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Email Scams – Russische Mutter sucht Holzofen

Heute erreichte mich folgender Hilferuf aus der russischen Kälte:

Hello, My name is Elena, I have 31 years old and I live in Russian province. I work in library and after my work I allowed to use computer when it possible. I finded your address in internet and I decided to write you this letter. I have 7-year daughter Angelina, her father abandoned us and we live with my mother. Due to the crisis recently my mother lost job and our situation became very difficult. The price for heating our home is very high and we cannot afford it anymore. The winter is coming and weather is colder each day. We worry if the temperature will become cold in our home, we don’t know how to survive. For heating our home we need portable stove which give heat from burning wood. We have many wood in our region, but we cannot buy the stove in local market because it cost equivalent of 193 Euro and very expensive for us. If you have any old portable wood burning stove, we will be very happy if you can donate it to us and organize transport of its to our address or help us to buy it in our local market. This oven are different, they are from cast iron and weight 100-150kg.

I downloaded our picture to free website and you can see it at: [LINK geht nicht mehr]

It is not of very good quality, but it will give you idea how we look. I hope to hear from you soon and I hope that our situation will become better in the New Year. Elena.

Die Frage ist wieso sich die gute Frau keinen Holzofen leisten kann aber eine

Camera: FUJIFILM
model: FinePix A400
date: 2006:01:05 03:10:29
automatic exposure with flash.
Software: ACD Systems Digital Imaging

wie aus den Metainformationen des Bildes zu lesen ist. Desweiteren ist es nicht grade easy einen 150 Kilo schweren Holzofen nach Russland zu verschicken, selbst wenn ich einen Gebrauchten zufällig hier rumstehen hätte. Soll ich jetzt dazu animiert werden Geld zu senden, oder haben die es wirklich auf Öfen abgesehen um das Metal zu verkaufen? Dreiste Geschichte jedenfalls, die auch hier in einem Scammerforum dokumentiert und diskutiert wird.

Die weitere Diskussion:

hi elena, you have a pretty expensive camera..why dont you trade it in for a stove? unfortunatly i dont know where to buy stoves here. do you have paypal at hand ? ich can send you 193€ so you can buy a stove to burn wood. do many people do that ? the woods might be empty very soon. i m afraid thats not a good idea since most mail with money will probably be stolen.

Dear Michael,  Thank you very much for your message. I don’t have a camera, this photo has been made by my friend.  I have 31 years, my daugher Angelina is 7 years. My mother is 55 years. We  are only three persons in our family and nobody help us. It is the first year since Angelina goes to school and she receive high grades. It make me and my mother happy. We live in central region of Russia, Kaluga town what is approxim. 190kms to south-west from Moscow.  The winter is coming and weather becomes colder and colder each day. We don’t know what to do and how to heat our home.  I would be very grateful to you if you can help us to buy portable wood burning stove in our local market. It is made from cast-iron and weight 115kg. We have many wood in our region and this stove will heat our home the all winter. We already have a chimney and we will connect it to the stove not to have the smoke inside of our home. Price of this stove in our local market is 6761 Russian rubles (equivalent of 193 Euros), but my salary is very small and we cannot buy it.
I hope for your help.

how will i be able to send you money ?

Thank you very much for your message. If you can help us to buy the stove, you can send your help to my bank account.
Elena.

do you have paypal ?

No, I don’t have paypal.
Elena.

whats your bankaccount then?

Elena. Thank you very much for your message. You can send your help in a letter to our address is:

Elena Galitsyna,
Ulica Kirova 25-54,
Kaluga, 248000
Russia.
Elena.

i m afraid thats not a good idea since most mail with money will
probably be stolen.

…to be continued



Kommentare

Paul 07/12/2008 um 19:02

interesting


Anonymous 06/04/2009 um 13:39

I sent her my old sleeping bag, and it was returned… And her mail is sent from an IP-address in Sweden! Scam.


slowly 30/11/2009 um 01:12

Hab heute auch dieses Mail erhalten.
Absende IP war 217.171.128.37, lokalisiert in England, also weit weit weg von Kaluga.


