Not dating for years
The scammers employ English-speaking interpreters to impersonate both the lady and the translation company.
The good thing about the Translation Scams is that they are also very easy to detect with due diligence checks.
It is very possible that there could be 16 different Natalias Petrovas living in one town!
She may have nothing to do with a scammer who just happened to have the same first and last name.
Maybe you will find her picture posted online somewhere under a different name. Some victims have such a limited computer knowledge, that a thought of navigating a forum or anti-scam site seems intimidating to them.
If you are not very confident in your computer skills, or if you do not have alot of time to spend on the research,you can ask someone else to do this research for you, or you can hire our company to do this research: back to FAQs I looked at the black lists and I checked her name, and I did not find anything. Other scam victims continue to hold out hope that the loss of money is reversible, and the scammer will return the money one day, so they do not post anything on the Internet in order to avoid angering the scammer.
So, the fact that you do not see a person on a black list in no way means that this person is "real" or honest.
Or does it sound more like some disgruntled ex-penpal wenting off because she didnt appreciate his attention enough?
If the report presents some objective evidence of a scam, then you probably need to take it seriously and start verifying your ladys information as soon as possible. (we will refer to this person as "your lady" in our answer, for simplicity sake) Yes, it is possible that someone stole her pictures, but from our practice we can observe that if the ladys pictures are posted in a scam report, then further verification of her information tends to confirm that she is a scammer.
It is not uncommon for the Translation Scammers to use Travel Scam tricks as well, inviting the victim to help the lady financially with the arrangements for the personal meeting.
This type of scam is designed to last many months, since the scammers try to trick the victim into paying the translation services for as long as possible.