I engaged in a ‘Russian romance scam’ for 101 days, 74 emails.
She is Anzhelika, a ‘preparer of documents on real estate.’
I am Jacquie, a teenage girl.
This is the beginning of a beautiful, blossoming relationship.

“I decided to get acquainted with a man in the agency of acquaintances.” – Anzhelika

Date: 09/12/15 – 19:03

Hello! How are you?  I’m Anjelica. I am have finding your e-mail in datings service
and they said, that you are unnamedlooking for second half. I am clever, educated, kind, careful and sympathetic girl and certainly. I am will describe myself more in the following message to you if you have interest.

I think that you can see my pic in this message, and are you like it?

Please sent me your picture too, I am will waiting.

Have a good day, Angelika.

Date:  9/18/15 – 00:16

Hi Angelika,

You are so beautiful. I am so glad you found me. I really think we could get along. Is it ok if I am a girl? Or are you only interested in men? Where do you live? Please respond back, I’d love to talk to you.


Date:  09/23/15 – 03:13

Hello, it’s Anzhelika!!!!

How your affairs? Forgive me that so long did not write to you. I had problems with my working computer. I do not understand what has occurred, but as I have understood that that that has broken in system in my computer. At our office, not so new computers because the management would regret money what to buy, and put new that there would be no such problems.

We have a master which day off is engaged in maintenance service of computers, but I have informed on it the to the chief, that my computer is faulty. I had to wait for the master all the day long. Therefore I could not write to you at once. I hope that you do not become angry about me, that I write you this short letter.

Date: 9/23/15 – 09:47


Don’t worry so much! I’m not mad. I was just worried that you were not interested anymore. I’m so happy I got your message, even if it was really incredibly short.

What’s your job? Your Master sounds like an asshole! They should provide you with better computers (especially so you can write me more, hehe). I just buy a new MacBook every time I experience a problem. Sometimes that’s annoying because there can be the loooongest lines at the store, so I just hire someone to wait in line for me.

xoxo, Jacquie

Date: 9/25/15 – 03:14

Hello!!! How are you doing? Again I Anzhelika.

Last night I wished to look the letter from you, but my laptop of the house has broken. It very old and to repair is not subject. I plan to buy the new laptop when I will receive the salary. I work every day, except Sunday. On Sunday cannot see your letters. I work in the official body which is engaged in preparation of documents on objects of real estate.  I like my work very much. I work behind the computer much.


The first Google result for Ishimbay

I have a higher education. I have finished training at economic faculty of Salavatsky Institute of Economy and Management on a speciality of the state and municipal management. I live in the city of Ishimbay, it is located in the Republic of Bashkortostan. You can see my city on the Internet. Distance from Ishimbay to a city of Moscow about 1500 kilometres. Have you ever been to Russia?

When I decided to get acquainted with a man in the agency of acquaintances, I examined many profiles of men. But I have written the letter only to you. It is difficult to me to explain my choice. Possibly my heart has prompted that I should write the letter to you. I have got used to trust the heart. I did not scare the age difference. For me – it is important that a man was kind, helpful and that he knew how to apply correctly to a woman. I accurate also love cleanliness and for me it is important, to be always well-groomed and to be in the good form.

Your life is interesting to me. Please, do not forget to answer my questions. you are engaged at leisure? You like sports? You like to prepare a dish? I should continue to work now. Thanks for your attention.

I hope, that my letter was not boring for you. I wish you good day and good mood!!!!



Date: 9/26/15 – 05:56

Hello, it’s me again Anzhelika 🙂

Now I decided to write you a little bit, because I have not yet received your letter.

I am very interested to know about you, as I did not when I did not communicate with a man from another country. I understand that we have different mentalities, but I am confident that we will not be difficult to communicate. I studied English language courses. I’m sorry if my writing a lot of mistakes. I hope you understand my English. I look forward to wait for your letter, and do not forget to send your photo.

Your friend Anzhelika

Date: 9/28/15 – 15:50


I went to a wedding and camping over the weekend. It was so romantic and made me think of you. But I did not have the computer or Internet, so I am sorry about the late response.

lolita 280rask280I have been to Russia many times, actually! I used to be obsessed with Russian literature back in my depressed, suicidal, violent days. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is such a quirky tale. I always thought people were too hard on Rodka – those old bitches deserved it. and Nabakov – he is Russian too! Did you ever read or watch his romcom – “Lolita”? It’s so heartbreakingly hilarious. I always thought Dolores was a little too old for Humbert Humbert.  Russia is a beautiful country. What is your address? I wonder if I have passed your house before.

I loved catching up on all of your emails. However, I am a little worried. Your email said you wanted to “get acquainted with a man in the agency of acquaintances.” I am confused because I am not a man. In my first email, I asked if you were interested in dating girls too. Is this true? If so, I am very sad and disappointed but understand if these emails were intended for somebody else.

