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More Received photography

More Received photographs this week, this time from a delightful-looking lass named Irina.

The tone and sentiment in the email is very similar to those from Mash, Yuila and Becky (she has no kids, never been married and does not have regular access to a mobile phone or the internet).

The question I’m asking myself about the Russian scam mafia is: who is the girl in these images? Does she know her image is being used in some sort of email scam?

The worrying bit is she says she’s going to book her flight from Moscow now – or at least as soon as I tell her the name of my nearest airport. Crikey, she is keen.

However, a quick search on the excellent Tin Eye reveals that a number of these images are available on several peculiar websites around the world.

What does this mean? It certainly makes me feel a little less guilty about posting these images. They are clearly not a genuine appeal for love (not that I’m looking for love like).

I have received three emails from Irina. Read this one (below) and then tell me if I’m having my emotions manipulated or if I should take a bunch of flowers to Leeds/Bradford Airport.

At first I think I have to say that I am new in cyber space and I have only good intentions. you should know that I am not very good writer in english,please be patient to read my messages and see many mistakes.to be fair I don’t know what you want to know about me, in principle. 
First of all I wish to ask your full name, mine Irina Timerkhanowa. I am usual girl. I think I should tell you about me, my interests,tastes and hobbies.I think I will tell you about things I want to know about you and you will know my future questions. I am 25 years old, my birthday is 18 August  1985.
I so much don’t want to get older ,when I can see old women I am getting crazy to think that it is my future .I do all the best to keep my youth and I keep my body well. In spite of all difficultes here I am trying to be in good condition and I do a lot of exercises to be in good shape!
I am about 172 cm tall (5.6) and my weight is about 56 kg. I’ve been told I look well enough, and I think that all women have own beaty. I have never been married and don’t have kids but I love them and they love me!
I have one youngest sister and it is great problem for us because we have only two rooms flat.you can’t imagine what does it mean to be born in small town in Russia,there are not any chances to live well,to get a good job.All young people leave towns to search great luck in big cities but nobody waits for them there. I want to leave Russia,I know it sounds ugly but I know that I will be lost here like many young girls before me.
It is not place to grow children and have stable future.
I want to meet my right man. I think in future I can work as fitness trainer I have a certificate. My mother is my great problem too,she has a great dream to see me married and she wants to make me happy but I think it is only my business I am not a little child. She tells me every day that I should get married very soon.
To be fair I am not sure I  am able to explain all in first message I want to say so much! I just want you to know that I am not afraid to work, I am fairly goal oriented and I am sure you will be not disappoined to meet me in real life.I am going to spend three months abroad to work in any good place,agency promises to help me because it is only the way I can leave Russia. I will have all documents to travel in a few days and i will travel to Moscow then,from Moscow I will travel to you and they ask me about name of the city i am going to work, if you don’t mind to meet me please tell me the name of your city and nearest international airport! I will book my flight from Moscow!
I think  it would be so great to meet my love and stay there forever. I know that it is not so easy like I think but I think it is possible that I meat my real love. I want to love and to be loved I want to build our own happiness, only me and my man there.
I don’t smoke,I tried to smoke when I was younger.I may have a glass of red dry vine,sometimes it helps to relax. I try to take care of my body and face. I know it is all I have. My soul may have any itnterst for you later, I thinkso.I am not a little girl and I know that at first almost all men look at body ,legs and face.God created males such persons. Well,I think I am lost in my letter,I am not sure you understand my goals,please feel free to ask.
I live in Russia! Region Sibiria, Irkutsk Oblast’ (Area) in a small town Angarsk. My adress:
town Angarsk
Factory street 17, flat 42..
My city is really far from center of our country.Moscow and St Petersburg are located far from my place.
I would like to write if we understand interests of each other. If you understand my soul,my interests. If it is difficult read so long letters please let me know. I will write then shorter one.
I write from another city now. Name of this city is Irkutsk. The reason is we don’t have internet cafe in my town. It is mean that it take me 1 hour to get in this city by bus. Please don’t worry if i will answer you not so fast. I hope that you will understand me that it is difficult be in another city fast. I don’t have private mobile phone.In our small town only 3 digital phones.This phones can use only for call inside Russia. If we have to call 
inside the country we have to order call through the operator. It’s impossible to call abroad.
Russia really is very difficult country!!! Please write me about yourself. I have to know everything. Your interests,hobby and so on. The last one. I have several very important questions to you.
Do you like alcohol drinks? Do you drink it often? Have you been rude with women?
Well,I have to stop or I will write without ending. Kiss you !see you later. In my next e-mail I will write you more things about myself and more details about my trip and work.
Yours Irina
P.S. I should go in the Internet of cafe in other city,
therefore following time I shall write to you in a day, or two.
NOTE: To avoid any confusion, this woman is a scammer. See this page here.