Caty 18/11/2020 um 12:55

I received this last week from elenryk@ehmail.ru.
It looks like the same people but with slightly different names. So far it all seems harmless ;-)
The IP 34.241.246.20 returns Dublin Ireland
Adress does not turn up on Google maps, but I have no clue of how much is actually mapped in Russia…
————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Good morning,
My daughter and me collecting printed postcards from Europe. We are from Russia.
Can you send a printed postal card from Belgium?
I wish to send you the post card from our country if you would like !
Await for your kind response.
With kind greetings,
Elena
————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
I replied: Hi Elena,
How old is your daughter and what is her name?
Where would you like me to send the postcard to?
Kind regards,
Caty
————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
and got this back:
Thank you for your message. I am happy to hear that you can send the postcard.You can send the card with landscape or sightseeings of your country.
Our address is:
Elena Galicyna
Lenina ulica 117-5
Kaluga 248000
Russia.
You can write the card for my daughter. Her name is Angelina and she is 18 years old.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Elena.


admin 19/11/2020 um 08:40

Hmm interesting, i mean receiving postcards is not a bad thing unless you might collect adresses which is probably not the case here since its rather inefficent. maybe the scamer tries to build a more personal relationship before asking you for money later.


wolfgang 19/11/2020 um 20:51

Hi
I got the postcard email today, 2 times on different email adresses, and with same content but slightly different wording, looks very indvidual, really interesting.. at least somebody knows there is an email adress with people who answer (I answered and got a similar answer like you did) – what could be the next offer/demand?


admin 20/11/2020 um 08:55

i guess they might exchange some more mails, messages, cards and then personally ask for some money because of an recent accident or illness or something like that.


Xenia 24/11/2020 um 15:05

Hello! I received a postcard email last week as well, from elenamush@mailzeta.ru. It came to the general email address from my work:
————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Good afternoon,
My daughter is collecting printed post cards from Europe. We ourselves are from Russia.
Is it possible for you to send a printed postal card from Austria?
I will send you the post card from our town if you like !
Await for your kind response.
Respectfully,
Elena.
————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
As I’m originally from Belarus, I replied her in Russian and asked her for her address. She wrote me back:

Dear Ksenia,
Thank you for your message. I am happy to hear that you can send the
postcard.
Our address is:
Elena Galicyna
Lenina ulica 117-5
Kaluga 248000
Russia.
You can write the card for my daughter. Her name is Angelina.
I thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.
Elena.
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I wondered why she wrote me back in English and not in Russian. Still, I was on the brick to send her a postcard, luckily, I decided to google her address before… and then I found this thread. Really weird scam.


Andreas 03/12/2020 um 19:38

Dear Andreas,

Thank you for your message. I am happy to hear that you can send the postcard.

Our address is:
Elena Galicyna
Lenina ulica 117-5
Kaluga 248000
Russia.

You can write the card for my daughter. Her name is Angelina.
I will send you the card from Kaluga and I need your address!

I thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.
Elena.

—– Original Message —–
To: „‚Elena'“ elenryk@ehmail.ru
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 3:54 PM
Subject: AW: card

Hello Elena

Thank you very much for your message. I need your address so that I can send
your daughter a card. Will you send it to me? Of course I would be happy
about a card from your city.

Best wishes,
Andreas


Max 15/12/2020 um 14:05

Did also receive the email with the same direction and name.
And I think Mike is a scam because I like to send the answer with your address :)


Steven 17/12/2020 um 23:23

Ähnliche email bekommen, wo sie zuerst herzliches weihnachtsfest wünscht und wenn man antwortet bekommt man diese email… wo Sie nach einem gebrauchten Schlafsack für Ihre Tochter fragt. Mit der gleichen Adresse in Kalgua 248000 Ul. Lenina 117-5

