Hello to you Mikail!!!!! If your memory is pretty good, you may remember
me asking you about a friend that I had been writing to there in Samara
for a while.
My name is Jim . You, at the time, gave me sound advice. But us
males, alot of times, think with the little head and not the big one.
I am sure that you
know what I mean. Any way, I feel that I owe you both an appology, and
also a debt of gratitude.I even wish to beg your forgiveness for my not
you were telling me to be the truth, even though I was not prepared to
recieve it. Forgive me, Please!! I have been writing to Venera A.
for over two
years, and it looked as though I may have been in a position to bring
her here to be with me. Well, the money dried up, and I haven't heard
from her since. There
was the possibility that I could have been able to bring her here to
be with me. Afterall, we had been writing for quite some time, and I
had fallen in love with her
beauty. The Russian women just seem to have a beauty not found here in
I must be honest with you, my friend,
that my heart was crushed!!!! If, well, never mind. I was just going
to ask of you, that if
you would happen accross her path, you may mention my name to her, and
see what kind of reaction that you may get from her.I just wish that
she would write to
me. She has my e-mail addresses. But I would suspect that she does not
keep a very public profile. If I had not been so deeply infactuated with
her, I probably
would have taken your advice proptly. But I have been lonely, and grasping
onto a 'dream'.
If I would ever have the good fortune of being able to come overseas,
I certainly would love to visit the city of Samara, and to personally
meet you and your
family. It would be my pleasure!!! Keep up the good work over there,
and It would be very much a pleasure to hear from you, and to hear how
you are doing.
Thank you again, Mikhail, for your help, and your integrity!!!! Your
freind in the USA,
From: Chuck A. Subject: Problem With Girl Friend
My name is Charles A. I have been corresponding with one "Marina
Gvozdeva" for several months now. I have sent her large amounts
of money to cover the costs of delinquent rent, medical bills, an English
school , a Visa appliaction among others. She had told me that she had
made two trips to Moscow for the purpose of arranging for a Visa to come
to America to be with me. Her trips were made on the last two weekends
- April, 28 - May1 and May 5-9. I have sent her more money just this
morning to cover the expense of getting two signatures from her father
and ex-husband stating that she is debt free to them. She has stated
that these were the last two documents she would need to get the Visa
approved, and the Visa is set to be available on June 30th according
Can you advise me that this is a valid Visa application from this person,
and that everything is on the up and up? I have not heard from her since
I sent the money this morning, and I know she received my email this morning
because I had included instructions for receiving the money.
If there is no record of such a Visa application, I will want to initiate
an investigation of Interent fraud with your office and with the Russian
embassy here in Atlanta, Georgia, USA - for the purposes of prosecuting
the perpetrators of what probably has been an Interet scam in which I
have been the victim. I have sent approximately $20,000 and so naturally
I will want to try to recover all my money.
The woman involved claimed to live near Samara but all the money transfers
I sent were received in Ioshkar Ola - I have verified this with Western
Union. I know from researching the Web that this city is a hotbed for
Internet Scamming activity.
I hope this is all a mistake and her application is genuine. Perhaps the
Internet is down where she is living and that is why I haven't hear from
her. If this is the case, I will want to get her address from you and
the contact for the Ioshkar Ola police department. She may have fallen
prey to danger or even worse as she was to have gone to her father and
ex-husband with the money ($3500) I sent today to get the last necessary
remaining signatures from these two men to complete her Visa application.
She may be in severe peril and need help for her safety!
Please advise. I feel very strongly that IF this is fraud we need to begin
an immediate investigation so that I can recover my money. All of it!
All the names involved with my Western Union money transfers are as follows:
Tatyana Kazankina (friend)
Svetlana Verbenko (landlady)
Marina Gvozdeva (girlfriend)
Marina uses the email alias "marina stepina."
Svetlana is "sveta xxx"
Kind regards, Charles A. Georgia, USA
David M., USA:
had not been going to well so I had posted a Profile on one of the many
Dating site to see what was happening in the dating world. I was contacted
by a person claiming to be Sveta. After 2 emails of basic vague life
situation and philosophy discussion and some photo trading "she" started
to profess a profound sudden love for me.... About the 4th or 5th letter "she" began
to beg to come to the US to see me...She said she could not live without
me... and she asked me to help her with the airfare and wanted me to
send her $850 by Western Union and she would come to visit me and do
anything I wanted.... Well I have been around the block a few times and
if something sounds too good to be true it generally isn't. Thats when
I began to research on the net about Her city and... got in touch with
small agency in Samara run by Mikhail at http://www.stayinsamara.com/ and
hired him to check out Sveta's address and where she worked. For only
$12 he did the research and wrote back in 24 hours that I was being scammed...that
there was no "Pushkin" street in Samara and that he had a new database
of citizens of Samara and she wasn't listed. Mikhail was very helpful
and kind and even emailed me several times after that with helpful suggestions.
