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My Russian mail-order bride

This morning I received an email in really broken English from someone claiming to be a 27 year old Russian girl looking to meet an American man. I'm not sure how she would have gotten my email address because I don't remember signing up for any mail-order bride service or anything. It didn't have blatent misspelling, images, ads, offers, or any other tell-tale signs of spam. If it is spam it is the most well-crafted spam I've ever received.
Hello! My name is Yekaterina, I would like to get acquainted with you. I have decided to try to find my happiness and my only man through the Internet, because here in Russia I could not find the man with which I could create the family. The acquaintance through the Internet is for the first time for me. I have addressed in agency of the international acquaintances at us in city. Me have asked to fill there in the questionnaire. And after a while to me gave your e-mail address. And I write you my first letter. I hope, that to me have given your correct e-mail. The Internet is very badly familiar for me and I hope, that I was not mistaken. But if it is any silly mistake please forgive me. I hope you do not think of me poorly because I'm as a girl the first write to you to unfamiliar man and want will get acquainted with you. I tell you some words about me. I'm 27 years old. I live in Stavropol city, in the south of Russia. I have a higher education, I have finished the Stavropol State university, Economic faculty, the speciality: "Management of the organization". Now I work at the transport-building company by manager. I have never been married and I do not have any children. I want to have the family and children. The love, kindness, honesty and respect in relations with my man are on the first place for me, I appreciate a decency, a honesty, a kindness, a sincerity in people. To find the happiness I am ready to leave Russia and to move to live in other country. If you are interested in correspondence with me, please write to me on this e-mail: removed

Yekaterina, Katie for short :)
I replied asking if this was for real or some kind of scam and asking how she got my email address and what I got back was this:
Hi, I am grateful to you, that you answered me my announcement. I did not know your E-mile address earlier. The matter is that I have addressed in service of acquaintances.
As they have achieved that the letter has come to you I I do not know. But I am glad to this. I did not know you will answer me whether or not my announcement. But I the truth am very glad, that you wrote to me also I now I write you the letter. I do not know, that speak or write in letters at the first acquaintance, but I shall try to tell about myself and I shall put the letter the photo. I hope, that my photos like you. I shall begin the letter of that I was born in the city of Stavropol city. This city is in the Russian Federation. It is very beautiful city, I was born and grew in him. I live in it now. I do not know you heard about this city whether or not, but you can look at him on the Internet. My full name YEKATERINA AKIMOVA. Everyone call me simply Katie. My growth makes about 170 see. My weight of 56 kg I was born on April, 16, 1979. I the third child in family. I have two more sisters. My mum and the daddy both worked at a factory and were good experts of the affair. Now they are not present, but I frequently recollect about them. From the childhood as well as all children I went to a kindergarten is probably the happiest time, when there is no any cares and parents love you and give you caress and care. I was the disobedient child - so mum spoke me, I at all do not remember it, but it was pleasant for me to listen to stories of my mum. After a kindergarten in 1986 I went to school, in the first class. It is the most remembered the moment at each first-grader. The first bell rings and everyone start to study. I studied 10 years at school. After school I acted in institute on a speciality management of the state organizations as appeared then this speciality now to nobody is necessary. After the termination of institute I went to work in the building organization by the manager. To me carried with work and I now work. I have two senior sisters, both of them married, they are more senior than me. One my sister call Maria, I another Anna. They have children, they are my nephews. I love the nephews and I dream sometime to have same children as they. Now I live one in the one-room apartment. Sometimes it happens me sadly, but I try to be engaged in the hobbies. I very much like to borrow with sports, we sometimes with girlfriends go to sports a hall to be engaged in aerobics, but on it not always there is time. It is a lot of time now, but it probably work borrows from each person so. I very much like to look cinema, especially to look him at a cinema. I sometimes go to a cinema to look interesting film. Tell, something about itself. Tell about your city, about your work, about your life and do not hesitate to ask me, in fact the more we learn about the friend the friend, the we can better get acquainted with you. Write to me please.

Along with this picture:

What do people think? Is this for real?


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It's a scam, but you should marry her anyway.

I'm no expert, but I have watched a lot of Law & Order. You will probably end up killing her.

[info]adereth — 4/06/2006 07:05 pm

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The picture guarantees that it's a scam. That's clearly not a Russian factory manager.

[info]matthewljacobs — 4/06/2006 09:28 pm

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Of course it's a scam. The end result of the whole scam is that you get convinced to fly to wherever the girl is supposed to be and when you go to "meet" her, a bunch of dudes kidnap you and basically demand your bank account info/money/etc. and hold you hostage until you give it up. Or you get convinced to send money to the female to buy her a plane ticket to come visit you.

But you should ask for more pictures anyway and post them here.

