Russian Internet Dating Scams The growing popularity of Internet romance has led to the growth of fraudulent online activity directed at Americans. The International Matchmaking sector has the added dimension of distance; many of the couples will correspond without ever actually meeting. Just recently, the headlines have been ripe with information about specific scams involving so-called Russian women.
The United States Embassy in Moscow is receiving increasing numbers of complaints from American citizens who have been lured into online relationships via false internet profiles. In one case, a man was sentenced to 5 years in jail for defrauding hundreds of men for more than 0,000.
This is just another reason why you should only use legitimate, United States based, Foreign Introduction services that are well versed with Foreign dating issues. I want to lodge a complaint with the Russian government and the U. Please click here to read the transcript of an actual call Scam n. Although we are not aware of any industry that is immune to scams, some tend to have a higher occurrence of scams than others.
The only thing we would add to this is that it is not only Russian women or organizations that engage in such fraud, use caution with whomever you are dealing with when on-line, even within the United States! I have sent this individual ,000.00 and now I find out his/her visa is a fake. It may be due to the fact that in the matchmaking industry we are dealing with such intangibles as love, hopes, and dreams.
Embassy cannot verify the identity of this individual, because Russia has strict laws protecting the distribution of information about Russian citizens. If you would like to verify whether someone has received a visa, you may contact us at [email protected] I've heard there are blacklists of known Internet dating scammers. If the decision is positive, the visa is sent to the applicant within 72 hours through Pony Express. John I have a friend that lives in Mariupol we met in Ukraine last year and she would like to come to the US to visit but we aren't sure we want to do it on a fiance visa.
Can you tell me whether this visa is genuine or if this individual has applied for a visa? At the appointment at the Embassy, the applicant is interviewed by an American Consular officer and is immediately told whether he or she is eligible for the visa.
The fictitious person then seeks to create a virtual relationship through the exchange of photos and e-mails. Embassy in Moscow urges Americans to exercise caution many U. citizens have lost hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars. Scammers usually misinform the Americans about travel expenses and/or they inflate the cost of the expenses that do exist. In both cases they discuss how these women didn't even really exist, yet the men still sent thousands of dollars to them. It may be helpful to perform an Internet search for such sites. However, there are no additional fees, nor any requirements to show traveling money. Embassy does not maintain such a list, there are many Internet "blacklist" websites, where victims of scams have placed information and identities of people who have defrauded them. I have sent this individual ,000.00 and now I find out his/her visa is a fake. All visa applications are submitted to a Russian courier service Pony Express for delivery to the Embassy. The courier service charges a delivery/handling fee.The following article was taken from the web site of the United States Embassy in Moscow. Do not send ,000.00 over there, either she is getting scrammed or she is trying to scam you.It deals with Internet dating fraud and reinforces what we have been advising our clients of for years. For more information about the Russian internet scams, please view the Department of State's Public Announcement on these scams at: