This warm letter ended so coldly with the "all or nothing" that even if the money angle hadnt set off alarms, I would have been concerned. The real triggers to my concerns were the following, which may be of interest to your readers: 1) Her comments to me about herself, although informative, were rather generic and did not respond to particular questions I had asked her in my replies.2) Her desire to be in the US within a week to meet someone shes corresponded with only 5 times or so. Regardless of her intelligence, she insults mine to think I would send that sum of money to an unknown person. 3) The ready availabilily of the complete information for international monetary transfer. 4) Her decline of my invitation to come to Termopil to meet her. I am attaching the photo she e-mailed to me, and although I did not recognize it from any posted on your Blacklist pages, the entire text and tone of her mailings were too similar for me to risk such a gamble. If anyone desires to contact me concerning this person, they may e-mail me directly at Retiredn42@aol.com. Thank you for your time and the valuable service you render to the online community. Dave
Hello dear Dave, I am glad to hear from you again. Today I was thinking a lot about our acquaintance and I came to idea that the Internet is great - it helps people to find brothers soul even so far away - on different corner of the worrld! Its so pitty that I dont have Internet access at home, but thanks God there is one Internet-cafe not far from my house. I have my own PC but there is no phone at our flat. Here in Ukraine the phone access is of big rarity in the private apartments. I live in small Ukrainian town of Ternopil, it is located in Western part of the country. Nearest big city to us is Lviv, the other beautiful cities near Ternopil are Rivne, Lutsk, Khmelnitsky. Although my home town is small, it is the regional center (Ternopil oblast). Oblast means "province" in your language. I live with my parents yet. My father is a dentist, as I told you already and my mother works as manager in "Galichina" hotel placed on the coast of beautiful lake in the old city center of Ternopil.She speaks good English, German, Polish and a bit of French and Spanish. So she got this job thanks her talents to foreign languages. Sometimes she is even able to visit other countries on hotel business exchange basis. She was already in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia. Good for her. Ive never been abroad yet. I hope to see the world a bit too. I can speak English, Slovakian and Polish. And of course I speak Russian and Ukrainian. This part of Ukraine I live in was added to the USSR after World War II only. Thats why our local people still keep the tradition to speak several European languages of our neighbours - Poland for example was always present here in the past. But English I studied during my secondary and university education - other languages I learned "in the streets" and can speak them since my childhood. I have a sister Oksana. She is married and lives in Lutsk with her husband. Both of them are scientists and work at the Volyn State University (faculty of History and Etnography). They have daughter - 6 years old Dasha. As for me, I was never married and I dont have any children. My sister comes to visit us sometimes, but not often, because she is very busy with their scientific researches and has many etnographic trips all over Ukraine. After Ukraine became independent in 1991 our state donates such researches because Soviet power always tried that people forget their traditions and nacional attitudes. They proclaimed new nation - Soviet people. Now it is different and Ukrainians slowly come back to their national pride. Im not sure is it interesting for you everything Im writing. As for me, Im really interesting in everything about you, your nationality and your country. Our friendship meens a lot for me and I want to understand and feel you like myself - like my second half - to be correct. Yours Angelika
Dear Dave! I read your letter with interest and pleasure. Please continue to write me often, because I became addicted to your letters! Well, now more about me - I am a Gemini. I am very well-balanced realistic and open-minded sign. But I am also very loveable, loyal and need only one beloved person in my life. I work in private clinic as dentist, my father helped me to get this job thanks his connections. Because after my graduation in Kiev I had to work in public healthcare system for three years. I wasnt free with my choice of working place - the state planned to send me to one village in Poltava oblast. Here it is always so - if you get university degree in state education system you must work 3 years long for state (because state education is free of charge and even the state pays small grants to students every month in these universities). There are many private academies now, but their diplomas are less valuable, because everybody can buy such diploma of private academy without any studies. Thats why all serious employers accept only state diplomas and certificates. In compare with majority of Ukrainian people my living standard is not bad, but of course it is impossible to compare with income of dentists in Western countries. Well, what else? I do not smoke and I do not drink totally. I love pets but I dont have them. I want to get a small dog, may be, but later, after I decide my own private life questions and only if my future husband will not have anything against. What is your oppinion, dear? Would you like your future wife have a small brown or black dog, for example? I hope to hear from you soon, and please do not stop writing to me. Give me, please, your mailing address, Ill send you a small souvenir from me Ive prepared specially for you today. Dont ask me what it is. Youll see. Yours very big friend Angelika.
My darling, Thank you very much for warm words. Im happy that we are on the same wave in our thinking, aims and dreams. It became important for me to feel your presence in my life. It brought me a kind of insight to review my ordinary everyday life here in Ternopil. As I need you so much, and you need me the same way strong, I believe, we should not lose any minute staying divided anymore. We just have to meet each other in person and start our relationship in real life. Earlier I have found out how we could meet. But now I believe, the right time has came for us to become more than virtual partners. I can fly to you with the help of travel agency. Several agencies offer tourist trips to America. The fastest and most reliable service is at "Intertours" - they can prepare my travel documents, flight tickets and travel insuarance in one week. My mother told me they are very reliable, because several her friends used this service to come to America. They charge 3700 dollars for complete service including opening an international travel passport and three-months US visa plus tickets and hotel reservation in America (which I do not need but it is impossible to obtain US tourist visa without hotel reservation). And they are fast because it will take only one week till well be together. I could spend for this trip 1500 US$, that I have. Do you think you could find the rest 2200 US$? That is my proposition. Actually, it is more normal for my country that the man pays for everything himself. But Im not agree with that. I have some money myself and my profession is also very usefull and popular in any country. Im not rich but Im able to earn the money and Id like to spend them as I want. We dont need to be in hurry. We have time to get know each other better. But as for me, Im sure that one minute of real meeting gives us much correct impression that one year writing each other. Any how, I think I know you enough via letters and Im ready to meet. Let me know what do you think about my proposition. I guess we are enough grown up and persons to do what we feel to do. If you feel the same as I do, of course. But if no, I dont think we should meet at all. Yours AngelikaYou may send the money using Western Union Their Internet site is at westernunion.com and their phone number in the States is 800-325-6000. You will need my street address and probably the address of Western Union office in Ternopil. These data are: NADRA BANK MEDOVA, 2 TERNOPIL, 46000 My postal address is: Angelika Filippova O.Koshevogo str. 27/35, app 43 46000 Ternopil, Ukraine P.S. Any how, I want you to keep my new foto, which Ive done specially for you, dear Dave.