Have I beed scammed by a Russian mail order bride?

Hey Krystyna,

this woman from Russia emailed me back in May and started to write letters a couple a week till around June. Then she said she want to come to me and started getting passports and visas and medical things. I told her I had been through this before and it would cost her at least 4.500 dollars and if she went through with it.

I couldn’t help her with any money so she got to Moscow and didn’t have enough money to live. The woman said she needed to have sold all her jewelry and didn’t have enough yet and needed 360 dollars to live there. I sent her 360$ and have never heard from her for a week and a half.

Now she needed 410$ more. I never had it I found her picture ibn a scam book but can’t find it now.

Her name is Anastasiya Zwereva. She lives in Saratov, Vavilov Street, building 26. The post code is 410.000. I looked it up on my google map and did not find such the street?????



Krystyna answers:



Hello Kennith,

thank you very much for your message. I am very sorry to hear that you have been scammed by a Russian woman.

All the words of the woman indicate that she is a totally scammer who has used the old ways of scamming Western men, namely: asking for money, telling various stories about not having enough money for visiting you, etc. Your biggest mistake was sending money to her although you have never met her in person and you have not known if the woman is real or not. I checked the address the woman gave to you and did not find this address on Google Maps, as well.

I have to add that Ukrainian and Russian online dating can be really dangerous. Recognizing these scams before becoming a victim is the first step in scam prevention. Ukrainian and Russian brides in need of help, from men with money, is one of the biggest scams used today and it is used on more Western men than you might imagine. The entire scam begins with a message, from a Ukrainian woman that a Western man might be interested in for marriage, arriving stating that the woman in question is in “serious” need of money for a mother (or father, brother or herself) who was in a car accident, or illness, or losing a job, so on. It typically goes on to say that the help is needed as soon as possible.

The easiest way to recognize a scam is to realize that situations that seem too good to be true, or that require money in order to continue, are usually just that…too good to be true. Never send money to someone you don’t know or that you just met online. If you can’t verify the identification of the individual on the other end of the conversation, it is highly likely that you are about to be scammed.

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The problem is that you’ve become a victim of online dating scam. The chances of recouping your losses may not be in your favor. You do not the real name of the woman and she is in Russia (or she or he can live in Nigeria or China).
You must report the crime to a number of agencies. The first stop should be to your local police department. You should report the crime as you would any other theft from your home. You should also report the incident with the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center, the local embassy of the scammer’s home country in your country, your home country’s embassy in the scammer’s home country and with the money transfer company you used for the scammer to collect the funds.

Check my video tutorial: Recognizing Ukrainian and Russian online dating scam

You can also write to the staff of the dating site you have used for the communication with this woman and show them your mails. They must remove her profile from the site immediatedly.

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1 Response

  1. Jack says:

    Krystyna! Thanks for you advice, it was wery helpful for me. I met a cool Russian girl on http://www.rbrides.com and she came to me recently. I guess, we are in love with each other, and she wasn’t scamming me 🙂

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