Report: #817574

Complaint Review:

  • Submitted: Tue, January 03, 2012
  • Updated: Sun, June 17, 2012
  • Reported By: Fernando — Thousand Oaks California United States of America
    United States of America Totally and blatantly scammed by AnastasiaDate Internet Dating Site/ Ukranian girl never available to contact directly Moscow, Internet

*General Comment: anastasiadate not in compliance

*Consumer Comment: is Scam and Fraud: Plain and Simple And Thank You For Saying So

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I am someone who read all of the scam reports listed here in ripoff report and have been inspired, so to speak, to write
my own bad experience with this ukranian international "dating site". My report might seem a little long but it is because
I don't want any details to be left out and I think it will pay off in the end if you are serious about dating russian/
or former USSR women and knowing about this specific agency.

It all started when I was internet searching for music videos and on one banner I saw there were russian ladies wanting
to marry american or foreign men. I didn't even click the banner at that time but years later I was looking for dating sites and decided to research more on russian women and among all the russian dating sites I decided to give it a shot with given that they said they had strict policies and everything because of all the scams circulating on the internet with russian mail order brides. I started using, I browsed and browsed women in russia, ukraine and moldovaon that site, and also read all the tips and information about russian women that Elena gives on her site and how not to get scammed, but in the end I got taken away by the bright colors and flashy pictures they had at anastasia's
thingking that perhaps it was a more professional and serious agency given that they had standarized the way women uploaded
their photos, videos and profiles through their agency.

And so there I was again, browsing more and more profiles of beautiful women in the Ukraine, which is the country where
most of the profiles come in this site as you may already know. I found a very alluring lady named Olga, white skin,
black hair,  hazel eyes from Nikolaev, who I thought was just my type, based on the search engine results.

I started writing to her, even though I had already recieved dozens of emails from other beautiful women in my inbox. (I opened a new account about 1 year ago and the same situation, hoards of  beautiful ladies flooding my inbox) And so it happened that apparently she liked what I wrote and my profile as well, she replied with a very nice letter saying she'd like to know me, she had a very excited tone and seemed with a very good outlook. So I decided to continue exchanging letters with her. That was exactly in June of 2007 when I started contacting her and then continued for several months.
While I was dating her, there were dozens and dozens of new ladies writing all the time. I read several letters of ladies who were
quite stunning but in the end I only addressed Olga since corresponding to several of these ladies would imply spending
$50 more each month or even more if I got carried away.
At one moment it seemed ridiculous the amount of other beautiful women interested in me, they were mostly model type girls, tall supermodel type of girls and the like. I was living someplace else at the  time, and there I didn't have many options for dates so I rationalized it just as a cultural difference between countries.
Olga seemed like a very nice and romantic type of lady. Most of her letters were very emotional, romantic and I started thinking that I could fall in love with a lady like her, that she could be "the one".
I wrote her letters like once or twice a week and decided I was OK just writing to her since things seemed to be going well.
We talked about many things in our letters, I told her almost all about me and my family, work and things I was doing and she used to tell me about her dreams, her family, her activities and many wonderful things. It all seemed as she was sent from heaven for me but the sad truth would soon come into light.
About 6 months later I sent her some roses for a christmas gift and a bottle of champaigne. They sent me a photograph of her holding the gift, so that gave me more trust with the dating agency.
I sent her my home address and email address in the little note they were supposed to give her with the gift and it was for her to send me a post card from Ukraine as we had discussed in a previous letter.
I never recieved the post card despite the fact she told me she had sent it already and giving me the excuse that it might have gotten lost in the mail.
I didn't fully believe that could have happened but I continued exchanging emails with her in Feb 2008 when she told me that she wanted to be my Valentine. I got very excited and wrote her another letter and also bought her another gift through anastasiaweb. And so, I continued my communication with this lady (or an agent at anastasias, who knows?
in the end..) until she had her birthday, and  I decided to call her with the interpreter at Anastasias as her birthday gift and also to be able to try it out without a  mediator.

