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Any help would be greatly appreciated here. I have a friend who is coming to America to study music over the summer. She is a Music teacher back in Russia. She received her Visa and travel agency help booked her flight. However, when she reached the customs area in Moscow International Airport. She was asked to present 2560.00USD to show she is able to return Russia on her own. This is a woman that makes about 170.00USD monthly! She has asked for my help, since we have been talking about music and places she can visit to get insight to modern and classical music here in America. She sent me this document. However I do not read Russian, though I do see where it list the 2560.00USD. Can anyone liberate on this or point me in the right direction on how real this is and why Russian Customs is asking to show money. I have travel a lot, but never had to show money to any customs. Thank you to any and all that can assist me in finding answers. Thank you!

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Did you make contact on a dating site?


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How's she coming to the US to study music but you have HB2 visa listed?


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He means B2 and I would not be surprised if he is not out for some imaginary air line tickets.


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Yeah I was afraid this maybe a fraud, a well thought out one at best! I have been speaking with this person for over 5 months now. I am trying to hire company out of TX, USA who specializes in Russian/Ukraine scams to double check. I have requested this person to send/email me copy of Visa B2 (sorry typo, not a Visa h-b2), passport and copy of current receipts of your travel to Moscow. I plan on calling USA Embassy in Russia this morning to double check more information. A friend of mine encourage I check VisaJourney out first. She said this help her battle a two Visa and marry the man she loved her in the states. Anymore feedback is welcomed. I will also check out Regional forums as well. My sincere, Thank you!

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Hi-

Any help would be greatly appreciated here. I have a friend who is coming to America to study music over the summer. She is a Music teacher back in Russia. She received her Visa and travel agency help booked her flight. However, when she reached the customs area in Moscow International Airport. She was asked to present 2560.00USD to show she is able to return Russia on her own.

No they didn't. This is a total scam.

This is a woman that makes about 170.00USD monthly! She has asked for my help

This is a classical scam.

, since we have been talking about music and places she can visit to get insight to modern and classical music here in America. She sent me this document. However I do not read Russian, though I do see where it list the 2560.00USD. Can anyone liberate on this or point me in the right direction on how real this is and why Russian Customs is asking to show money. I have travel a lot, but never had to show money to any customs.

Because you don't. It is a scam.

Thank you to any and all that can assist me in finding answers. Thank you!


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

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Complete fraud. Here are the rules from Russian government site (in Russian) regarding Russian citizens leaving Russia:

http://www.fms.gov.ru/documentation/860/details/50440/3/

There's nothing in there about having any money. They don't care how you will pay for your stay abroad.


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Yeah I was afraid this maybe a fraud, a well thought out one at best!

Naw, it's very typical. You are most likely not the only man she(he) is playing.....they can make a nice annual sum with this technique.

I have been speaking with this person for over 5 months now.

And now stop.

I am trying to hire company out of TX, USA who specializes in Russian/Ukraine scams to double check.

Why bother?

I have requested this person to send/email me copy of Visa B2 (sorry typo, not a Visa h-b2), passport and copy of current receipts of your travel to Moscow.

You won't receive anything because there is nothing to send.

I plan on calling USA Embassy in Russia this morning to double check more information.

There's nothing they can do. Why bother?

A friend of mine encourage I check VisaJourney out first. She said this help her battle a two Visa and marry the man she loved her in the states. Anymore feedback is welcomed.

Move on. This is a typical scam and nothing good can be had out of it. There's plenty of real women out there.

NEVER, EVER send money to anyone you have never met in person.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Let it go, you are not going to get your money back


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Hi-

Any help would be greatly appreciated here. I have a friend who is coming to America to study music over the summer. She is a Music teacher back in Russia. She received her Visa and travel agency help booked her flight. However, when she reached the customs area in Moscow International Airport. She was asked to present 2560.00USD to show she is able to return Russia on her own. This is a woman that makes about 170.00USD monthly! She has asked for my help, since we have been talking about music and places she can visit to get insight to modern and classical music here in America. She sent me this document. However I do not read Russian, though I do see where it list the 2560.00USD. Can anyone liberate on this or point me in the right direction on how real this is and why Russian Customs is asking to show money. I have travel a lot, but never had to show money to any customs. Thank you to any and all that can assist me in finding answers. Thank you!

I do not know of any country that requires money to LEAVE. The country of intending travel may require proof of being able to pay for the trip, but that happens before the visa is issued. So if she only makes $170 per month how did she 1)apply for the visa in the first place, 2) show the US Embassy she could afford to make the trip, 3) pay for her travel to Moscow, and 4) purchase her airline tickets to come to tthe US? The document she sent does state a daily amount of $16.17 per day so for a six month stay they wanted to see the $2560, but she was only staying over the summer which is 3 months so the total amount would be half or $1280. Was the offical stamp on the document blue? I would demand that the document be scanned in color to see if she went to the detail of using a blue stamp--as blue is the only color recognized as an offical stamp I also find it interesting that she waited until she got to the airport in Moscow beore springing this. Now I bet she needs another airline ticket or at least a few hundred dollars to change the flight after receiving the money for "Russian Customs".

She is scamming you. Lick your wounds. Learn from this experience and move on.

Dave

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What is the gist of what it says?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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