"This sordid business has recently seen a rapid growth in our country, with a great number of fake sites appearing on the web."People are striving to find their 'other half' and these crooks are like parasites on their feelings and hopes. He had certain hopes which were ruined in the lowest way." Another photograph used by the scammers was that of the Russian singer Alsou, the daughter of a wealthy oil tycoon, who has a penthouse in London and is also happily married.Her pictures were simply ripped off and she was dubbed "Anna Safina".And a third is a glamorous 23-year-old who calls herself "Anna Safina".In an email to one British man, Anna wrote: "I wish I could be with you.
When they were asked to send money, which the women claimed was needed for British visas or to buy tickets for travel to Britain, the men readily agreed.One 45-year-old from London, who wanted to remain anonymous, explained how he fell into the trap."I met a woman through the internet.She had a lovely photo, which I now know was taken from a modelling agency brochure.No other business pays as well in this grim backwater.Volochkova herself, who left the Bolshoi Ballet in 2003, is now happily married in Moscow and horrified at her pictures being used by the scammers. Fantasy: Glamorous 23-year-old 'Anna Safina' promises 'to do everything to make you feel good'.