Hi i am new here and looking for advice, i have been to ukraine around 9 times but before the troubles started, i have been chatting to a lady online via private email, seen her photo holding my name, but the problem is she lives in Lugansk.
Lugansk is a closed city in the conflict zone, this lady has not a valid passport, she has to pay a fixer to do her documents to get an international passport, in every war is corruption !
Has anyone been in a similar situation ? can this be true, i know its a high potential of being a scam but devil i do or devil i don't, i don't want sit at home in five years thinking if i have lost her.
Iíve been to Lugansk, but before the conflict as well. It was the scam capitol of Ukraine, but I think Nikolayev has taken the title.
The only person that I know of, that has been in and out of the area is Tom Shea. He married a girl and has helped her parents get in and out to visit.
What the scammers did all those years ago, once Lugansk had earned such a notorious reputation, they listed in their profiles that they were from a place that most of us would have never heard of but when one studied a map these places would be outlying villages of Lugansk.
I had a update, the price for someone to sort out her passport and arrange safe passage out of Luhansk is $1500,
its a lot of money, she said her friend had a passport sorted this way and now living in USA, sounds like a scam but she has not lied to me yet
$1,500 is a ridiculous amount of money for a passport and just the way you word it, to the effect that her friend paid $1,500 and now lives in USA ... It doesn't just smell, it stinks!
Even if genuine $1,500 would just be the tip of the iceberg, her friend didn't just pay $1,500 to live in USA, how about future meetings in UA for the two of you, how about her fiancee visa interview at the US embassy in Kiev, then her international travel to get to US, paying $$$ for safe passage for these also, and the etc's just go on and on.
I'd walk away now, don't allow yourself to fall in love with a photo.
There is no embargo on passports for Ukrainian citizens in the occupied regions including Crimea. Until you meet her in Ukraine, don't even think about a passport problem. Call a Ukrainian Consulate in your country and they will tell you where she can get a biometric passport which will give free access to European Union. A Ukraine Passport is only fractional in cost to a U.S. $100 passport. Get you facts straight to check her story. If you meet her in a stable city like Kiev or Kharkov, she can apply herself for a passport and that would be chump change for anyone from the west. She would have to return to that city again is a month or two to get the passport. So you could use that to check her willingness to meet you multiple times and go through the bus or train trip. Any resistance, leave skid marks.
These are costs for foreign passport for Ukrainian citizen:
new bio-metric passport of a citizen of Ukraine for traveling abroad, its issuance by local immigration offices costs UAH 557.32 for regular (20 working days) and UAH 810.32 for urgent (7 working days) processing. Add 400uah if using Gotovo office for faster service to submit documents.
$1,500 is a ridiculous amount of money, but others fell for a lot more, for other things. People got on my case for sending $200 for a passport. I knew it wasn't that much. I paid $125 for mine. It should be less in a country with a lower standard of living.
IF you have fallen for more than the "ridiculous amount", you shouldn't act like you know what you are doing and call others names for not agreeing in following your ways.