[info]seke — 4/07/2006 08:36 am

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Ok, I wrote back and got this:

Hi, It is pleasant for me, that you answered my letter. I understand, that my English language wishes to be better, I shall try to be corrected. I ask an apology for my English language. I think, that your letters help me to correct the mistakes of the English language. I am still poorly familiar with work on the Internet, but this invention of the person starts to like me. I understand, probably the Internet at you for a long time and you does not surprise it, and at us it while a new thing. It is pleasant to me, that we with you can write letters each other and they come so quickly, allowing us to write. I now cannot present myself as earlier people used simple mail and wrote letters each other. It borrowed a lot of time and forces. You know I for a long time with anybody did not talk on souls and I now would like to talk to you. You know, to me so bothered to be closed in the small world. In my life occurs nothing. All is monotonous. Work the house, the house work. It would be desirable any changes and therefore I dared to write on a site of acquaintances and to get acquainted with you. It is interesting to me to learn as people live in other country that do , than live. I do not want to tell, that at me all is bad. At me good girlfriends, good work, beautiful city in which I live, but all this starts to bother me. I start to understand and look at the world in the course of time on another. I start to understand, that it is not necessary in empty to spend time, the life. I start to understand, that it is necessary to build the small world, the family. It seems to me, that it comes in the course of time. There comes at everyone such stage in life to make the own world. Tell to me please about the ideas in this occasion? I shall tell to you about myself and about the life. I wrote to you, that I live one in the apartment. My senior sisters already married and live the life. I lived with mum, but now was not present my mum also I live one. At me my cat lives with me. I very much love him. I come from work, and he meets me and starts to caress and be rubed about me, wants that I stroked him, know as warmly to sleep with him. I lie down to sleep, and he gets to me into legs , to lie down and purrs. This fluffy sphere of me understands and likes. I shall send you a photo of it. In my life it turned out so, that I one, at me was not present my second half. I gave a lot of time to study and work and not enough time gave private life. At me simply did not remain to time for private life. Is not present certainly, I walked with girlfriends, went on discos, and I had admirers, but it is all was not serious. I not had men on which I could rely and make the family. I understand, that it can seem to you strange, that such beautiful girl and one. You simply do not know men at us, one is necessary to them only - sex. Love for one night - that is necessary for them. There is no I not against sex, I only for. Simply I do not present sex without love. They I do not think of feelings and the present love, they do not think of the future. I want, that in my life there was a present love, now the present love is shown frequently at cinema. But I the romantic person also believe in the present love and I sometimes would like, that at me all was beautiful as at cinema. I think, that you too sometimes have such ideas. Write to me about the love about the desires, I want to learn you better. Now I have not enough time to continue to write to you, but I shall wait for your letter to answer you. I liked your letter, thank you. You asked me, what I want? I wrote, that I want to find the friend and more.

and this picture:

[info]sparkyb — 4/07/2006 05:11 pm

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I would bet that this is all real--this is a bit too much effort to go through for a scam. She may be lying about her occupation, but it's hard to say.

[info]glex50 — 4/08/2006 10:12 am

She's scamming a few of us at the same time....
Check this out, and save yourself time and effort...

Jonny — 5/02/2006 06:07 am
It is a scam for sure

This person is writing so many people now. I replied her (maybe his?) letter and I got back five letters.
Here is the latest.
I all the day long thought of you. I with such admiration came nearer
to the half-scientist a computer, to your letter. With each your
letter my heart is filled with love to you.
I want to arrive to you how you look at it? You can help me with money
as my money resources do not suffice for such travel.

I am grateful to destiny that we at last have met. To me it is very
strongly insulting, that between us such distance. Why the god has not
given us wings. About love it - is a lot of from verses, films. Poets
constantly try to describe these feelings, directors constantly try to
remove good films about love. You have helped me to understand that
means for similar and to be we like. I want to tell to you a
compliment, you the good person. I have made do not meet the person,
and I know, that such men are not present at Russia, similar to you.
You sensitive, kind and sharp. YOU can find necessary words to help
the lonely girl and to warm her soul and to the help, to trust her in
you directly. I want, which you when you will read this letter most of
all was happy the person on light.
Yours Yekaterina

Gustavo — 5/07/2006 09:35 am
It's a scam for sure

I just been receiving mails from this person myself, and I live in Antwerp - Belgium.
The story is the same, the letters are quite the same, just some minor details have been added or changed. Trust me, she will ask you for money, 400 to be exact and she will explain to you that she will need it for her visa and travel pass and other expenses she might have. If u like, I can forward the mails to you where she's asking money.

Carl — 5/13/2006 04:18 pm

read here!!

yuri — 6/15/2006 04:55 pm