And then vanished. What was it? Scammers often steal photos online. Scammers simply use the lure of Russian women as bait to empty the pockets of gullible foreign men. The figures speak for themselves. She said that she wants to deposit money in it.
When she does, she wants me to withdraw the money and send it to her. Is it a scam? You bet. How many times have you asked a complete stranger from another country to open a bank account for you? Even amateurish scammers can still be persuasive. Whenever I respond. Translate or write messages, go on dates. She explains that girl scammers get a slice of the profits.
Marriage agencies are another common scheme. It was a 2-room apartment in a high-rise building in Cheryomushki [a district of Moscow]. After switching to voice, more money is asked for. There are also international dating sites, and the number of scammers feeding off them has to be seen to be believed one guy conducted an experiment: in just four hours on the site, he was approached by no fewer than five scammers.
Ugly Old man? A quick check of forums with Russian women looking for a foreign man suggests that the answer is no. That said, few of them seem willing to travel anywhere at their own expense. Many do indeed have no money for a visa for women from provincial towns and cities, it can cost a third of their monthly salary. Seriously again , no one chats by email these days.
Only scammers. Scammers use money transfer systems like Western Union, because the recipient cannot be traced. And always your money is the solution. If using any of Russia Beyond's content, partly or in full, always provide an active hyperlink to the original material.
They spoke on the phone and discussed the possibility of her coming to the UK, but she needed the money to cover it. He was reluctant to pay for it quickly, and asked her to send him a scan of her passport. After he checked it, the signs showed it was fake.
I wonder how long she will remain interested? A team of con artists could comfortably keep conversations going with lots and lots of men. Only a few would need to come through with travel money to make the effort worthwhile. Simkomat sent us a couple reports from past scans to show the kinds of things they search for. Some aspects are pretty obvious: both eyes have to be clearly open and the mouth needs to be closed. The photo has to be straight on with the head straight up and down.
Other signs are more subtle, such as codes on the document that need to square with other codes. Finally, Simkomat can detect evidence of digital manipulation of the file. The service is free. Their main business is a SIM card vending machine that can verify customer identities using facial scans. Facial recognition is a hot topic in Russia. Men interested in pursuing relationships with women abroad swap tips on sites like Russian Women Discussion.
A major topic on the forum concerns detecting catfishing. The site has 10 commandments for traveling abroad for love. We get it: you like to have control of your own internet experience.
We would say it is a usual scam indication. But if the letters are very personal and have all your questions answered in detail and do not have any other scam-symptoms, then it might just be that person's manner of speaking. If there ARE other scam-symptoms in the letters, then you may wish to be careful with that person.
She says she is madly in love with you just after a few letters. Unless you recently won Mr. Universe contest and already have dozens of admirers chasing you - it IS probably a scam. Check all black lists widely available on the Internet. She claims her feelings for you are very strong. You are much older than her and so far have not been popular with the women of her age? Many girls in Russia do prefer dating older men, and years difference is very common.
But be aware that many scammers commonly prey on older western men, since they are considered to be a pretty easy target. You can check whether you are dealing with a scammer by doing the following: 1 Check all black lists to see if the girl's pictures are already there.
See what she will do. She has not asked for any money but she is telling you about her poor financial situation in every letter. She may be a scammer or may be a girl in a very poor financial situation, who desperately tries to get your help. To see what kind of person you are dealing with, you may just mention that you are in a bad financial situation yourself and would love to help her with money but cannot do that at the moment.
If she is genuinely attracted to you, as she says, then she will understand. If she is there just for the money, her letters will become less loving and less frequent, or she will even stop writing to you completely. In many of her letters she tells you the same things over and over again, in exactly the same words.
Yes, this looks like a typical "copy and paste" scammer. They use pre-written letters and use parts of them as they need. Check all black lists very carefully, and consider writing the girl using a different name. See if the content of her letters change. She says she doesn't have a phone and you cannot call her. Maybe a complete truth.
