They used photos of Anna to lure men, and female acquaintances to collect wire transfers.
After receiving money, the gang would stop correspondence.It is believed that the gang, based in Chelyabinsk, Russia, were some of the first dating scammers that used Internet personals to rip off men seeking serious relationship and marriage with Russian women.Terry did not know that it was his letter to the President that initiated the investigation until he was contacted and informed of it by a journalist for Sydney's Sunday Herald, who had received the details from Moscow after the criminals had been arrested.The scammer gang Terry encountered was started by a husband and a wife, Yuri and Anna Lazarev, Russian citizens.But unlike many other men, Terry not only sent a warning to others but wanted to do more and so continued tracking down the criminals determined to have them prosecuted.
He launched a webpage with information on the scammers to collect reports from other victims.I actually went to a bit of trouble and took my complaint to the very top and there has been a recent development in that story.It looks like I am going to have the last laugh."When I said I went right to the top with a complaint about a Russian scammer, that is exactly what I did, the very top.A telephone interview with Terry was published in the Sunday issue along with details they received from Moscow, and initiated another wave of talks about Internet marriage scams in Australia.But according to Terry, that was not the whole story."In the past, I have written to the Prime Minister, Immigration Minister and various talk back radio programs in Sydney, recommending that we encourage increased migration from Russia and Ukraine as it my opinion that your people assimilate very easily and become highly productive, decent, loyal assets to this country, unlike many migrants from other areas.