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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 $700,000.

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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 $2,000.00 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. You may contact law enforcement authorities in your area. My foreign friend wants to come visit me but says that s/he must purchase insurance and have $300.00 in cash to show s/he can afford to travel. If I send the money to the Embassy, can you buy the ticket for him/her? Embassy is a diplomatic mission and not a law enforcement agency, you will need to go through the appropriate law enforcement channels, should you believe you are a victim of fraud. For more information on the visa application process and requirements, please visit our website: The individual I'm writing to says that s/he needs $1,000.00 to show for "pocket" money" or the airline won't let him/her board the plane. There are no Russian or American customs or airline regulations requiring travelers show proof of income or "pocket money" to travel to the United States. I would like to bring my foreign friend to the United States to visit and s/he says I must wire money for a ticket, but I don't want to send it directly. The Embassy cannot suggest or verify the validity of private companies or organizations within Russia, nor can the embassy purchase tickets. Can you recommend a travel agency I can send the money and have them buy the ticket? Once an applicant submits their application, they are immediately scheduled for an appointment to appear for an interview within the following 10 days (or within 21 days during peak travel seasons).

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Sometimes they are stuck at the airport and are not allowed to board until they can show they have a certain amount of dollars to cover their expenses while in the U. Some claim to have been robbed of the money that was sent or claim that they are detained at the airport. S., but to get as much money as possible from the victim. We have sent newsletters out on this subject time and time again, and hopefully our clients are not the ones that are falling for these scams.

Most of these scammers are actually men who are paying women a minimal fee to sit and pose for pictures and pick up the money at an office of a money transfer agency. I would like to know whether this person I have met is for real, but all I have is his/her name and photo. Arrest made in Russian women scam We would like to pass this along to demonstrate, yet again, why you should never send money. Please read below: Ekaterinburg, March 2nd, Interfax-Ural.

Based upon previous inquiries, the Embassy has created a list of Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) with answers. Clink on the questions below to be taken to the answer. We have posted many times and written many articles about not sending money to women. The General Investigation Department of the Main Office of Home Affairs of Sverdlovskaya Oblast has accomplished and passed on to the court the criminal case against two residents of Ekaterinburg committing fraud in the Internet.

That K1 or Russian visa is good for 3 months, and if you marry she does not have to leave at all.

The fee to do everything on your side and hers is $1,500.00 plus a few hundred in costs.