Emma, a 28-year-old lawyer, went to Moscow on a six-month tenure, attracted, she said, by “the offer of an adventure”.She was keen to escape what she describes as “the claustrophobia” of London and the small professional world she lived in. “There was a sense that you could get away with bad behaviour in Moscow.New Yorker Deidre Dare, 45, was sacked from her lucrative legal job in Moscow for “gross misconduct” after writing an erotic internet novel, Expat, while on secondment in the Russian capital, eschewing her real name, Deidre Clark, for a racier nom de plume.
They pretend to be the foreign specialists working in Nigeria or Ghana (usually originally from US and UK, but it may also be Canada, Australia or any other European country).
There are also military scams (for God Sake, there are NO American Generals browsing dating sites and NO military man will EVER ask you for money.
Then there is a recovery scam - a scammer recontacting you pretending to be FBI, EFCC or any other authority, telling he can help you recover your money... And finaly there is a "stuck parcel" scam, when they supposedly sent you goods/gifts, but they got stuck somewhere on the way (for example, on the customs) and you have to pay to "customs" or some bogus shipping company to get them.
It goes pretty much without saying that things are at their most extreme in Moscow, where everything is at its most extreme. These two key factors make Moscow a prime location for disguising (and, indeed, fuelling) any expat’s incipient alcoholism and for finding all sorts of warming things to do after a stressful day at work, cuddling up to the nearest available person being only the most obvious.
Firstly, one has to look at the blindingly obvious. The bars of all the Moscow hotels are full of jaw-droppingly beautiful women in furs, keen to befriend besuited Westerners for a large fee.
It was a matter of pride for these men to turn up at the next day’s early meeting on an hour’s drunken sleep, call the wife and have a beer at lunch to steady the shakes.