Although, she claimed to have never been outside of Russia and that the photo had been taken in Kirov.The last picture I received showed her sitting in front of a modern personal computer with a nice stereo and a large collection of CD's by her side.*She* found me on Friend Finder and succeeded in taking over 00 of my money before I realized that it was a scam. She very quickly proclaimed her love for me and included poetry, which she claimed to have written for me, in several of her messages (sound familiar?Here are the clues that should have raised my suspicions: 1. )I finally became quite suspicious after she insisted that she required "insurance" before she would come to America.She changed her email address after her first message from [email protected] [email protected], claiming that her old email account was working badly. Her first message contained someone else's full name (a Westerner), making it appear as though my name and a few sentences had been added to an existing message. She never gave specific details about her life, claiming that she lived with her "mum" and that her father had left her at the age of 3 (sound familiar? She consistently relied on her "mum" for advice and described very realistic conversations with her and also her grandmother (sound familiar? She was incredibly beautiful and as I later found out, had sent me a photograph from when she was much younger. She knew more about the workings of Western Union than I did. She already had a passport, which was very surprising for someone who was so poor and lived so deep in Russia (Kirov). She claimed to have an aunt who worked for an airline in Moscow and who could get tickets for her at a discount, even though I wanted to buy them myself (sound familiar? She required 0 for her visa application because she claimed to be using the services of a firm in Kirov (sound familiar? She promised that she would somehow pay it back to me after she arrived, but never explained how.
Money usually is requested via Western Union or Money Gram, first for visa, then for tickets, then for insurance. Her name is Ksenia Mihailovna Maksimova, 424007 Russia, Republic Mari-El, city Yoshkar-Ola Street Petrova, house 42, flat 81.
Most "writers" are male students of the local university, department of foreign languages.
According to our information, there are many scam groups in Yoshkar-Ola that are using photos of young women and write letters to men pretending to be "a Russian woman seeking for a husband".
That deadline seemed to "stretch" further and further out, at which point she would only reply to my messages when I indicated that I might be sending her the money (which of course, I never did).
One of her photos showed Stockholm harbor and the Swedish Royal Palace in the background.