Investigators say there could be more victims that have not been identified.
The fraud utilized the infamous "visa and airfare" scheme: Mc Coy and his wife Anna were posing as Russian women seeking marriage and a non-existing Russian marriage agency that would provide women with visas and tickets.
(Click here for earlier reports on this scam.) Don't move any further until you read The Complete, No-Nonsense ANTI-SCAM GUIDE For Internet Dating.
Ensure your safety and peace of mind - read the ANTI-SCAM GUIDE.All old stories (more than a few months old) are compiled together as alphabetical archive, and now include photos of women-scammers and links to related articles.New additions/updates are added separately, and are accessible from this page.A true-life Story of Dan and Val, who met over the Internet and fell in love: "I subscribed to an internet dating service a couple years ago, expecting to only communicate with American women. He even sent a letter to President Putin requesting his help in investigation.I did that, met a few, had a girlfriend from Germany for about a year, but I also received a couple interests from Russian women (which turned out to be scams). The final of the story was dramatic and hit pages of newspapers all over the world. Click here A short while ago I found the black list, shown here.
They intrigued me enough to make me wonder if I should look outside our country, Russia in particular..."In May 2001 Terry, an Australian man scammed by a gang of Internet con-artists, sent his story to Russian Bride Cyber Guide's Black List. Now radio and TV-stations are eager to talk to Terry but he is not keen to give interviews. No need saying that scammers can reach pretty much anybody, who is looking for a life partner online.
However I noticed (after reading the letters shown in the list) that there are certain things, you can notice before the scammer reaches your bank account. Because I am also one of you (more or less), somebody who is looking for a life partner and decided to give it a try online. and I think, I know what a woman is looking for online if she is not a scammer.
So, here are my tips, I hope, they can help somebody to avoid a problem...
My best friend is a lawyer and he tells me about cases where men sent money to women under false pretences.
It's because American men have the idea they can buy a woman and American women will let you try.
We have created our own flock of scammers right here in America.