leezaal wrote:I started receiving emails out of the blue 2 weeks ago from a person who may or may not be a female called
Kristina oleshchk (possible freelance scammer) claims to be from tula, russia, shes 32 single & looking for mr right.
She sends me loads of photos in each email every 2 days, says she got my email from a dating website but cant remember what one (nor can i).
Hi Leezaal! Welcome.
So far you've not posted any proof that you're dealing with a scammer, but if your intuition is making you suspicious, you're probably correct to guess that 'she' is. We've seen the whole 'falling in love in 2 weeks or less, on the internet' thing blow up for most our members here.
I'm betting that you've been targeted by one guy or a gang of guys from a contact before on a dating site, or possibly you've posted your email address in an open forum before (which is why The Enchantress removed yours from here). I think what's probably happened is that in the past a scammer or a group of scammers decided to go after you but their previous 'Kristina' fake profiles got exposed here (this is what we do) and they had to reinvent a new woman to come after you. This is why they can't explain where they met you. You haven't met her.
leezaal wrote:Says she emails me from her work so no webcam to verify that she is the woman in the photos.
Has not asked for money but does seem to be getting very serious very quickly and now wants to meet after just 2 weeks! says she has time off from work to have a holiday soon and really wants us to meet up, i guess this would be one of the holiday scammers doing the rounds.
If she's a real she, she might be a pro dater. She wants you to come and spend lots of money on her. In that case she might even be married but whether she is or not, it's how she earns her living.
leezaal wrote:I feel so stupid i almost sent a birthday card out to her with my full UK address, luckily this morning i came to my senses and managed to cancel the B-day card thanks to a nice lady at moon-pig.com.
You know you shouldn't feel stupid. It's obvious you're not. It's perfectly human and normal to have hopes that what anyone tells you is the truth. And the thing about the birthday . . . I have noticed it's a common scam trick of the Russians. They always have a birthday within the first few weeks of the scam. It's to prime your gift pump and get you prepared to keep on giving.
leezaal wrote:I consider myself to be computer savy and quite frankly i feel ashamed and stupid for almost falling for this scam. I have now created a new yahoo account and re directed her emails to that to draw her away from my main aol account. so far she has technically done nothing wrong as far as the law goes except a whole bunch of lies.
Since you're computer savvy, get the IP addresses off the emails she's been sending you and do some research on them. Post them here if you'd like some help from us in digging for dirt. We're quite good detectives at that kind of stuff. Her IP is going to be the clincher here. Has it been used for scamming previously? Is it a proxy? Is it on spam lists? We understand her IP is from Romania, but it might not really be. Let's check into it more.
leezaal wrote:(not sure if i can post her pics or email here) dont want to break rules.
You could post them here, thanks for asking, but since she's not a proven scammer yet, it should go in our Pending forum where Google doesn't see what you post. Then once she's been proved, she'll be moved to White Females.
leezaal wrote:I would love to get my hands on the people that are selling all our email addresses, these scams are the worst possible kind going, they are just playing on our want of happiness, its cruel.
I guess in a day or two i will receive another photo strewn email from him/her who ever it is!!
cant believe how many of these websites i have found full of our sob stories there must be thousands of scammers out there at the moment.
We agree. Scams for money are bad enough but trashing people's hearts is despicable. Yes there are thousands of scammers out there. The Russians seem to stick with scamming men using pictures of pretty girls. Though the Africans do much like the Russians and go after men too, they are primarily focused on white, older women. The internet is full of them, hiding behind their lies and computers. Don't lose hope though. It doesn't take long to figure out who's who with a little practice. As for your babe, you should probably just be cool until you know for sure what she's up to. Once she's proved to be a scammer . . . I prefer to insult them and treat them like the trash they are, but it probably is best that you block her and not communicate with her again.