At first they used the real name of the wife (Anna Lazareva) to collect money but then moved into using names of other females to receive wire transfers from all over the world.
Other aliases were Alfia Magdeeva, Marina Chumachenko, Vasilisa Schelkonogova, Anna Porfireva, Olga Trophimova, and many others.34-year-old Yuri Lazarev made a set of photos of his wife Anna and was posting them at large Internet personals.
The scammer gang Terry encountered was started by a husband and a wife, Yuri and Anna Lazarev, Russian citizens.
They used photos of Anna to lure men, and female acquaintances to collect wire transfers.
He launched a webpage with information on the scammers to collect reports from other victims.
Terry continues to have a very high opinion of Russian women and Russians in general, and opposes often applied media stereotypes of Russian women on the Internet, being only gold-diggers and scammers etc.
"I have commented on similar print stories in the past.
I have asked them why they only enjoy labeling and stereotyping Russian and Filipino women on the Internet as all being "mail order brides", immigration scammers, prostitutes, likely slaves, gold diggers or only escaping poverty etc - and not all the Australian women who do the same thing.
Scammers then initiated correspondence with men pretending to be a single Russian girl looking for a serious relationship.
The plot was a 27-year old virgin who wanted to wait until she finds the right man.