Where do all these Russian brides come from anyway?

Graham Cluley

Regular readers of the Clu-blog will know that recently I have been receiving a number of invitations from Eastern European women hoping to make friends with me.

Natalya and Oksana didn’t tell me how old they were, but from their photographs they look like they could be in their twenties. Evgeniya was more helpful, telling me she was 28 years old – which is probably still a bit young for me these days.

Now I’ve been contacted by Elena, a 27-year-old blonde, from some mystery land far away. None of the women have been forthcoming in revealing where in the world they are based, but I’m assuming Russia.

Much as I would love to imagine it were true, I somehow think it’s unlikely that they’ve all suddenly taken a shine to hitching up with a computer security dude.

Scams like this rely on tricking someone vulnerable into…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.