how to find out where an email originates from ie; scam or not?

receiving email from lady in Russia (mariedoani@gmail.com) trying to find out if this is a scam or not. there should be a 12 hour time difference between her and I. Claims she is sending emails from work but I recieve them when she would not be working.

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  • ?
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    9 years ago
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    100% scam.

    There is no Russian beauty desperate to toss her life aside and fly to be your wife. She is not going to marry anyone and is not interested in anything but your cash.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money with fake stories of daddy's death, mother's illness, sister's baby and needing money for internet, rent, food, fees, travel expenses, plane tickets, passport renew costs, medical exam, whatever excuses she makes up.

    The next email will be from one of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses and will demand you rescue her from her desperate situations, again and again, and only in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    If you google "fake dating scam", "fraud Western Union love scam", "russian romance scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

  • 9 years ago

    99% of the Russian ladies contacting you by email are either male scammers who copy pictures of models and set up fake profiles (if you have never Skyped her) or they are "green diggers" looking for lonely men in order to get a green card then divorce them for a nice settlement and bring over their boyfriend from Russia

  • 4 years ago

    i could get directly to the police right now. earlier you be attentive to it they are going to be paying to your place too without your consent or you need to cite them an exhobitant cost for the motor vehicle and notice what the tip result's.

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