I first met Svetlana on the now defunct dating site EASTWESTMATCH.com in February 2007,we spent the next 5 months getting to know each other better, I put her through several tests to see if she was genuine,as I had already been in contact with several Russian/Ukrainian scammers via dating sites, (the sort who ask for travel money and/or visa), with Svetlana all appeared to be good,so as I was quite interested in her and I liked her personality,I decided to travel to Russia in July 2007 to meet her,she and her "aunt" Olesya Senich arranged an apartment for me,close to her home at 128/49 Stachek Prospekt, Saint Petersburg,for the 5 weeks I planned to be there.
The whole thing was a scam.
We met at Pulkovo airport and from there went straight to a bank to change dollars to rubles,then a drive to the apartment where I was told to wait with Svetlana; her "aunt" (not aunt but convicted felon with Russian criminal record ) would go pay the owner who was waiting up on the 13th floor as they had told the owner THEY were renting the flat and so didn't want ME to be seen ...
This was the first red flag, I felt very uneasy handing the cash over to Svetlana, but as I had agreed to her finding this flat I agreed as I didn't want to offend her by refusing.
Total paid was $5000 for 36 nights
The apartment complex was dirty,with rats in the basement and a smell of goat piss,the apartment itself was tiny,what Russians call a "1 room apartment" and in my opinion,not worth half the money...
after I returned to Australia I paid a Russian detective who uncovered the truth, the flat owner only received less than half the $5000;the scammers had the rest of the money for themselves to spend.
He also found she had a Russian boyfriend.
During my time with Svetlana,she was more often than not occupied, "sick",or too tired to meet ; unbeknown to me its because she was spending time and my money with her Russian boyfriend.
I began to suspect things were not so good when several small scams happened,small sums of money which she demanded I must pay when we would go out,things which were not normal.
For example one night at a disco,she stole the keys to my apartment while we were dancing together,then claimed I had "lost" them forcing me to stay 3 nights at a hotel while she and Olesya arranged "emergency service" of 3 new keys, which she told me cost $2000,yes that's right,$2000 for a set of 3 keys...a "courier" arrived at the flat and I paid the money to her, in reality it was her friend Olesya's mum,also in on the act.
Later,when I told Svetlana that in Australia such keys would not even cost $50,and maybe $150 for the guy to open the door,her reply was;
"everything is more expensive in Russia!"
By this stage,week 4, I was very angry at all this money loss and was seriously thinking of flying home early,Svetlana managed to convince me to stay but I was noticing she seemed to be lying about small things,such as she had never seen people suntanning on the grass in Saint Petersburg,when even in front of her flat people do this in the summer! And several other lies,such as not knowing where the fountains were at Peterhof,she told me to look for them in the (city) Centre...
She also didnt allow for me to take any photos of her,she took some photos of me but I wasn't alowed to photo her,which was another red flag
Also I was never invited to her apartment due to many excuses she used as to why I couldn't go there, on my last day in SPB I found her apartment on my own.
So in this film I am filming without her knowledge,using a Motorola RazzV6 phone,I was pretending to be watching the TV but had my eye on the phone,we talk about what we will do tomorrow, I was bored of spending days alone and just wasting time walking in the shops nearby,so I ask her if we will go to this place Peterhof,as I wanted to take her to a restaurant there or close by.
She had a routine of smsing me every day so it seemed we were "together" and then coming to the apartment every 2nd or 3rd day but always late,usually after 7pm where we would talk,watch some tv, and then she would make up some excuse and leave...
I was interested in a relationship with her,however it's fairly clear from her body language she had no interest in me, it was all just fake,she just saw me as someone she could get to visit her and whom she could steal money from... sad,really.
Is it not easier to steal someones cash and go shopping then to walk into a shop and steal some items which you want but can't afford to buy?
After the scam,all people will see is some young girls going on a shopping spree, whom seem to have money either saved or given to them from a rich boyfriend
Nobody will think they are scammers,because we only believe what we see,and if we didnt see any scam then we wont believe they are scammers .....
The truth is in the vision, judge for yourself.
link- "profile of the female sociopath"