There are still areas in Russia where it is quite common not to have a phone in the house. Entrust Located in Moscow and in business for many years, the agency adheres to a strict selection policy and requires personal interviews with all clients to eliminate chances of scams. Call the agency directly and ask what safeguards, if any, they have in place to assure that all correspondence you get is legitimate. You should also get a woman's personal contact information, i.
Beware of any unsolicited e-mails you receive, even if you have posted your profile information on-line with one or more of the dating sites. Keep in mind that the vast majority of foreign women in Russia and other countries of former Soviet Union don't have means to surf the Internet with a laptop and a DSL connection in their home! In fact, most women do not have any access or have very limited access to the Internet.
Beware of women who will not disclose their personal information to you, i. Beware of women who declare their love for you after just a few letters and generally come off as very strong in displaying their feelings, insisting on visiting you on your expense , etc.
Although international dating tends to progress faster than domestic dating, an "I Love You" within the first letter or two may spell trouble. Beware of women who ask for money for any reason whatsoever. You should immediately report these women to the agency. The amount may seem very small, however, she may be requesting that same amount from 20 to people. Beware of women who want you to travel, and pay for them to travel, to a neutral place right away to meet them.
Beware of women who tell you that they can obtain a tourist visa. They may say they can obtain the visa for a certain amount of money and ask you to send the money. Beware of women to whom you are writing that seem unavailable to meet you face to face when you are ready to travel.
The excuse given might be something to do with some personal matter, a sudden illness of a family member, or numerous emergency scenarios. When dealing with agencies, check their BBB report, ask for references, and ask how much media attention the company has had. These are all good ways to determine if the agency is legitimate. Skype: gtrtravel. Travel for Marriage And Tips On Avoiding Scams Finding your true love online is becoming more and more popular in our busy modern world, where people have no time for old-fashioned courtship.
Signs that you might be scammed: From our experience we should warn you that anyone can become a victim of a scam. No one cares to know. People are so absorbed in their smartphone that they will walk into parked vehicles and drive off cliffs to their own deaths. Ya know, for the longest time, people worried about computer viruses from porn sites without ever understand that the porn is only the lure used to bring users to the site….. But, no one even cares about any of that any more.
This article refers to men, but I work at a FI and I can tell you I see more women falling for these types of scams then men. They like to text back and forth, wire out money, etc. Last Fall, I assisted a female friend in navigating the sketchy online dating waters and was shocked to see some of the more reputable dating sites to be littered with scammers of all flavors.
Unknowing military members that honorably serve were being hijacked from their social media outlets—primarily Facebook. Open or Public Facebook profiles and photos are serving as excellent resources for scammers to harvest a bounty of useful information.
Photos with their military uniforms and nametags and family pictures are stolen and dating accounts created that left no reason for anyone to believe that these guys and gals were not legit. Even the casual correspondence and messaging taking place was grammatically correct with little error, which would normally garner some suspicion of a scam and set the red flag warning.
Personal photos stolen from social media continue to be exchanged between the target and scammer, creating the trust and bond between the two and tugging at whatever vulnerable heart strings they could. In some cases, the scammers are even setting up bogus Facebook accounts with pictures in order to legitimize their existence and place the target at ease. In some cases, the scammer was even willing to send a photo of themselves holding a sign displaying anything that the target wanted—and as you mentioned in your article the wonders of Photoshop kick into gear and provides more non-repudiation to the target.
And now you know what comes next…the final stage. The criminal call center initiates the long-awaited phone correspondence in perfect English from a caller ID block to the target in order to solidify the hopeful relationship and eventual meeting place. However, there is a catch. The scammer conveniently has all the wire transfer information handy for the target and says they are standing by to verify the transfer and, of course, never to be heard from again.
This type of scam has yielded great successes because there are numerous dating sites that cater specifically to members of the military. While validating them, I saw nothing that stopped anyone from registering an account or verified that one was serving in the armed forces. I registered an account for myself to take a test drive, and I immediately received two winks and chat requests by a female Army Colonel who claimed to be a Pediatrician in Afghanistan and another from a beautiful Army Staff Sargent in Germany—both divorced with an 11 year old son.
