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Posted March 02, As a warning to others, a Mount Gambier man is sharing the details of his three-month dialogue with scammers who assumed the alias of a Russian woman on a popular Australian dating website.

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She contacted Dave not his real name on dating site Zoosk in November last year, telling him she was a year-old Russian woman eager to pursue a serious relationship. And now we meet each other Her emails from a Gmail account arrived every two days and at first were full of the little details of her life, like walking in the park with her friends and hanging out for pizza.

She sent dozens of pictures of her eating cake, dressed in a bathrobe, lying chastely on the bed, always dressed in white. It was a mere two weeks before Aleksandra's emails swung in a more intimate direction, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.

Truth about russian dating sites smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts. Unusually for someone her Truth about russian dating sites, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. In fact, there were no online traces of her at all. 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. It was December when the first plea for help with her travel arrangements arrived in Dave's inbox. Let's do it and meet me!

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But Aleksandra told him she had no bank account so money must be sent via transfers through Moneygram or Western Union. When Dave told his friends about his new girlfriend, they laughed and said: I'm honest with you.

My intentions are serious. I have for you a huge and sincere feelings. I am the one in the photos. I am a real. She sent him passport pictures, told him she had spoken about their future to her family and even started to call him "husband". But Aleksandra repeated her requests that Dave transfer money 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".

The Aleksandra on Truth about russian dating sites phone was less loving, more forthright and after wishing him "happy Valentine's Day", she quizzed him: Dave emailed her to say he was starting to doubt her story, Truth about russian dating sites provoked a lengthy and impassioned response.

If you are serious about loving me and coming here, you will have to pay for it all yourself. A week went by and there was no reply from the woman who had told Dave multiple times she was going to marry him.

The Mount Gambier man shared the contents of the roughly 50 emails he received over three months conversing with 'Aleksandra' with ABC Local Radio, wanting to help prevent further Truth about russian dating sites. Ms Rickard said it was important for people who had been duped by such a scam to both report it and tell their story. Do you think you may have been scammed? More stories from South Australia.

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