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February 3rd, 2008 at 11:22pm

Following on from yesterday’s mention of the “I live in Russia and want to meet you in Australia” spam, I have enlisted the help of my alias Ruhtra Tolemac to get to the bottom of the scam. Unlike Glenn Wheeler, the email I received was not from Mariana, but from Lbuyow, however the contents of the email were otherwise identical.

Unlike the last time I tried this, I’m using an alias so that I’ll be able to follow through with working out the scam, without divulging my personal details. Regular updates will be posted here, and Ruhtra has his very own category to keep track of the emails.

To start with, the email from Lbuyow (it almost had no line breaks…I’ve fixed up the formatting a bit to make it more readable):

Hello my new friend.
I want write to you and want to know you much more. I would like to correspond with you.

And now it is a little about me, My name is Lyubow, I live in most beautiful city in Russia – Sain-Petersburg. I think, you heard about it. If you will have opportunity arrive here do it necessary and you will see how it’s look likes. I was born 11 of December 1978 years. I have all my life before me. I of 168 sm of growth and my weight of 52 kg. I have finished school and then studied
in university. I studied history of the different countries and the English language for this reason and I can talk in English.

I work in shop on sale mobile phones. I don’t like my work, but I can’t find anything better. When I acted to study in university I thought that my future profession may be useful, but then I have understood that with my profession I can go to work only at school and I don’t want it, because on those wages that pay for teachers our government, it isn’t possible to live. Therefore I have gone to work at shop.

I want to tell about my hobbies, I very much love cinema! I think, that I can stay at a cinema all the day. I like gardening and green flowers. I prefer to listen to music on mood. I can listen in the evening to classical music and in the morning I can include radio and hop while I prepare for breakfast. I haven’t bad habits, I do not smoke and never used any narcotic substances. I can drink easy alcoholic drinks, but it happens only during holidays and in the company of my girlfriends.

I never was married and I have no children. I don’t know why, but I could not find the pleasant person for me. Much man want only sex with me. Other part can’t talk with me or can’t find a way to my soul. I want to know about your past relation. I will trip to Australia soon.

I will arrive to Perth. My girlfriend Oksana live there. She move from Russia some years ago. We communicate all time. She told me about her new family and live there. I want to live in Australia too. She help me with documents and all expenses for trip. Her husband is rich man and they don’t need anything in life. They help with money for me always. I will not ask you about money! I am not scammer. I heard much stories about it and you can trust me. If we want to meet in future, I will meet you myself, when I will be there. I want travel around Australia. I want talk with you on msn, give me you hotmail address for it. I don’t want to ask you many questions, just write me about yourself as I did. And of course feel free to ask questions! I shall wait for your letter.

You can write to me on my e-mail: shipkoluba@gmail.com<mailto:shipkoluba@gmail.com>

From past experience, it really doesn’t matter what you write in reply to these lunatics, as long as it is vaguely related to what they have written. I’m remaining on-topic for now (albeit avoiding a couple questions) and I’m painting a picture of Ruhtra as somebody who’s not very tech-savvy, and a bit gullible, the perfect target for this type of scam.

Ruhtra’s reply:

Dear Lyubow,

It is very lovely to hear from you and I think you will enjoy living in Australia. I have not been to Saint Petersburg but I have seen pictures of it on many television documentaries. You are correct, it is very lovely.

My name is Ruhtra Tolemac, I was born in the New South Wales town of Gundagai on the 19th of August 1980, I now live in Canberra which is the capital city. It has a very nice lake. I work as a baker, producing many fine breads and cakes. I am a very good cook.

I, like you, do not have any bad habits, and would like to get to know you better.

I do not have the MSN thing as I find computers to be a bit of a confusion sometimes, but I am OK with emails and I hope you receive and read this and would like to be in contact. I hope to talk to you soon.

If you have any more questions for me, I would be happy to answer them as you sound like a very lovely lady from the wonderful country of Russia.

Yours most sincerely,
Ruhtra Tolemac

The replies to this scam tend to be a bit slow, and tend to be done in bulk with the same reply going out to everyone who has replied to the initial email. For now, it’s just a matter of waiting.

Samuel

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4 Comments

  • 1. Pen 15  |  February 4th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Why didnt you just call yourself Arthur?

  • 2. Samuel  |  February 4th, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Because I want to see if the spammer can work it out like you did.

  • 3. phantomflyer  |  March 21st, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I have to laugh when reading this – I have the exact one from “Lyubow” and replied, as you did, only to get a reply from some man.

    I just got another one today with a photo of a very attractive girl, using the exact email as “Lyubow’s” It was sent to me by a “darn kyahn”:

    Hello my new friend.
    I want write to you and want to know you much more. I would like to
    correspond with you. And now it is a little about me, My name is
    Elena, I live in most beautiful city in Russia – Saint-Petersburg. I
    think, you heard about it. If you will have opportunity arrive here do
    it necessary and you will see how it’s look likes. I was born 17 of
    February 1979 years. I have all my life before me. I of 168 sm of
    growth and my weight of 52 kg. I have finished school and then studied
    in university. I studied history of the different countries and the
    English language for this reason and I can talk in English. I work in
    shop on sale mobile phones. I don’t like my work, but I can’t find
    anything better. When I acted to study in university I thought that my
    future profession may be useful, but then I have understood that with
    my profession I can go to work only at school and I don’t want it,
    because on those wages that pay for teachers our government, it isn’t
    possible to live. Therefore I have gone to work at shop. I want to
    tell about my hobbies, I very much love cinema! I think, that I can
    stay at a cinema all the day. I like gardening and green flowers. I
    prefer to listen to music on mood. I can listen in the evening to
    classical music and in the morning I can include radio and hop while I
    prepare for breakfast. I haven’t bad habits, I do not smoke and never
    used any narcotic substances. I can drink easy alcoholic drinks, but
    it happens only during holidays and in the company of my girlfriends.
    I never was married and I have no children. I don’t know why, but I
    could not find the pleasant person for me. Much man want only sex with
    me. Other part can’t talk with me or can’t find a way to my soul. I
    want to know about your past relation. I will trip to Australia soon.
    My girlfriend Tamara live there. She move from
    Russia some years ago. We communicate all time. She told me about her
    new family and live there. I want to live in United Kingdom too. She help
    me with documents and all expenses for trip. Her husband is rich man
    and they don’t need anything in life. They help with money for me
    always. I will not ask you about money! I am not scammer. I heard much
    stories about it and you can trust me. If we want to meet in future, I
    will meet you myself, when I will be there. I want talk with you on
    msn, give me you hotmail address for it. I don’t want to ask you many
    questions, just write me about yourself as I did. And of course feel
    free to ask questions! I shall wait for your letter.
    Write to me on my e-mail fetch.elena@gmail.com
    Have a nice day!

    Sincerely Elena.

    I haven’t decided whether to play this one out or not – I really don’t wish to waste my time now that I’ve seen the same thing happening everywhere. It’s a scam, but I don’t yet know what for aside from getting someone a “green card” so they can split as soon as they’re legally in Australia (or wherever else they’re trying for).

  • 4. Samuel  |  March 21st, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Sadly they stopped replying to Rhutra, however from what I can gather, this scam works by the scammer claiming that in order to pass through customs they need to have enough money on them to make it look like they can support themselves financially…and of course they need to borrow the money from you.

    There are a couple other email I would like to get Rhutra to investigate, but I haven’t had the time. I’ll see what I can do soon.


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