This scammer took his / her time. It is probably a Tom writing, rather than a Jane. The scammer claims to be in Ekaterinburg, but the originating ISP always traces to Moscow. And the letters show some typical cut and paste pattern, but also did follow a progression of chat, discussion of a possible meeting, agreement to the meeting in Moscow, discussion of when to meet - all before the pitch for money finally came. This scammer obviously follows the philosophy of 'build the relationship' rather than go for translation or travel expenses right away. When the pitch for money finally did come it was because of a crisis - the Internet Cafe is the village is about the close! This week! I need to buy a computer for us to continue to write! Please send $500 and by the way - it must go to my best friend Lyudmila in Ekaterinburg. It was only now that I get this contact information:
"Hi my love James.
Well, I of you shall tell as you can transfer funds.
You need to go in bank in which is office " Western union ". To me have told, that such offices are
available in each city, therefore for you the problem will not find it. When you will send money, you will need to specify my full name and the address. When I shall receive this money I should specify your full name and the address. Also, I should inform in bank confidential number (MTCN.) this number to you inform in bank at sending money, and you will need to inform this number to me in the messages. All moving will borrow some hours, but it will be necessary to pay for it the some people money to bank. I think James, that it is a reliable way of moving. But to receive money, it is necessary to have a local registration. I am registered in the other city at my aunt, therefore I cannot receive money in Ekaterinburg. Therefore you should send money addressed to my girlfriend.
Her full name Lyudmila Balandaeva. Her address the city of Ekaterinburg, street on March, 8, the house 24 apartment 25.We with her together shall go in Western union and we shall take off money.
I trust her. She my best girlfriend. I wait for the answer with love your Ekaterina."
The email asking for the $500:
"Hi my love James. I today was in shop of computers. I have found to myself very good computer.
But it very dearly costs. At me is little money. Also I have borrowed from my relatives and my girlfriends, but me does not suffice about 500 $. Probably, you can help to buy to me it? I would be very glad. I think, it is a unique way that our dialogue did not stop. With impatience I wait for the answer.With love your Ekaterina."Now, a typical message from the scammer - one of many such letters that we sent over the past 8 weeks:"Hi James. I am glad to receive again your message, every day we We start to learn each other better and for me it is an interesting thing, Yours e-mail. last time at me on soul is present boredom, not
Occurs any joyful things and your message now for me As a solar beam.James, thanks, that you wrote to me some answers to my questions.Yours e-mail what you the person gradually helps me to understand.James I send you other picture of. I hope, that it will be To like
you. Tell to me more in detail about the family. Whether it is a lot of at You relatives? What at you with them of the relation? As frequently you Gather? In my family very much close relations. I to you already Informed, that I live with mum and the daddy. We live in a cosy apartment, where There are three inhabited rooms, and as kitchen,a balcony and a bathroom. I have a room. I the only child at the parents. My Father 51 years old and he Works the builder. My mother 48 years old. Now she does not work some years and Is engaged in housekeeping. We like each other, sometimes We are chosen for city for an entertainment. In the summer we go on a beach and on fishing. During the winter period of time we go for a drive on skates and a ski. This good time for me! In private life I have emptiness. I have specified in a structure that I search more Advanced age because I think, that the person which has lived There is enough years, already has experience
and has learned to appreciate women and to address With them. I shall be ready to give myself all without the rest to such person and I think, that the main advantage of the woman is fidelity and skill To
make family happy, without quarrels and conflicts. On it I I finish the letter. James, write to me the ideas that I Has told to you. I wait for your messages. Yours Ekaterina."