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Virtual brides' from Yoshkar-Ola have cheated foreigners out of seven thousand dollars.

• Date: Jan 4, 2011 • Source: http://vz.ru/search

In Yoshkar-Ola 18 people were detained and suspected of embezzling about seven thousand dollars from the citizens of Canada and Australia, who had looked for brides from Russia via the Net”, told the press service of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Mari El.

So-called scammers (swindlers, who swindle money from people on dating sites wishing to start a serious relationship - note.) especially rented three apartments and installed several computers in each of them for a virtual communication with their potential victims, according to Interfax.

"Every day the young people on behalf of the beautiful ladies, who wanted to find a life partner came here and started an Internet Dating", said in the statement. During the investigation and search operations the staff of the department "K" with the support of the special police squad of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Mari El detained 18 people.

They confiscated 18 items of computer equipment, cell phones, iPods and other objects and documents that indicate their involvement in criminal activity.

"It was established that the victims of “the Mari brides” had become a Canadian citizen and a citizen of Australia. During their correspondence with them, Mari scammers swindled about 7 thousand dollars from them", said the press-service.

Most of the suspects have pleaded guilty. At present a criminal case is being initiated under Part 2 of article 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud committed by a group of persons by prior agreement). Other episodes of criminal activity were established as well.

This is the third criminal case against the scammers, which is being investigated in Mari El.

We previously reported the conviction of two members of the criminal gangs of marriage scams - scammers who had swindled money from the citizens of the United States and Canada.