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Romance Scam

Are you talking to a scammer? Take our self-test

The good news is: scammers are quite predictable. They use the same behaviour patterns over and over again. While victims learn from the sites like this, scammers don't. Even if they do learn, they still cannot change their modus operandi, otherwise they will not make any money. You can answer a few easy questions and find out if you might be talking to a scammer.




    TAKE OUR SCAM TEST




    You DO NOT have to take this test if a) you never met them in person AND b) one of the following applies:

    1) they directly asked you for money, for whatever reason, including for visa and ticket to come visit you.
    2) they sent you a check or money order and asked to cash it for them.
    3) they sent you a package and asked to re-ship it for them.

    In this case, it is a SCAM, you don't even have to take the test! We recommend you stop all contacts with them, don't send money, don't cash checks and don't re-ship packages.

    Are you talking to a Russian scammer?



    Do they want to come visit you in your country?
    yes
    no
    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?
    yes
    no

    Did they use words "To me of xxx years" (whatever age they are)?
    yes
    no

    Do they usually say: "I the decent girl", or any other sentence containing "I the" instead of "I am"?
    yes
    no

    Do their full e-mail headers contain The Bat!?
    yes
    no
    not sure <= the test results may not be accurate

    Does their IP address resolve to the city they claim to be from, or nearby big city in the same area (region, republic)?
    yes
    no, to a different city in another region
    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)?
    yes
    no, it resolves to another country
    not sure <= the test results may not be accurate

    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?
    yes
    no

    Do they send you overly sexual, half-nude or even nude pictures?
    yes, half-nude and nude
    yes, very explicit
    no

    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
    never answer

    Do they claim to write to you from the Internet cafe?
    yes, and have The Bat! in the e-mail headers
    yes, not sure about the headers though
    no

    Do they tell you that all Russian men drink too much and treat women bad?
    yes
    no

    Did they tell you in the very first letters that they have a friend or relative who met a foreigner on the Internet and they lived happily ever after?
    yes
    no

    Do they tell you they don't have a phone at home, but want to know your phone number to call you?
    yes
    they don't have a phone, but haven't asked for mine yet
    no

    Did they ever offer to transfer money into your bank account or into your credit card?
    yes
    no

    Did they start writing to you as a girl, and after few letters turned out it was actually a marriage or translation agency?
    yes
    no

    Did you see them on a webcam?
    yes
    no

    Do their pictures look like they are taken from a modeling site?
    yes
    no

    Did they ever complain about their hard financial situation, bills being to high, sick relatives that need money for medical care, etc..?
    yes
    no

    Is their profile still up on the site you met them on?
    yes
    no, it is gone!
    no, I asked the girl to remove it

    If you enter their e-mail address in Google, does it return any results associated with scams?
    yes
    no


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