Yesterday, I received an email with the rather jarring greeting “Hello foreigner”. The email claims to be from Svetlana, an “elegant and educated girl” who works as a doctor in Moscow. Apparently, Svetlana is deeply fascinated by foreign countries, their culture and languages and is in search of a “decent and straight-forward gentleman” to become her life partner.
Supposedly, to connect with Svetlana and thousands of like-minded women from Russia, all I need to do is click a link. The message promises that clicking will change my life forever.
But, alas, the link opens a very dodgy Russian “dating” website that wants you to provide your personal details on an initial sign up form. Later in the process, it will try to entice you to create a paid subscription to find Svetlana and thousands of other single girls.
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Of course, online dating is now mainstream and there are many perfectly legitimate dating websites that can help people to connect to potential life-partners.
And, of course, any company unscrupulous and unethical enough to use spam campaigns and deliberate lies to promote themselves should not be trusted with so much as your name, let alone your credit card details.
A transcript of the spam email:
How do you feel today? I wish that you have the most wonderful day of your life today.
I am Svetlana, an elegant and educated girl from Russia. I am a middle-class girl who works as a doctor in one of the pediatric hospitals of Moscow.
You may be surprised when I say that a Doctor is from middle class society.
Yes doctors may not be that rich in Russia when compared to the US or Western Europe,
but we live a decent life and you may say we belong to upper middle class.
Well I like to be straight-forward in life and so I want to tell you that I am in search of my life partner from among foreigners or westerners as
I am deeply fascinated by foreign countries, their culture and languages.
I am in search of a decent and straight-forward gentleman who is fed up of life without a suitable life partner and is bored of solitude just like me
then you should surely join this website where you can find me and thousands of like-minded women form Russia and Eastern Europe!!!
Why waste your time further? Click here and change your life forever!!!
Since you’ve read this far……can I ask you for a big favour?
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