The Psychic and His Russian Girlfriend
I was in a meeting where a psychic (who looked remarkable like Uriah Heep the obsequious and ‘ever so umble’ clerk from Dicken’s David Copperfield) was giving a talk.
He started his lecture by saying he was going to talk about ‘Trust’. He then proceeded to tell us that his Russian Girlfriend was arriving tomorrow from Moscow. He had met her on the internet and their romance had blossomed during numerous emails and letters.
He was clearly madly in love and couldn’t believe his luck in attracting such a beautiful Russian girlfriend. He also told us that he had paid £5000 as a bond to cover her 14-day stay in this country and sent money for clothes so that she could look lovely when they met. So the reason his talk was about Trust was because he trusted that she would arrive tomorrow. He also said that the next time we saw him he would be able to confirm that his trust had indeed been well placed by bringing her along to meet us all.
At this point I just fell about laughing, real belly laughs, since I could not believe that the story he was telling us was true. I thought he was joking. And then after a few minutes of stomach holding laughter I looked up at him and realised that he believed that a beautiful Russian woman would be joining him tomorrow.
Naturally taken aback by my laughter when I had calmed down he said ‘well she is a lot younger than you’, to which I retorted ‘yes but at least I exist’.
That evening, feeling a bit guilty about my reaction, I Googled ‘Russian Girlfriend Scam’. Straightaway just by using those key words, thousands of pages popped up. These pages comprehensively explained how the scams work, down to the standard letters that are used and at what intervals. They also outlined how men are ‘hooked’ into believing that they are talking to a beautiful Russian woman in a photo, when in fact they are probably talking to men or women who take it in shifts to reply to hundreds of potential victims in internet cafes or pokey offices.
The letters said wonderful (if standard) things about the men who were to receive them with only the introduction and ending being adjusted to tailor the letter to the recipient. It is a long drawn out process based on keeping as many men as possible ‘on the line’ for as long as possible. Then in anticipation of meeting the Russian beauty they start to respond to requests for money for visas, bonds, gifts and clothes.
One of the reasons that I spotted this so quickly was because I had come across the Nigerian dating scams before, myself.
As luck would have it I came across the psychic the following week at another meeting. It was clear that he was not pleased to see me particularly since there was no Russian girlfriend at his side. However unperturbed he started to give a talk about ‘Intuition’ and told us all (a completely different group of people) what had happened over the previous week.
Apparently his Russian girlfriend had got to the airport and was carrying Russian artifacts, which had been impounded by the Russian authorities and she had been arrested. Guess what? She needed £3000 to pay the fine.
Unfortunately he had sent her all his money to pay for the bond and the new clothes. He had no more money to send. Then he remembered that he had not completed the financial dealings with his ex wife. He called her and got her to agree that she would give him the money he needed to send to Russia by way of a final settlement.
He sat there and told us all that his girlfriend had now gone back to her village and that he would be starting the process of arranging to meet up with her again very shortly……
So much for trust, intuition and psychic powers.
If you continually find yourself in dramatic types of relationship or no relationships at all because of sex addiction, the quest for ‘fun, the non relationship of obsession or dating scams you might find that this book offers you some other options and will give you the skills to make some different choices in the future.
Now I want to look at romantic love which is the next step up on the Continuum of Love.
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