Neither of these email discrepancies is cause for alarm; a lot of people aren't very good at spelling and grammar, and they may be writing English as a second language.But if more than one of the following email discrepancies pop up during the course of your communications, it may be an internet dating scam.(by Elena Garrett, 2009) Visa and Tickets Scammer Advanced Fee Investment Scammer Unscrupulous or Fake Marriage / Translation Agency Vacation Hunter Pro Dater Accommodation Scams Bigger Better Deal Hunter Green Card Hunter / Gold Digger Imagine this: a 20-years old rough-looking unemployed college student named Boris is typing to you "My beloved [insert your name here], I went to the travel agency and they said that I will need to buy visa and tickets to travel to you. The then attaches to the message a picture of a shy-looking pretty young lady blowing you a kiss. He is a ruthless con-man who is making money selling elaborate fantasy stories to trusting foreigners.
Warning signs: How can I check if a travel agency is real?Do Russians/Ukrainians really have to pay a certain amount of money to be able to leave the country?The scammer is usually a male, supposedly well educated and financial stable, possibly an investor or an engineer.The name often sounds Western or European (for example, David Turner).Of course, the best defense is to come already prepared for an outcome like this, and to research in advance the names and addresses of the local dating agencies who have a good chance of having an English interpreter (not to mention a catalog of ladies available for dating), as well as to buy an Russian-English portable electronic translators to assist you in a grocery store or if you are trying to catch a different taxi. This type of scammer is mainly after a possibility of immigration into your country at your expense.
Often has one or more children from previous marriage.Computer-literate crooks (college students, pimps) who hire local female students, prostitutes, drug addicts, etc to pick up money in WU office.They often work in groups and set up multiple ads / accounts on many large dating sites. The scam consists of locating lonely females living in the US and Canada, establishing romantic relationship with them, and then asking them for an emergency loan needed to complete some kind of impending business transaction, like an investment (for example, in Russian oil, minerals, or other natural resources).Accomplices: The scam is often perpetrated by Nigerian male students living and working / studying in Russia.The "advanced fee" part of the scam is lifted straight from the typical Nigerian "get rich fast" scam playbook. They impersonate the ladies rather than work for them.The scammers will request money for: Private investigator will likely confirm most of the information the girl provided you about herself (name, address, family members, etc).