The translation service price seemed a bit high yet I thought she was worth spending this money and more so it was her birthday.
I spent around 5 minutes waiting after they said that she was going to answer the phone and that they were connecting the call, so I finally hung up and called again around 5 minutes later, another agent , said that there was no problem, that they would
try to contact her again. Again nothing happened and the agent came back telling me that it wasn't possible to contact her because apparently she wasn't available >for some lameass excuse.
It seemed ridiculous that she didn't have a cell phone they could call in case they couldn't contact her house/apt.
So what I did then was to write her another email congratulating her for her birthday but I wasn't very motivated after what happened.

Something seemed really fishy and the thing was that I had also been investigating more about dating scams through the
Internet. I had recently found a site called which depicted many cases of scams and had reviews on many popular russian dating sites which were mostly schemes to get men in an endless loop of writing letters and spending credits on their sites.

I got really mad and started suspecting that I might be another victim of one of these unscrupulous dating schemes too. So after
I wasn't able to reach her on the phone I was almost sure that something was up.
I recieved another letter from the girl as a reply to my birthday letter, in it was an excuse for not being there when I called
apparently because she had gone on a trip in a city nearby with her friends so I thought that it could be a fair excuse and thought
that I might try to call her again.

Next, I called 1 or a couple of days later to congratulate her personally still with a little hope left in me to finally be able
to talk to her. As you might expect, the call never went through, they were never able to contact the girl and so went my hopes of Olga being a real person.

I got so discouraged that I wrote a last letter to Olga or Anastasia's agents, in any case, a letter stating that I had discovered the plot against me and that her not answering the phone was a clear sign that  there was something fishy going on and some other things of what I thought about the situation. I also told her about the postcard which never arrived and that if she was really who she said she was that she'd contact me through my real email address or send me a letter through the mail, that I wouldn't open a single letter from her or anyone in anastasia anymore.

And guess what happened, again, she sent a reply through Anastasia's system which I never opened. I still had a whole bunch of credits ready to be spend with this lady but after all that had happened what I did was call customer service to get my credits refunded.

To my surprise they already knew what was going on, most likely they recieved a notification or sth through one of the translators about what I wrote on the last letter, and they asked if I wanted to get a refund for the remaining credits. I said yes and the agent informed me that they would delete my profile as well. It was immediately removed from their system along with all the letters I had exchanged with Olga.

The day after I recieved an email with the confirmation from them that my account had been cancelled. It also stated a reason for cancellation or Notes section which said : PERSONA NON-GRATA Which I found to be very offensive and mostly cinical of their part after all the money I had given them,  in the end just for false illusions.

It is sad to know that this site continues operating unpunished and ripping all these men off, men who fall with their false promises and fake reputation.
I also have a ukranian friend whom I met through a ukranian language learning site and he advised that searching for a wife in one of these sites is like searching for a needle in a hay stack, it's just too difficult to find her. In both ways I believe, given that the agency is fraudulent and won't let you reach your chosen lady until they've exploited you enough(watch movie Derailed with Jennifer Aniston to have an idea of how conartist operate) and in the case that they were real women and really wanted to meet a husband, it would be very difficult to find the right partner for you given the universe of factors involved for a relationship to flourish.

Through my own research I also learned that there are websites which reclute all these russian women for them to lure new bachelors to these fraudulent dating sites and by keeping these men entertained with  the letters they write they get commissions. I also read an ad in which an agency calls young attractive women to attend a meeting where many
foreign bachelors will go and it has a mock in it which said something like "These stupid americans think we want to marry them..."
It really enfuriates me to know that these people are conducting this "business" in which they decieve people by claiming to be true and claiming to be against scammers and scamming agencies and the way they just throw you away when you are no longer profitable( when you discover their lies). It also enfuriates me having been played in this way by professional con artists.
And even if you got all the money you spent with them back, who is going to compensate you for the time wasted in the woman and also for the feelings you spent with her? In addition, you are left with emotional damage and frustration. You can not even sue or get back to them b/c they are an online organization who would be very difficult to find in the real world and would have to spend a lot of money to be able to find them and get them behind bars.

Watch youtube videos with information on the subject of dating russian women which might be really disappointing and
sad for someone who is really interested in marrying a russian lady but which show you stories of people who have been involved in such scams and also show how bankrupt the dating scene might be in russia and the other former ussr countries like Ukraine.

I hope this testimony serves of help to anybody who is trying to get a russian wife for them to be very careful and alert.
Note that it is not my intention to disuade you completely from wanting a russian lady but for you to be careful with
fraudulent and inmoral agencies like these which also use fake testimonies , corrupt practices and fake policies in order to profit from you.

