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?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 0,000. 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 0.00 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?
Tickets can easily be purchased in the United States directly from the air carriers for Russian citizens.
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.
The following article was taken from the web site of the United States Embassy in Moscow. Do not send ,000.00 over there, either she is getting scrammed or she is trying to scam you.
It deals with Internet dating fraud and reinforces what we have been advising our clients of for years. For more information about the Russian internet scams, please view the Department of State's Public Announcement on these scams at:
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. Please give me any information you have that may help. A tourist visa costs about 0.00 or so and is normally good for at least 3 months if not longer.