Another wrinkle in evaluating whether a Russian woman is real

by Christobal
(Charlottesville, VA USA)

Hello,

I have been communicating with a lady who states she is from a town in Siberia. I bought into this hook, line, and sinker, just like I did for her. A friend said, "just wait, she is going to say something happened" and all she needs is funding and "we can be together forever".

She sent supposed pictures of her parents as well as a picture of her passport. At first she asked for $800, then she said she could get it done for $650. I have on several occasions said I would fly to her, because single Russian women have a difficult time getting a US visa.

I finally woke up and smelled the coffee; no, the crap. I back traced each one of her e-mails to the originating IP address. All of the e-mails originated from 188.187.***.**, which is in Yoshkar-Ola, a separation of 1,717 miles. It is possible to spoof your IP address to make it look like it's from the same place, but I don't think they're that sophisticated, at least not yet.

I wanted to send a nasty letter to them, but instead just changed settings so e-mail rolls into spam folder. Lesson learned on my part, sadder but wiser.

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Good job
by: Bob (Site Owner)

Glad you only had to invest a little time and emotion into your education instead of money also.

And good job on counter-proposing that you visit her. They actually pretend to be from cities in especially difficult locations specifically to discourage this possibility.

You didn't mention how you met her... probably something there could have set off a little suspicion too.

And I'm a little leary now of trusting IP geo-location. Have you ever done that tracking on yourself or others whose whereabouts are certain?

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