Scott A., USA: Jim
, Rhode Island, USA:
I hope that
any man like myself looking to find a Russian woman is lucky enough to
find Mikhail at stayInsamara[at]narod.ru. I found the site while looking
for information on Samara while I was immersed in an ongoing email "relationship"
with a Samaran woman. Or so I thought! Like many American men I had
become disinterested in the constant, unsuccessful relationships with
the many insincere and relatively self-centered American women who
professed their love, but when time went by, and commitment levels
escalated, they were suddenly disinterested in a serious long-term
relationship. So, like so many others these days I looked internationally,
and settled on Russia as my best chance for a serious, committed, long-term
relationship due to the nature of the Russian culture and their women,
and to the seemingly favorable numbers of available, attractive and
interested women of all ages. Although my communications seemed to
be going well, after all, it was only ones and zeroes, and without
actual verification of who I was communicating with, it was all potentially
unreal. That is where Mikhail's service proved invaluable! From the
first communication he was upfront, honest, never judgemental and totally
helpful. He never pushed his services on me, nor did he doubt my intentions
or try and manipulate the situation to his advantage. In fact he was
nothing but courteous, prompt, professional and sympathetic. Yet he
did so with a detached professionalism that just wanted to find the
truth, and at the same time he was personable in a non-profiteering
way. Of course my so-called lady turned out to be non-existent, and
I am forever indebted for his efforts on my behalf. He translated my
letter, and delivered it with candy and flowers. He also provided information
from his local database that gave me my first glimpse of the potential
deception. When he found she did not exist at the provided address
he befriended the occupants, found out the facts of the situation,
and even emailed me digital pictures of the exterior of the apartment.
There was then never any doubt in my mind as to the truth of the situation.
And while I may now feel embarassed, and taken by this
"person", Mikhail's prompt service, courtesy, compassion and professionalism
will keep me focused on my goal of finding a Russian lady, and with
his continued assistance I will press on with my search for a compatible
Samaran woman to hopefully share the rest of my life with. I would
rather restrict my search to this region of Russia because I know I
have Mikhail's eyes on the ground to look out for my interests, and
help with the process. Thank you Mikhail for allowing me to continue
my search with confidence, and for the knowledge that my money and
time will be spent wisely and with a significant chance of success.
I will look forward to finding my lady, coming to Samara, staying with
you and your family, and having a successful outcome to my search.
You and the services you provide to men in my situation are truly rare
in today's hectic and somewhat impersonal world. I was so lucky to
find you...Thanks again!
would first like to say that it is very difficult trying
to determine who is real and who is not on the internet.
I did not realize there were so many scammers in the
Russian lady business. I didn't even know it was a business.
I received a letter from a lady named Venera from Samara.
She was on Webdate.com. I didn't even have a picture
on my profile but she was interested anyway. When I checked
her profile she was beautiful "Russianheart". She wasn't
movie star beautiful but she was beautiful just the same.
I began writing to her and we conversed for 5 weeks.
I let her know up front that I didn't fly and I could
not have kids. That did not disuade her at all. I asked
her for her last name about 3 weeks into conversing with
her but I did not get it for another 2 weeks. I got her
address and it changed after I questioned her about it.
The Christmas/New Year holidays were approaching and
I thought it would be nice to send her something. She
said she did not want a gift from me. I wanted to send
one anyway. I happened to get lucky and find stayinsamara.com
and I began a relationship with Mikhail. I felt good
having someone that knows her city and had very reasonable
prices for his goods and services. I paid Mikhail to
investigate my girl to see if she was real. It turns
out she did not exist in Samara and her address was an
office building. When I confronted Venera about this
she became offended that I would believe someone else
and said our relationship was ruined by my lack of trust
in her. Mikhail had a feeling that she may be a scammer
early on because of her actions as I explained them to
him. He may have saved me much money and further heartache.
I will not stop seeking a relationship with a Russian
lady because of their Beauty, Intelligence and cultural
up-bringing. I will however limit my search to Samara,
Russia because I have a friend there who will look out
for me. Thank You Mikhail and I wish you and your family
well. You also should know that you have a friend in
the United States. Jim Rhode Island, USA