Posted March 02, 2017 16:50:47.
As a warning to the others, a Mount Gambier man is sharing the specifics of his three-month dialogue with natives who assumed the alias of a Russian girl on a popular Australian dating site.
She contacted Dave (not his real name) on dating website Zoosk in November this past year, telling him she had been a 32-year-old Russian girl eager to pursue a relationship.
"And every day my feelings for you become more powerful and I feel that we’ve got a relationship! And now we fulfill each other. "
Her mails out of a Gmail account arrived every 2 times and at first were full of the small details of her life, such as walking in the park with her friends and hanging out for pizza.
It was a mere two weeks prior to Aleksandra’s emails swung in a more intimate way, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.
A smitten Dave started to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see — but he had his doubts.
Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. In fact, there were not any online traces of her at all.
She had emailed her phone number but told Dave he couldn’t call her, stating "my phone doesn’t accept international calls".
Although she said she was 32 years old, the images she sent appeared to be of a much younger girl.
It was December when the initial request assistance with her travel arrangements arrived in Dave’s inbox.
"My beloved, you have 310 dollars now? Help me. Let’s take action and meet me! I love you. I am able to ‘t live without you. "
However, Aleksandra advised him she had no bank accounts money has to be sent via transfers through Moneygram or Western Union.
I’m honest with you. My goals are serious. I have to get you a huge and sincere feelings. I’m the one from the photographs. I’m a real. I love you! "
She sent him passport images, told him she’d talked about their potential for her loved ones and even begun to call him "husband".
However, Aleksandra repeated her requests that Dave transfer cash to pay for her visa and half her airfare so she could travel to Australia and arrive at "the day when our dreams and desires become real".
On Valentines Day this year, Dave was awakened just before 7am with a call from a private number.
The Aleksandra on the phone was less loving, more forthright and later wishing him "joyful Valentine’s Day", she quizzed him"you are going to send the money? "
When he tried to phone back, using the amount she’d emailed him, it had been disconnected.
Dave emailed her to say he was starting to doubt her story, which triggered a long and impassioned response.
Included with all the email was a copy of her passport, revealing her title, address and picture.
Despite his worries, in February Dave went into his Mount Gambier bank division to make a transfer of $400 into Aleksandra however he had been halted by a bank worker who told him bluntly she dating russian girl thought he was being scammed.
When Dave’s friends suggested ‘Aleksandra’ may likewise be a man, his mood changed suddenly.
He composed Aleksandra a final email.
If you are seriously interested in loving me and coming , you’ll have to pay for it on your own. Goodbye Aleksandra. "
A week went by and there wasn’t any reply from the girl who had advised Dave multiple occasions she had been going to marry him.
Aleksandra had moved onto victims.
The Mount Gambier man shared the contents of the roughly 50 mails he obtained over three months conversing with ‘Aleksandra’ with ABC Local Radio, wanting to help prevent further victims.
The situation is a textbook example of a classic dating swindle, stated Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) deputy seat Delia Rickard.
Just in the month of January, Scamwatch data revealed Australians lost an astounding $1.8 million into dating and love scams.
Ms Rickard said it was important for people who had been duped by such a scam to both report it and tell their story.
"We all know that when other victims hear victims telling their tales, that is as soon as the penny starts to drop," she said.
"The longer people stand up and speak about it, the better it is for other people. "
Can you feel you may have been scammed?