So my final advice is to get good at dating real women , there are also beautiful women wherever you live and it is not impossible to hook up with one of them if you put in the practice and work. Also look for dating coaches on the Internet, there is excellent advice out there for anyone willing to learn and get good with women and dating.
For me, trying to get married to a woman like the ones in Anastasias with that kind of system is like wanting to make easy money. There is no such thing, you have to put in the work and intelligence to make a living.
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#1 General Comment

anastasiadate not in compliance

AUTHOR: JohnrT - (United States of America)

This is just a short outline of what we will accept and what we do not in regards to ladies coming to our country of the United States of America! Any photos and any names associated to and or of, witnessed by or has done harm by committing any lewd act and gaining financially from this act is written below !

Applicants who aren't eligible for a visa include those who:
Have a communicable disease
Have a dangerous physical or mental disorder
Are drug addicts
Have committed serious criminal acts, including crimes involving moral turpitude, drug trafficking, and prostitution
Are likely to become a public charge
Have used fraud or other illegal means to enter the United States
Are ineligible for citizenship

The need to prevent criminals from entering the US has been one of the longest standing parts of US immigration law. In some form or another, criminal convictions have been used to deny entry to the US since the creation of the country.

What is considered a criminal ground for inadmissibility?

There are six basic criminal grounds for inadmissibility:
Crimes involving moral turpitude,
Violations of controlled substance laws,
Conviction of more than one offense,
Drug trafficking,
Prostitution and commercialized vice, and
Commission of a serious crime in the US for which the immigrant asserted immunity from prosecution.

What is moral turpitude?

Moral turpitude is one of the most amorphous concepts in immigration law. There is no definition of moral turpitude, although many courts have attempted to construe one, using phrases such as an act of baseness, depravity or vileness. While there is no set definition, it is clear that the moral turpitude involved must be part of the essence of the offense. A crime involving moral turpitude need not have resulted in a conviction for it to render a person inadmissible, and admitting to an act that has the elements of a crime involving moral turpitude is sufficient to bar entry. Where an actual conviction occurred, the only issue is whether the offense was a crime involving moral turpitude. Where there is only an admission, a number of other steps are required. First, it must be clear that the act admitted to could have been criminally prosecuted in the place where it occurred. Second, the immigrant must fully understand the elements of the crime to which they have admitted. Third, while the immigrant needs to say that he/she is guilty of an offense, he/she does need to admit to all of the essential elements of the offense. Fourth, the admission must be totally voluntary.

What type of controlled substances violations will make me inadmissible?

Beginning in 1952, convictions for violating laws relating to controlled substances became a ground of inadmissibility. Convictions of conspiracy and attempt will also render a person inadmissible.

What type of multiple criminal convictions will make me inadmissible?

Multiple criminal convictions will make a person inadmissible, regardless of the seriousness of the offense, whether the multiple convictions were the result of the same general enterprise. However, the person must have been sentenced to at least five years in prison. Offenses that are considered purely political are not included.

Do I have to be convicted of drug trafficking to be considered inadmissible?

Drug traffickers are inadmissible, even if there is no conviction, so long as the consular or immigration officer knows or has reason to believe that the immigrant has been involved in trafficking.

Do I have to be convicted of prostitution to be considered inadmissible?

A person coming to the US to engage in prostitution, or who has engaged in prostitution within ten years of their application for entry, is inadmissible, as are those who have made financial profit from prostitution. No criminal conviction is required, and the bar applies even to nationals of countries where prostitution is legal. Those who have been forced into prostitution are not inadmissible.

What is considered to be a serious criminal offense?

Those who committed a serious criminal offense in the US, claimed immunity from prosecution and then left the US are inadmissible. A serious criminal offense is any crime of violence, and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or reckless driving if the crime resulted in the injury of another person.

The following is information in regards to the IMB, Anastasia date does not adhere to IMBA. Please read below and the underlined will show that they are not in compliance. There is never any signature or background check made on clients, the ladies are never furnished this information, this is why they do no allow them to release personal information from the ladies on their site. They as the agency are not following the IMBA, these ladies at anastasiadate do not know who they are meeting.

