They used photos of Anna to lure men, and female acquaintances to collect wire transfers.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.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.
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.
Scammers then initiated correspondence with men pretending to be a single Russian girl looking for a serious relationship.
"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.
I complained that it seems we only want people from there if they are athletes or coaches who can win us a few extra gold medals at the Olympics."In the year 2001-2002 Australia unfortunately only accepted 187 migrants of all classes from those two countries, - despite the fact that they have a combined, and highly educated, population exceeding 200 million."Those figures for the 2001 - 2002 are particularly annoying especially when one compares them with some other countries.
Later he was contacted by and questioned by the State and Federal Police in Australia on behalf of Russian investigators, soon the criminals were caught.
Terry was one of only 10 men who came forward to testify in the criminal case but it was his letter that made President Putin order an investigation.
In this same year we accepted 1,100 more migrants from Lebanon, ( of 6,000 from the Middle East ) which has a population of only 3.5 million, despite the fact that that community here having a 25% unemployment rate and a not small minority being very troublesome, particularly in Sydney, with clearly little interest in assimilating.
I wrote several times to Ministers regarding this disparity, I have not been able to get the immigration figures for the 2002 - 2003 period to compare, I hope they are much better than the previous year.
One could expect that after being scammed Terry would give up on Internet dating and particularly Russian women; quite the opposite.
He continued his search and is currently involved with a Ukrainian girl.
According to Chelyabinsk police, the group scammed more than 1,500 men and extorted more than 1,5 million US Dollars from them, in the period of 2000-2002.