Wow, what are the chances of that happening within an hour of registering!!?? Bottom line is that the bad guys are stepping up their game, and the ease of masquerading an identity from a social media outlet has proven to be financially lucrative for the underground. Thank you for posting this here.
I have been digging in to the online dating scams for several months now. I think an infosec blog is a perfectly appropriate place for the topic. For those with a strong focus on online security, it is second nature. The desire to be with someone is strong. All the big headline takes are someone lonely, and the scammer takes advantage of that vulnerability.
Every dating site has this going on, both male and female targets. Bringing the whole discussion back to the topic of security: Websites have some anti-automation in place to prevent scammers scripting account actions, but when those sites also create a mobile app, there is an entirely new attack surface for doing this sort of thing.
We all know that most mobile applications especially true for mobile apps that mirror website functionality are essentially just a browser wrapped in a native app using common http and network traffic to talk to the same web servers as the full website. Those apps almost never have anywhere near the same kine of anti-automation protections that websites have. There should be a fire alarm siren that goes off at decibels in peoples heads whenever money of any amount, for whatever reason, is requested from an absolute stranger on the internet.
The only thing worse than to be lonely and looking for love is to be lonely, looking for love and and out thousands on some scam. By the time the scammers are ready to risk money on using the call center, they know they have set the hook and are ready to reel them in. The target of the scam may already be putting down deposits on a reception hall and caterer for the wedding by this time. There have been numerous studies of how con artists work and how their victims react.
When you delve into legitimate social engineering, you often find that those who proclaim that they would detect such a scam the loudest are frequently the ones who fall for them the hardest. Do the package providers back up their effectiveness claims with money back guarantees?
We can only hope that at least some of these players get played. There seems to be a weird suspension of logic with certain people once they log on to those sites. Good example is Craigslist w4m is only robots bots , Russian Ukraine economic should be good if we see how much money been wired to there lol. There were dating bots with similar strategies that were used since the IRC era.
Nowadays, i get a lot of such bots on Skype and even Telegram. The solution in this case is to inform the general public, as it seems they are still dreaming of Russian mail-ordered brides. Rather the opposite. And most hbtq ppl in less hbtq-phobic places know this and can to some degree relate , especially if they are, say, above 40 yo and thus have their own personal experiences of a less acceping climate. And sadly enough also making it harder for those who genuinly need help to flee.
The programs I have seen have been about older women being scammed, sometimes out of millions of dollars. Both men were shocked that their photos were being used in a scam. The scams I saw were out of Nigeria. I nice your profile very much. If you lovely my photo, I wait for your answer. I think you know its country of long winter-tide and snow but our country is also famous for welcome. Please talk me about yourself: what do you please most of all and what are your intent and ambitions?
What kind of bi-monthly, canto do you like? I waiting for your rejoin so much. It will be interesting to see how these scam packages evolve as AI becomes more available and open source.
Click here to read more about me So please put all the facts together, clear and straight to the point - so anyone of any intellectual level would understand what happened. Emotions are fine but do not let them overwhelm the facts. Send your story to you need to re-type the email address. Send your report as an email message to the address above. Attach most clear photos of the alleged scammer.
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Page Updates 19 March Yuliya Alkhimova. Page Updates 12 March Page Updates 05 March Page Updates 26 February Elena Smirnova Nikolaevna Olga Matvienko. How to detect Russian scam. In most cases you can tell that the girl is a scammer just by looking at her profile. Tip 1. Most scammy profiles start with words "I the sociable girl" , "I the cheerful girl" , or whatever, with "am" omitted.
Or, if it says "To me of 25 years" , or whatever age, but that weird phrase "to me of xx years" or "me of xx years". Yes, it is a scam!!! Believe my experience, each and every profile that started with this particular cliche and had this grammar mistake, later turned out to be a scam. Don't ask me why they are putting this in their profiles!!! Stupid, perhaps?? Or maybe they use some absolutely weird translator that translates the phrase like that? Or maybe they have some "profile writer" in their "staff" who writes it?
