Personal Due Diligence Case Study – “The Digital Girl”   3 comments

the_digital_girl_for_web1A businessman encountered this “girl” on the Internet and developed what he believed to be a sincere friendship with her. She told him things were not going well for her in Russia, and asked him for money.

He ended up sending her over $10,000. Then certain aspects of her behavior made him suspicious, and he contacted RADA.

At his request, a personal due diligence investigation was conducted. A check of Russian databases showed that no person with her name (she had provided a copy of a “passport”) resided where she said she did. The street exists, but the exact address could not be located.

This was confirmed with an on site visit, using the photographs she had provided. No one living near the address recognized her name or face.

An examination of the headers of the emails suggested that “she” was emailing from  Poland and Slovenia (often on the same day), but never from Russia.

But what about the money? The bank account exists-in a bank in Moscow, but the account holder’s name is nothing like the name the girl provided; in fact, the account holder is a man!

The Russian authorities are conducting an investigation, but, since the money was freely transferred, it is not clear what the outcome will be, and the businessman is understandably disappointed.

Incidents such as this are by no means confined to Russia, and there are just as many fraudulent “digital boys” as “digital girls” out there to trap the unwary.

3 responses to “Personal Due Diligence Case Study – “The Digital Girl”

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  1. I don’t know who was more stupid: If the business man for sending the money, or the girl for not asking for 25,000 from this dumbass!!! GO RUSSIA!!!! and fuck dirty-desperate fuckin bastards.

  2. well, Well unbeleveable I was writing a girl from Russia and she also asked for money, at that point I had my brother write her back and tell her I had been killed in a car crash,Next she wanted money from him.

  3. I saw Chris Hanson do a study on credit card fraud and some old crappy 60 year old dude thought that a 24 year old beautiful girl from Europe was in love with him and he was sending her all of the stolen stuff on his dime. Some people are stupid. I agree with the first poster. She/He should have gotten the guy for even more money. If you think Russia cares about a 1000 dollar donation to a Russian you are crazy.

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