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ASCL Advisory on Russian Wife Scams

ASCL Advisory on Russian Wife Scams

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This advisory on Russian Wife Scams is issued in the public interest by Asian School of Cyber Laws on 18 Sep 2012
This advisory on Russian Wife Scams is issued in the public interest by Asian School of Cyber Laws on 18 Sep 2012

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 ASCL Advisory on
Russian Wife Scams
Issued in the public interest by Asian School of Cyber Laws on 18 Sep 2012
 
 
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In these scams, the victims are chosen from popular social networking sites like Orkut orFacebook. The preferred targets are usually single males. The first contact is with emails, wherethe fraudster sends an email with an attractive looking photograph telling the victim that shefound his profile attractive. She usually gives some information to introduce herself and asks forsimilar information from the victim.The unsuspecting victim, now already curious to some extent, replies with information about himself. This is the beginning of a communication process which may last from 6 to 15 weeksduring which the fraudster progressively familiarizes herself and moves to a fair degree of intimacy with the victim.The communication then typically progresses to a point where the victim and the fraudsterwant to meet to take the relationship further. Usually, the fraudster becomes ready to travel towherever the victim stays. In rare cases, she may ask the victim to travel to her location, inwhich case, these scams take a more dangerous turn as the victim then is in a real danger of being kidnapped in a foreign country for ransom.In most cases, however, the fraudster showing her willingness to travel is common. She then letsthe victim know that meeting may not be possible since she does not have the requisite fundsfor travel and visa, displaying helplessness and inevitability. By this time, the victim is ready tosend her money to help her out. Once the victim sends her money, the scam is complete. On onepretext or the other, the fraudster keeps siphoning money from the victim till he realizes that heis being defrauded.Since these frauds mostly originate from Russia, the name Russian wife scams.Given below is an example of a typical Russian wife scam beginning with the first email from thefraudster accompanied with a photograph:
 
 
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Hi
This sender is DomainKeys verified "stepinlife7" <stepinlife7@yahoo.com>Add sender to Contacts "ROHAN" <rohan@yahoo.com>152337248_huge.jpg (27KB) Hello!!!I liked your profile and would liketo get to know you better. I will tell you more about myself below. Firstof all my name is Larisa I am single and have no any children.As for my work, I am a manger in the telepohne company. I am 27 years oldand my birthday is on 16, August. I live in city Novocheboksarsk, it is little cityin Russia, my city, not so big, but it is very beautiful, it is locatedon the Volga river bank... ohhh, I know you are surprised, in my profileI wrote your country, I did it because I am not sure that a lot of men inyour country make a search of women from Russia. Two my girlfriendsmarried and left Russia, now they live in Europe, so I decided to getacquainted through the Internet. I will not write a lot today and if youare still interesting I hope to hear from you soon, tell me more about yourself and send me your picture, here is a picture of me so you can see how I look like.Have a good day, byeLarisa

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