It was December when the first plea for help with her travel arrangements arrived in Dave's inbox.
It was December when the first plea for help with her travel arrangements arrived in Dave's inbox.When Dave told his friends about his new girlfriend, they laughed and said: "mate, you're getting scammed" but Dave kept emailing and Aleksandra always knew the right thing to say to assuage his doubts.I remember first scam letters good few years ago, but got easily discouraged when I didn't receive answers to any of my questions.
On Valentines Day this year, Dave was woken up just before 7am by a call from a private number.
The Aleksandra on the phone was less loving, more forthright and after wishing him "happy Valentine's Day", she quizzed him: "you are going to send the money?
'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.
She contacted Dave (not his real name) on dating site Zoosk in November last year, telling him she was a 32-year-old Russian woman eager to pursue a serious relationship.
She had emailed her phone number but told Dave he could not call her, saying "my phone doesn't accept international calls".
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.Nobody's perfect and my first relationship in Ukraine didn't end up as I hoped, but now I'm happily engaged and will marry soon.I currently have well over 100 female friends in Ukraine, we've been hanging out and travelling together. To be honest I am surprised people lose so much money to find love."When he tried to call back, using the number she had emailed him, it was disconnected.Dave emailed her to say he was starting to doubt her story, which provoked a lengthy and impassioned response.Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.In fact, there were no online traces of her at all.Included with the email was a copy of her passport, showing her name, address and photograph.Despite his concerns, in February Dave went to his Mount Gambier bank branch to make a transfer of 0 to Aleksandra but he was stopped by a bank employee who told him bluntly she believed he was being scammed.As I spoke Russian as a kid, it was easier to learn that (actually when I got into dating a lot of Ukrainian girls while staying in Kiev or via Skype - I have mastered it in 3 months - and think how much you'd have to pay for meetings with native speaker to learn the language lol).Yes, there are lots of nice girls whom you can meet with without fear of being scammed.