Profiles of scammers and fakes
we haven’t got to that point yet
Did they contact you first?
yes, on a dating site, social network, or directly on my e-mail
yes, on a marriage agency with Russian brides
no, I contacted them
Did they give you their e-mail in the very first message and asked to write on their e-mail address?
Did they use words “To me of xxx years” (whatever age they are)?
Do they usually say: “I the decent girl”, or any other sentence containing “I the” instead of “I am”?
Do their full e-mail headers contain The Bat!?
not sure <= the test results may not be accurate
Does their IP address resolve to the country they claim to be from (Russia or Ukraine)?
no, it resolves to another country
Do they claim to be from the following cities: Yoshkar Ola, Kazan, Cheboksary, Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Lugansk, Donetsk or any nearby cities in these regions?
Do they send you overly sexual, explicit or even nude pictures?
yes, very explicit
Do they read your letters, or do you get responses not related to your letters?
yes, they read letters
sometimes read, sometimes don’t
don’t read at all
Do they answer all your questions?
yes, they do
answer only few, at the end of their letters
Do they claim to write to you from the Internet cafe?
yes, and have The Bat! in the e-mail headers
yes, but not sure about the e-mail headers
Do they tell you that all Russian men drink too much and treat women bad?
Did they tell you in the very first letters that they had a friend or relative who met a foreigner on the Internet and they lived happily ever after?
Do they tell you they don’t have a phone, but want to know your phone number to call you?
they don’t have a phone, but haven’t asked for mine yet
Did they ever offer to transfer money into your bank account or into your credit card?
Did they start writing to you as a girl, and after few letters turned out it was actually a marriage or translation agency?
Did you see them on a webcam?
Do their pictures look like they are taken from a modeling site?
Did they ever complain about their hard financial situation, bills being to high, sick relatives that need money for medical care, etc..?
Is their profile still up on the site you met them on?
no, it is gone!
no, I asked the girl to remove it
If you enter a sentence from their letters in Google (in quotes), does it return any matching results?
If you enter their e-mail address in Google, does it return any results associated with scams?