Scammers targeting online daters are breaking hearts and draining bank accounts from bases in Russia, Eastern Europe, America, the UK and elsewhere in the world.
She was very convincing and I believed everything she said.
The slight difference in Sofiya's technique compared to other scammers was that she answers questions in detail.
She even talked about some local issues and cultural matters too.
When I asked her why such a beautiful young lady is interested in me, she said that Russian men are alcoholics and that they do not respect women. I challenged Sofiya before she asked me for any money and said that her communication style fits perfectly into the "scam pattern".
Sofiya then sent me a photo of herself with her mother, a photo of her as a little child etc to try and prove that she was genuine and she even telephoned me in the middle of the night!
I felt sorry for her and unfortunately we re-commenced our communication.On 24 April 2006 Sofiya asked me for money to purchase an air ticket, visa, passport, insurance etc with a total amount of $1,845 USD which I paid via Western Union on . Then on whilst she was supposedly in Moscow collecting her visa from the Australian Embassy, I received an urgent email request (from an internet cafe apparently) for $2,300 AUD to prove to the Embassy, her financial capacity to stay in Australia during the one month period.She even telephoned me two times and we talked on the second call and she sounded very distressed begging me to pay that amount via Western Union.I checked the immigration policy in Australia and we actually do have a requirement to pay security bond when application for visa is lodged in certain countries including Russia.I therefore totally believed her and paid $2,350 AUD through Western Union on .I have not heard from Sofiya since I sent a confirmation to her that money has been transferred on .