"This is my advice: those who prefer virtual romances should be much more prudent.
You simply can't be as unsuspecting as some of these men. "Second, I can easily imagine how upset the man, who transferred the money was.
Always be wary of unsolicited messages, especially those which appear to be “too good to be true” as they almost always are truly unbelievable.
In the email body she calls herself Tanya, but she’s emailed me from an address where she calls herself Merle.Really 'she' was conman Oleg Yelsukov, below, now in jail.The photo was actually of Alsou, a Russian pop star and daughter of an oil tycoon "I was enraged that my photograph served the rotten purposes of these swindlers," she said."I wanted to take action myself at first when I discovered the scam."But then I realised our law-enforcement bodies could do it far better than me.Two of the men behind this particular scam - Sergey Chetverikov, 22, and Oleg Yelsukov, 24 - have now been brought to justice and are serving three years in prison.But with the returns that can be made on these scams, the pair are likely to be back at work as soon as they get parole.
I know it’s a shock, and there’s no easy way to put it, but whoever is spamming out these messages thinks you’re “Mr Dependable” for one thing only – your propensity for clicking on links, and ultimately bringing them some affiliate cash.