While my memory is slightly foggy, he was around 55 years old and lived on the east coast of the United States.
He was in town because he’d met a girl on a foreign bride site, and was considering getting her a visa to come live with him.
Despite the obviousness of the situation to an outsider, it happens. This time it was even worse, but it reads almost the same.
Again, he met a girl on a dating website or agency, the majority of which are He meets this girl, and again he “falls in love”. “She” is gorgeous (the young one), you can see for yourself: Before he knows it (within two months), they’re making arrangements for her to come to the United States and live with him. She has to fly back ASAP, and could he please send some money to help with the funeral arrangements? The funeral is taken care of, but now she has nobody else left for her.
And again, he had to take a taxi way out to her town or village outside of Odessa.
I have no idea how it turned out with any other girls he was due to meet. He arrives in Odessa, and I think the day after he went out to this far city to meet the girl.She calls him and tells him that she’s held up at customs, she can’t get through. He tries to solve the problem, and ends up just upsetting her. He has not heard from her since, and I’m sure he never will.Then she calls to tell him that she’s through customs, but angry at him. I don’t know whether she asked him to transfer money for the hotel, but it wouldn’t surprise me. More than likely, the girl in the photo has no idea who he is.In that con, businessmen were contacted by an individual allegedly trying to smuggle someone that is connected to a wealthy family out of a prison in Spain.In exchange for assistance, the scammer promised to share money with the victim in exchange for a small amount of money to bribe prison guards.Typical sob stories told by Ukrainian brides as a way to scam men out of their money.Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are Ukrainian brides who genuinely want to find a nice guy and get married. It sucked for the American guy, but making those kind of huge financial purchases right off the bat are a surefire way to get yourself screwed. Yeah, the same guy was the “victim” of yet another Ukrainian brides scam less than six months after the first one.The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim or simply disappears.According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), "An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return." There are many variations of this type of scam, including the 419 scam (also known as the Nigerian Prince scam), the Spanish Prisoner scam, the black money scam, Fifo's Fraud and the Detroit-Buffalo scam.The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.