'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.
She contacted Dave (not his real name) on dating site Zoosk in November last year, telling him she was a 32-year-old Russian woman eager to pursue a serious relationship.
On Valentines Day this year, Dave was woken up just before 7am by a call from a private number.
The Aleksandra on the phone was less loving, more forthright and after wishing him "happy Valentine's Day", she quizzed him: "you are going to send the money?
Mitchell who is an Internet security and privacy attorney.
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.Hey, it doesn’t really matter, because they have no intention of ever meeting you in person anyways.It turns out that there are entire websites devoted to exposing these Russian dating scams, and Russian dating scammers, some run by sites which also offer (apparently) legitimate Russian bride agency services.Here’s how it works: a beautiful Russian woman, complete with beautiful Russian woman pictures, contacts her target through an online dating site.She starts a charming, and rapidly deepening correspondence, gets her target hooked, and then it comes: the request for money.
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It was December when the first plea for help with her travel arrangements arrived in Dave's inbox.