I have no idea! There is nothing wrong with making mistakes when it is not your native language. After all, English is not my native language too, and as you see I make mistakes too. But to start each and every profile with the same cliche, and with the same grammar mistake is really dumb!
It's like putting a signature "I am a scammer". But overall, while dealing with Russian scam, I come to the conclusion that scammers are not very smart people. That's why probably they cannot make it out of poverty in their own country, and stick to scams: the only thing they are good at. Anyway, whenever you see that, it's a scam. You don't even have to check IPs, emails and photos, really! Just run away from it! BTW, do you want a database with photos?
Just enter in quotes: "I the sociable girl", or "I the cheerful girl", or "I the nice girl", or any combination of those and here you go. Everything returned is a prefect scam database. I bet most of it will be either from Kazan, or Cheboksary, or Yoshkar-Ola, or But sometimes they are not so stupid, and copy the profile descriptions from somebody else's profile, written in a good English. If that happens, half of Mari El starts using and re-using it, like this one for example: "The main thing about me is probably that I am a purposeful person and always reach my goal and that I am always ready top work hard for it.
At the same time I am a very soft person and dreamy I like to surround myself with beautiful things, to make coziness always bringing smith special in the atmosphere and in all I do. I always have many friends in my house as I am able to listen to a person and to support him both in his hard times and the happiest moments. I dislike dull and monotonous life and want my life to be exciting and to have great moments of joy.
I am fond of surprises and can be a spontaneous person myself though I am never irresponsible. I truly believe in love and want to raise my children in the atmosphere of love and respect on the patterns of their parents. Or maybe they run an English text through their broken translator?? At the same time I - very much the gentle person and pensive I like to surround me with beautiful things to make a cosiness, always bringing to the smith special in an atmosphere and everything, I make.
I always have many friends in my house as I am capable to listen to the person and to support him and in his hard times and the happiest moments. I do not love a sad and monotonous life and I want, that my life was fascinating and had the big moments of pleasure. I like surprise and I can be independent the direct person though I am never irresponsible.
I really believe in love and I want to lift my children in an atmosphere of love and respect attitudes on samples of attitudes of their parents. I am very romantic, kind, calm, devoted woman, who does like home coziness. I enjoy good company, music. I adore literature, ballet, like to dance, to go to the theater and cinema. Like any woman I am fond of talking but at the same time I am a good listener. Marriage for me is a mutual work of two people. I suppose the man should be the head of the family.
And the woman duty is to respect his opinion even if it differs. It would be a boring world if we all had the same ideas! I like a smart, honest man, who has a good sense of humor. I would like to meet a man who likes this life, enjoys it, who loves children and does want to have friendly family. Tip 2. Enter the sentence from her profile description in quotes in Google.
If it returns many results with different names, locations, or even photos, it is obviously a scam. Tip 3. Another indication of scam: when the girl says in her profile or in the first letter to you that all Russian men drink too much. Like this typical scammy profile description: "I have very bad marriage experience. My husband drinked too much. We divorce. Now i want to find partner not from Russia, because i dont like russia mens of they most drinking ability. First of all, even if everybody around her was indeed a drunkard, why the hell she would put that in her profile?!
Besides, not all Russian men are drunkard, but probably those from her own social circle. I am originally from Kiev, Ukraine, and none of my family or friends "drink too much". Now, if I was raised in the US in the trailer park with a drive-by-shooting, yeah, probably all men around me would be the drug addicts. That doesn't speak bad of men in general, but of the girl herself! If this is the kind of friends she has, it's her own problem.
If any American girl put in her profile that "she searches for love online because everybody around her is a drug addict" what would you think about such girl?! Another proof that scammers are not smart people. I never saw any normal Russian girl putting something like that in her profile. Anyway, when you see that about Russian men, it is an indication of scam. Tip 4. From profile description to location.
Most of the scam originates from Mari El the capital city is Yoshkar Ola, or Yoshka , but they very rarely put in their profiles that they are really from Mari El or Yoshkar Ola. In most cases they list other cities. Their favorite 3 are Kazan, Kirov and Cheboksary. Those are small poor cities, located not even in the European part of Russia.