Scammer Krylova Tatsiana

Brest Belarus

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Started response thru personal. Told me that she'll be moving here in june 11, getting job thru agency, claims to be piano teacher in minsk, grandmother lives in brest where she grew up. One week before departure claims car accident and needs monies to cover damage. Promises to pay back, sent monies and response stop and also she sent fake plane tickets, No show at san francisco airport. Her phone service also no longer in use. Sent a few more letters regarding circumstances but no reply.

Letter 2

Thank you for your excellent site. Thanks to you I've
been able to recover $500.00 from an incredible
scammer. Its Tatsiana Kyrloff, in Belarus or
wherever he/she (whoever it is) originates.

I thought I was well educated in scams but this one
was elaborate and very creative. Right down to the
calls I placed to wherever the number was located.
The number I have is 375 336 015 731. Contact
started through Yahoo and I should have realized once
the original profile was deleted. But I did not.

We exchanged probably 7 or more e-mail's until she
(whoever) initiated the idea of phone calls. I
called four times over four weekends with an
international calling card (my wise move). They were
very convincing though thinking back there were some
clues I mistook for a possible language barrier.

The scam was just as your letter example provided.
The variation was after her leaving 'the music agency'
she would see the paternal grand mother in Vitino
Russia in a Mazda RX 7 loaded by a Natalia friend in
Minsk. Checking mail in 'internet cafes.' Very
elaborate scenarios. Very convincing. Even when I
thought I had seen all these scams (deleting probably
hundreds over ten years).

The 'accident' took place in St. Petersburg running
into a green BMW, she wrote. I saved all the letters
if you all would like them. She initially said the
bill was $1500 US but said she had $700 and wanted the
other $800. Best I offered was $500 so the next
letter suggested she'd 'sell a gold ring for $300.'
And suggested using MoneyGram as she had done so in
Germany to send her grand mother money.

I balked at it all for two days. To my advantage the
MoneyGram's out here have just started in many
locations and people do not know how to use them. I
know several Russian women (and families) who came to
the US over the past 7 years so her story seemed
plausible (possible) to them - but also a warning not
to send anything.

My saving moment was writing this 'Siana' talking of
the delays with the moneygrams and warnings I had from
my friends about scams. There was no mail for
several days (so that may be a new twist to the scam).
I suspected she might have been arrested or something
over the 'accident.' I finally sent the money
Wednesday night but it had not been picked up.
Perhaps she (whoever it is) became afraid of being
caught. I don't know what. But tonight, after
taking a chance to enter her name into a google
search, your site popped up.

That put me into action. A quick cancellation of the
moneygram and a refund started saved me a considerable
loss. I will send via pay pal a donation to your
service and thank you many times over for the
information. Not that I'll be so easily fooled again
but if ever anyone I know (or those I speak to) ask I
will talk of this situation and provide your web site
as an education tool. Also suggest people donate to
your service.

Usually I can spot them - the 'too good to be true'
profiles, like the 18-99 age ranges. And the ones
too young to really be real. But the variation almost
worked on me from this Tatsiana Kryloff, listing her
age as 37. That was a very wise deception for a man
(myself) at 48. Within the realm of credibility.
The photos were almost a clue seeming too
'professional' though in the USA shots like that are
often on ALL personal sites from mall photography
studios called GLAMOUR SHOTS. And most in Tatsiana's
file were somewhat candid, like in front of a piano,
on location at a park. I'll include copies for your
files too if you wish to have them.

Asking specific questions without specific answers was
another valuable clue to a potential scam. Whoever
this person is, my questions such as suggesting she
meet with some friends of mine in St. Petersburg also
may have put fear into them. That too is when the
letters stopped.

Wow...she (whoever this person is) was VERY good at
the customizable letters addressing many issues.
LOVE never came into it at all. No promises of Sex,
no referrals to sexy photos, no web sites, other than
a 'photos' page was the process. They played it very
straight. Nothing wild. Very credible over really
one month of contact. About 2-3 letters a week.
The suggested phone contact on Sundays. A very
intelligent scam. All very believable.

Believable also because I worked with young men and
women from Russia, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Poland,
Belarus, and several other countries when I was a
supervisor with Six Flags over Texas in 2002 and 2003
(International workers). Wonderful, honest, hard
working, kind, and good people. What prompted me to
send the $500? A woman I work with in a large
retailer. She immigrated to the US 7 years ago on the
same date this woman said would be her 'date' to
arrive to the US.

And elaborate story about arriving with an agency to
interview with 'families' in Dallas, to be a "nanny"
and teach Music (Piano). To Arrive December 15. I
remember she wanted me to meet her at the airport but
I turned down the offer. Offering to meet for Church
the next day. That threw a curve into the response.
But yes, clues all along where information did not
materialize as to the original plots provided. And
when quizzed in questions (subsequent letters) they
were not answered directly. Good clues that
otherwise was a flawless performance of the scam.

I hope what I've provided helps update this file.
Hope it prevents someone out there from being the next