control is your reply. So thank you indeed. Maybe I am a little bit too fast, but I consider you as my friend. Told Lena and Sveta about you. They say it is good to have a contact in the US. The thing is that you are more my friend now then just a contact.
I think of my internship every day. America I such a huge country. But honestly I do not care if I go to a huge town like New York or a small village somewhere outside big megapolices. By the way one of the proposals of labs is located really close to where you now live. What do you think of it? I am really looking forward to meeting you personally.
Thomas, I don’t really want to push this, but I see in you an honest man. I just want to understand if it is just because of emails that you try to be polite, or because I got lucky and you really are sincere and nice. This is the reason I was thinking of getting to the laboratory next to your city.
Yesterday Lena asked me what so special about you was. In my opinion, honesty, faithfulness, kindness, sincere and understanding are very important. I also think that in every relationship trust plays the main
role. I hate people who lie for the sake of saving a relation. I think they are mean. Even if you do not want to hurt someone and lie, in the end you hurt them more. What do you think, Thomas?
Also I think that a man should be older than woman. Older men are more knowledgable, they know what they want, and they are more ready to establish a long lasting relationship. Am I right, Thomas? Thomas, please, tell me more of what you think in this regard.
What are your dreams now? Is it a nice car, a solid house? Professional development?
Thomas and feel free to ask me anything!
Sincerely yours, Irina!
Letter 4

My dear, why do not you send me your photos? I want to see as much as possible of your photos.I'll answer your questions as soon as I see your picture. Irina.
Letter 5
Hello my dearest Thomas!
My dear, thank you for your photos. I think you're a very handsome man. I like you and I want to see as much as possible of your photos.
Love love love your emails! They make me soooo happy. God, who could said that my first letter to you would turn into something similar.
Thomas!!! Your emails definitely make me feel good and they make my days. I think about you my
Thomas. Like every person you have your troubles and bad days, and just like you brighten up my sometimes gloomy moments, I hope my emails brighten up yours. Thomas, you have officially become part of my life.
And I speak from the bottom of my heart. The only thing that is separating me from seeing you is my visa, but I am working on it. I have signed all the documents and finally obtained the official bilateral agreement between Russian and American laboratories. It looks like it takes a lot of time for the documents to be sent to Russia, or maybe American laboratory had to check some things about me. I don’t know.
One other great thing about recent activities: I met with a representative of the International Medical Association. She wanted to know me personally, spoke in English to me, and asked me whether I was ready to leave my grandma and my friends in Russia and change everything. She also asked if I had American contacts in case of emergency. I said that I had to think, but I wanted to propose your contact. But I am not sure if you are fine with it. I have no one else in America.
Within the next 2 weeks I will have a partial receipt of my grant. Money should be spent on visa, booking of an appointment at the embassy and other organizational issues!
Thomas, are you happy to hear this? All is working great.
Can’t write you more in this email, as I have many thing to prepare. I'll be waiting for your letter. Have a nice day! Irina! PS My dear, I have prepared a surprise for you!
I hope you like my short video.
Letter 6
Dear Thomas!
How are you doing today? What’s new?
Wok up today with the first and only thought: How is he doing? So I was there laying in my
bed and thinking, imagining that may be one day we will wake up together, like this, with the only thought: how are we doing? Who knows, Thomas, this might work out. How would this make you feel, ***?
Regarding the stage of my preparations. I recently spoke with my supervisor here in Russia, who told me that the US counterpart allocates around $ 3000 as preliminary payment. However they pay in two ways only: direct bank transfer, which I cannot have because in Russia you are only allowed to receive money in roubles My one and only account in fact is in roubles. I use it for salary etc.
Then there is this other option that is a bit unclear to me. The US counterpart can also issue a bank check. I have never used a check. Moreover, since it will be in dollars, I won’t be able to obliterate it at my bank, because of the same problem: all transfers should be done in national currency. My supervisor says it is normal in the US, but in Russia it isn’t. Transfer of the check takes 35-40 days, which means I have to wait 40 days before applying for visa. Then this lady again asked me whether I have a contact in the US who could clear the check and make a private transfer to Russia. Like I said in my previous email, I did not give her your contact initially, I did not want to make you part of this mess. I am sorry, but this time I told her that I met a man in the United States, and that I have full confidence in him.
She said that it is up to me and that I need to trust you, as it is a lot of money. Please let me know if I can ask them to prepare the check on your name and expect you to send me the money via some transfer system. I will pay for all the commissions and we can also agree on your commission for helping me out.
I mean, I just don’t really want to wait one month to apply for visa. And I don’t want to invest my own money as I will need it to cover my initial stay in the US. And I also think this is incorrect to ask those who win scholarship to pay.
If you don’t mind please send me your information (full name, exact address where you can receive the check, and phone number).
I'll be very grateful and I am truly sorry about this mess.
Very sincerely yours, Irina! I need your help,please"
Letter 7
Hello my dear Thomas!!! How are you doing today???
My dear, I think you're quite misunderstood my letter. Now I will try once again to explain in detail to you all.
Sponsors are my internship in the United States. This large organization of your country, who sponsor the Medical Association to come to your country the best doctors from around the world. But my sponsors can write a check only. In my country it is impossible to clear the check from the US. I thought how this can be done quickly and so I decided to ask for your help as I need to act very quickly. The money from sponsors need to get as soon as possible, so that I could come to the US. So I ask you to accept a check from my sponsors and your bank to get cash, and send them to me via any fast money transfer systems. Cleaning the check in your country takes only 4-7 days. This is the fastest way.
You risk nothing, you will receive a check in your name, and put it on your bank account for cleaning. As soon as the money will be available at your bank account you send me the money!
I really need your help now. Without your help I won't be able to cope. My and your future depends on your decision. I want to be with you.
If you want that I arrived to you and were your girl, then write me your full address. Then my sponsors will send you a bank check and you need just to receive it on your name and to send me cash. Really it is so difficult? You don't need to spend anything. I think that the man and the woman always support each other.
I hope that you will make the correct decision and you will send me your address. ( FULL NAME and ADDRESS)
I wait for your answer with good news. Your bride, Irina.
Letter 8
The cheque will be issued in your name. The cheque will be approximately $2600. I'm asking you to help me. I can't do in this difficult situation. Sponsors will contact you as soon as the cheque will be issued in your name and sent to your address. Sponsors will call you and inform you about the check. You will not have any problems. Irina.
Created: 2017-12-06    Last updated: 2017-12-06    Views: 1429


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