>>> Dear Steven,
>>>
>>> Thank you for your kind message.
>>>
>>> I don’t remember if I told you already that I work in the library.
>>> Because
>>> of Covid, it was closed in the spring and I stay without work several
>>> months.
>>> I don’t know if the library will open next year, but I really hope so,
>>> because we have already started using the vaccine in our country.
>>>
>>> Due to the fact that I am without work, we have large debts for utility
>>> costs for our apartment (more than equivalent of 240 EUR) and the
>>> supplier
>>> wants to turn off our heating.
>>> I am a single mother and nobody help us. I decided that if it will be
>>> cold
>>> in our bedroom, my daughter could sleep into a sleeping bag
>>> and everything will be well. Do you have any old sleeping bag you don’t
>>> use
>>> anymore? She is 160 cm tall and lean body. It would be great if you
>>> could
>>> donate the sleeping bag to us because here very are very expensive.
>>>
>>> May be later when I start to work I can do something good for you as
>>> well.
>>>
>>> Hope to hear from you soon.
>>> Elena.


Anonymous 21/12/2020 um 13:02

Received exactly the same e-mails from elenryk@ehmail.ru and elenaryk@ehmail.ru asking for a postcard:


G’day,
My daughter and me collect post cards from different countries. We live in Russia.
I am worried to ask you- can you send a postcard?
I would like send you one from our country, if you like!
I will wait for your reply.
Very truly yours,
Elena.

[..]

Thank you for your message. I am happy to hear that you can send the
postcard.

Our address is:
Elena Galitzyna
Lenina ulitsa 117-5
Kaluga 248000
Russia.

You can write the card for my daughter. Her name is Angelina and she is 18
years old.

I hope to hear from you soon.
Elena.

This was then followed by an ask for a sleeping bag:


Thank you for your kind message.

I don’t remember if I told you already that I work in the library. Because of Covid, it was closed in the summer and I stay without work.
I don’t know if the library will open next year, but I really hope so, because we have already started using the vaccine in our country.

Due to the fact that I have been without work for a long time, I have no even possibility to buy food and things of primary necessity.
We live together with my daughter, I am single monther. The situation is very difficult, so I really hope that you can help us in any possible way.
We would be glad of any food or any old sleeping bag, which my daughter could use for sleeping if the supplier turn off our heating for the debts.

Elena.

So I can confirm that the first few e-mails are just to check if you’ll answer and then the requests for money / stove / sleeping bags will follow.


Patrick 22/12/2020 um 04:30

I noticed that these emails are old, more than 10 years ago. Why do you post them now?
Patrick


Josef Müller 07/01/2021 um 23:22

I also was contacted by this Elena.
I sent her a postcard from Austria
and she als sent me one from Kaluga (printed 1982, so I got a postcard from formed Sovietunion!!!!)
I also got question for food and used sleeping bag.

Joe
Austria


Nina, Norway 12/02/2021 um 10:59

sent „her“ a postcard in december. And now she wants food and sleepingbag. I almoust got some russian friends to help her, but then I googled her name and found this thred.


C, Sweden 04/04/2021 um 16:57

I got this yesterday:

From all my heart I wish you a Happy Easter!
I heard on the TV that you celebrate in on 4 April, but here in Russia we will be celebrating Orthodox Easter later.

I hope that you are well and safe from COVID. The situation is very bad in the whole world now due to Covid. We already have the vaccine in Russia, but
many people, especially youth, don’t trust it, therefore only a little part of the population have been vaccinated up to now.
The authorities will not cancel most of the limitations until at least 50% of the population accept the vaccine.
Many people here do not observe social distance, do not wear masks and are irresponsible in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
I hope that the population in your country is more responsible for this problem!

With greetings from Russia.
Elena and my daughter Angelina.


K, Germany 12/04/2021 um 15:45

I got the same postcard request (Nov) / Christmas covid story / and the Easter mail just recently.

Either that woman is really desperately seeking for help by addressing everybody (which would not explain IPs from other countries) – or its just a scam.
Some emails are very properly written – even with personal references – and others do have a bad formatting and one even reached me from some other e-mail account…..


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