NOTE TWO: Irina is also know as: Ekaterina Solovyeva, Karamelka, Irina Komelina, Diana, Ekaterina Razgonova, Elena Kashkova, Svetlana Kiselyova, Inna Lihachova, Irina Komelina, Marina Krestyaninova, Natalia Jurtikova, Natalia Yrtikov, Elena Sharina, Tatyana Kiseleva, Vnisy, Svetlana Startseva, Elena Ushakova, Irina Russkih, Tatyana Krestyaninova, Natalia Loskotova, Ekaterina Samaeva, Olga Bondareva, Daria Iskrinka, Daria Kleschevnikova, Daria Lebedeva, Natalia Andrianova, Irina Astah, Anna Kurshakova, Oksana Tkach, Elena Kiseleva, Natalia Orehova, Irina Shalagina, Maria Talanova, Elena Griaznova, Olga Vohmyakova, Lubov Kuznetsova, Ksenia Chercazianouva, Galina Scherstobitowa, Tatyana Gorbunowa, Valentina Semenchugowa, Valentina Simenchugouva, Elena Tyulkina, Julia, Natalia Denisowa, Irina Vdovichenko, Natalia Loskutova, Anastasia Belostotskaya, Elena Okuneva, Ludmila, Tatyana Shihmatova, Alina Sabitova, Marina Goloubinova, Marina Sirotina, Olga Zikova, Elena Voronina, Evgenia, Anna Wotintseva, Natalia Kalyonova, Elizaveta Onjanowa, Daria Sapichewa, Elena Prozorova, Anastasia Bambourina, Ekaterina Tsaregorodtseva.

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3 comments on “More Received photography

  1. reinierv
    November 22, 2010

    i've got a mail from the same Irina with other pictures, an other birthday date and other information (she has also a broter, lives in an othre town etc etc.)The mail: Hello!!! Its Ira again writing to you )!How was your day?)I decided to send you more info about me.It is my first time I try to correspondence with man in internet world.I do hope you will be enough patient to understand my writing.I want you to know that I have only good intentions and I don`t have big secrets.The thing is that I will work abroad for three months(Well certainly if I will like my work that I can remain) or so and I would like to meet a nice man to be my guide or just be good friend to spend time with.I think that it is hard enough to live in foreign town without friends and also I have never been abroad. I am from so small town here in Russia,I am afraid to be lost.I want to see real life and it is impossible to see without person who knows all sides of the life. It doesn`t matter what age is he or what is his eyes color, I just want to know that he is kind and open-hearted inside.I don't want to live in Russia because I have not any chances here,it is hardly possible to explain it by the first time but I want you to know my plans.In Russia many young girls also want to start a new life abroad, so many of them used a special program “Work and travel” for young people who wants to work abroad.I also decided to do so and to use it. This program just helps to register documents and gives suitable work in your area. I already started to register documents and now I need to decide in which city I want to work.I`m not afraid of work (I can work as the teacher of initial classes).You know,I also can be and the teacher of physical culture and fitness and to teach it to children and adults!! You wish to be my pupil? :-))? (I try to joke a little) But when I will arrive (I will travel alone) I will work as a teacher,I have an international certificate.I think it is the right way for me, I am lost here, and I think that I look pretty enough to find a better place.I never been abroad so I decided to find a friend abroad and make his city to be my destination.I want to repeat the same way,it is my only chance to change my life. I am full of plans and different dreams.My hair is white(blonde) and I have gray-blue eyes. I think I look very good, but I very much wait your answer!!I still shall write to you a little later ok? ))Ira

  2. Anna
    December 13, 2010

    Hi! You know, there are a lot of such Irinas in Russia. It is for sure! But what is really strange, that her english is nearly perfect, common man, do not belive that she wroght that text. And another thing – her photos. Those photos made a photographer! And last thing to come to see you she needs to have visa (your invitation) and money. So if you really want to find a nice, beatiful, cleaver girl, just go and visit Russia and you will find her! Anna

  3. urrea_julian
    February 25, 2011

    I got the same thing, but this was from an other Irina. Same type of mails, same name. The pics are also less professional. Most of them look like they have been made by herself. Every mail she sent 2 or 3 pics, each time with less and less clothes. I not new to the internet so i knew it was a scam from the beginning, but i was interested in seeing how far she would go. It all start getting a bit fishy when she almost never answers any of your questions. Also way to fast to try and get you to love her. It starts with hello and 3 mails later its My love, my knight n shining armour. I especially liked a part in her last mail where she said it probably wouldnt be a problem for me to send her 990 dollars, that i probably would think its an honour… Jesus who falls for this crap…

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