Please respond back if you are still interested.


Date: 9/29/15 – 05:05


I am very glad that you have answered me! Russia, Republic of Bashkortostan, the city Ishimbay, Titova Street Building 33, Apartment 13!

It is pleasant to me to read your letter. When I write you the letter, I would like to tell to you about everything that occurs in my life. But I very modest and I do not know what to ask you, tell to me more about myself. It is a pity, that between us distance. I cannot assume on what we distance at all.

What season is pleasant to you? I adore summer! In the summer many inhabitants of our city have a rest on a beach. It is a pity, that in Russia the summer lasts only three months. I like productive leisure on nature. You prefer what kind of rest? In what city you live? I can study it on the Internet. If we lived nearby could meet in cafe and talk infinitely. I sincerely hope That you support my dreams. I hope, that sometime ours with you dreams will be carried out. You have a dream? I have hobby, I collect culinary recipes of the various countries. Since the childhood, I spent much time on kitchen together with my mum and now my mum is proud of me.

In your city there are Russian cuisine restaurants? I will be glad to acquaint you with a Russian cuisine in the future. I am assured, that you will not refuse my tasty dishes 🙂 I try to check up mine email every day when I work. Be assured, that always I will answer your letter as soon as possible. I hope these photos to you will like, as I very much wait your photos! I with impatience will wait to read your new letter.

I wish you good mood!!!


Date: 09/29/15 – 22:47


I would love to answer all of your questions and get to know you… but you still have not answered my question. I think you have mistaken my identity, as you said you were seeking out a man. I am a woman. Are you not interested in me? I’m not sure if you have the wrong email address or if you would still like to keep talking.

Xoxo Jacquie.

Date: 09/30:15 – 04:04

Hello Jacque, at you very beautiful name!

I answered your question, if you think that there is no repeat them for me! How are you? At you good mood?

In the mornings I drink coffee or tea and I read your letters. I not always can answer you at once. Soon I will buy the new laptop and to a smog to make Skype and we can have dialogue in real time. I think of you all the day long and I think of your answer to my letter.

It is a pity, that between us the big distance. If you not against, I continue to tell about the life and to ask about your life. I wish to tell about my family. To my mum of 58 years, already on pension. As I have sister, the husband and a charming daughter. My father has died 6 years ago. It was a hard time for our family. I love the family. We often meet all family behind one table.

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 4.10.40 PMYou are pleasant like cinema? What films like you? I cannot forget remarkable films “Walk To Remember”, “VANILLA SKY”. I like different genres, but most of all I prefer romantic films about love, with good end of a film. Mostly I like classical music, but sometimes I listen to modern music. I really like Sting and his songs.

I like to cook food. What most popular dish in your country? Here very various kitchen. I think national dishes in Russia are cutlets, pelmeni, borsh. In Russia soups are very popular. I am assured, that you will like dishes from a Russian cuisine. As to my preferences in food. I like different food and I often prepare different dishes. I like salads from vegetables and as fruit salads.

Jacque, you have a phone number with which it is possible to do international calls? I have mobile, my number +7 8(937) 512-____, but I cannot do and accept international calls. I wish to buy one more phone in the future. I hope I will buy it soon, probably we can have conversation with you by phone. If you tell to me a phone number, I will call to you from public phone in the future. I think, that we with you can understand each other in our conversation by phone. When I will plan to call you, I will inform you.

Our countries have different mentality. You agree with me? All of us people and I will understand you, but we belong to different cultures. Some things, I probably, do not know. I will be very glad to hear it from you. Your letters help me to present your world better. Please, send the photos if you can. I will always answer your letters. Today I have written you the big letter, now I should return to work. I send you my photos and very much I hope to you it it is pleasant.



Chapter 1  Summary

She is Anzhelika Kotova:

  • A single 33 year old woman living in Ishimbay, Russia.
  • She works in the “preparation of documents on objects of real estate.”
  • Her mother is already on pension at 58, she has a sister, and her father is dead. They often meet behind one table.
  • She has “decided to get acquainted with a man in the agency of acquaintances” and “it is important that a man was kind, helpful and that he knew how to apply correctly to a woman.”
  • She cannot forget remarkable films “Walk To Remember”, “VANILLA SKY” and she likes to collect culinary recipes.

I have created the alias Jacqueline (‘Jacquie’):

  • She thinks Lolita was too old for Humbert Humbert, and “those bitches deserved it” in Crime & Punishment.
  • She alludes to being wealthy, because she hires people to wait in line at the Apple store for her.
  • She keeps pressing Anzhelika, asking if it’s ok she is a woman (Anzhelika’s copy-paste responses always refer to men).

Read Chapter 2, or these other dope posts!


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