Here a sample of the letter that was sent with the altered US Visa image above. Together they create a compelling and believable story that this person does really have a Tourist Visa for entry into the United States. Donít be fooled, this is set up for the classic Visa Scam scenario.
Hi, my ______.
There is a fine news to me and to you - I have received the visa. I send you it. I shall have also vacation on January, 20.
Today I went to the company which reserves airway tickets. I asked them how I can reach Los Angeles (LAX) and how much it costs. They answered me that the ticket costs $ 874.70 USD. I asked them to find cheaper tickets, because this price is expensive for me. They answered that they had a cheaper ticket but the beginning of the flight 23-January-03. It costs $ 832 USD. I asked them to reserve a ticket. But they refused, because they have a lot of clients at this time and they canít reserve my ticket without advance payment. I spoke with them for a long time and asked to reserve the ticket for me without advance payment but they didnít agree. Then I wondered if it is possible to pay a part of the money now and the other part later. They didnít agree. I spoke with them for a long time and I managed to persuade them. They agreed. We agreed that I would pay a part of the price today and the other part later.
I paid $ 400 USD. But it was little for an initial payment. Then I went to the pawnshop and pawned my silver and gold embellishments for $ 136 USD.
It was my last money. The number of the flight on which I reserved the ticket is Delta 31.
The time of departure from Moscow (SVO) is 1:25 pm.
The time of arrival in Los Angeles (LAX) is 8:55 pm.
I shall arrive in New York (JFK) and then I will change a plan in New York (JFK), number of the flight Delta 151.
After this I will fly to Los Angeles (LAX), to you ______.
It is very difficult for me to tell you about it. But I have done everything that I could. I paid visa. I paid a part of the ticket. But this money is not enough. I didnít want to burden you. I wanted to reach you with my own money but unfortunately I failed. Now I have to pay the remaining part. It is only $ 296 USD. I have to pay this money before
19-January-03 morning. Otherwise I will lose my money and ornaments.
If you need me, if you trust me and if you want to see me, please, send the money for the ticket before 19-January-03 morning. I understand that it is a difficult decision for you, but we must trust each other. Any union without trust is impossible if it is a union of wife and husband or union of boy-friend and girl-friend or union of business partners. I donít want to be hypocritical. Thatís why I want to tell you following: I do not think that you would like to give the love to the woman whom you wonít trust.
Also I would not like to give my love to the man which I wonít trust. Itís a first check for us. And much depends upon it, may be everything. We must trust each other. Thatís why I was the first who made the first step. Step to you.
Of course if you donít want, you can not help me. It is bad but not fatal. I will lose my money. IT IS BAD TOO BUT NOT FATAL TOO. I paid $ 235 USD for making visa, and I paid a part of the ticket- $ 536 USD. It is big money for me, but I TOLD YOU ALREADY THAT MONEY IS NOT THE MAIN THING IN THE LIFE. But I trust you, and I know that YOU ARE A MAN OF HONOUR AND YOU ARE A GENTLEMAN. I donít want you top doubt in my honesty and thatís why I am sending you the view of my visa.
If you can help me I send you my coordinates. I give you necessary elements for sending money with the help of Money Gram:
48 KIROV ST
KALUGA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
for Ribakova Inna.
To get the money, I should tell to employee of bank your full name, full address, exact sum which I should receive and some confidential numbers (Money Transfer Control Number), which will give you, when you will send the money.
Please forgive to me all my words. I speak so because I am in despair and confusion. Now, when only one step is separated us, I am afraid. I am afraid that you will not help, and all my diligence will have no use. I need you and I want to be with you and the word of honor, your help is necessary for me. I have not calculated my forces. But together we are much stronger. We will pass through difficulties and barrier, it is much easier to do it together. I want to present you all my infinite love and fidelity.
I understand that it is the big money for you. I did not want to ask you. I thought that I can make all itself. The loneliness has made me strong. I have got used to live without help, and to rely only on myself. I ask somebody for help very seldom, but now I ask you to help me. I have made a step forward. Make your step towards me. I hope that I have not offended you something. I need you and I trust you. I know, that you will not throw me now when there is only one step between us.
I am waiting for your reply.