International Marriage Broker Defined

The definition of International Marriage Brokers in IMBRA covers virtually all for-profit matchmaking entities, whether U.S. based on not, whose main business is the facilitation of dating or like services between U.S. citizens and foreigners. The definition excludes matchmaking sites whose principal business in not providing dating services between U.S. residents and foreign clients and which charges like fees for its services regardless of the gender or national origin of the client.

International Marriage Broker Obligations

Before an IMB can release the personal contact information of a foreign client to a U.S. client, the IMB must: Important!!!! anastasiadate does not follow conduct!

Search the National Sex Offender Registry to determine the record of the U.S. citizen, and disclose any information found concerning the U.S. citizen to the foreign client

Obtain a signed statement from the U.S. citizen revealing any current or past protection or restraining order, most criminal arrests and convictions, virtually all arrest or convictions for domestic or sexual offenses, multiple convictions for substance and/or alcohol abuse, the U.S. client's marital history (including the reason for termination of any prior marriages), the ages of any of the U.S. citizen's children under the age of 18, and a list of all States and counties that the U.S. citizen has lived in since the client was 18 years of age.

Distribute to the foreign national a pamphlet currently being developed by the U.S. government to educate foreign fianc(e)s about U.S. domestic abuse laws and resources for immigrant victims in the U.S.; and

Obtain the foreign national's written consent to disclosing her personal contact information.

IMBRA and Initial Contact With the Fiancee

The background information must be provided before the foreign client's personal contact information may be released to the U.S. client. Additional information must be provided by the IMB to ensure that the foreign national is aware of his/her (for simplicity's sake, we will adopt the female gender henceforth for the beneficiary, and the male for the petitioner) immigrant rights in the U.S. and her ability to defend herself against domestic abuse. At the consular level, all K1 visa beneficiaries will be asked during the visa interview whether they became acquainted with their U.S. citizen fianc(e) through an IMB, and if so, whether the IMB complied with the various disclosure obligations of IMBRA.

K Visa Interview Changes

The U.S. consul must ask the fianc(e) during the Embassy/Consulate interview whether an IMB facilitated the couple's relationship, and if so, the consul must determine the name of the IMB and confirm that the IMB acted in accordance with the new requirements regarding information gathering and disclosure, as well as pamphlet dissemination.


The new rules will have a substantial impact on K1 petitioners who met through international marriage brokers. It should not affect petitioners who met though services like Yahoo! Personals which provide contact services with foreign nationals as an incidental part of their services. The fianc(e) will be asked in every instance whether she met her fiance through a matchmaking site. If she replies untruthfully and is found out (a very real possibility), she will be denied the visa and barred from ever receiving a U.S. visa of any kind. If she admits to the means of acquaintance, but can not convince the consular officer that the marriage agency provided her with the required disclosures, the visa may be refused.

For warn the agency is not in compliance at all or if so very little, their aim is not to make real relationships work, that develop to marriage, it is pure profit on their part. Stay away from the agency of this Anastasia date. Look at ones that offer what they fail to do! Check out They have statement that they do back ground checks in accordance with the IMBA act!

So yes, I would say stay away from this anastasiadate, they are not honest, I will have more information in regards to other things that they are having full knowledge of and are not, I repeat not in compliance of or have any morals either!

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#2 Consumer Comment is Scam and Fraud: Plain and Simple And Thank You For Saying So

AUTHOR: antianastasiadate - (USA)



We who have been on the site for several years have  seen the lies, the  scam, and seen the deception of and when we tell these  newbies and newcomers about it they FEEL they know more than us and when they get in hot water and get their backsides scammed then they realize that we were finally telling them the Truth.  I AM ANNOYED BY THIS GREATLY.

Point 1:  A serious prostitution situation has been going on for years with which in the past was known as and THEY DID NOTHING in the past and WILL DO NOTHING in the present.  YOU WANT PROOF.  Below is the proof from a guy who decided to file a class action lawsuit against in the past known then as  He wrote his own review on a site known as about this and about the prostitute named IRINA MATYUSHKINA found on who also had a profile: review on

"hi all after plenty of legal advice, i was unable to take anastasiwaeb to court because i never paid them money for letters and things, but i got suspicious with certain ladies on their site, so i hired a private detectives to work in russia and ukraine, we found out 7 of the 10 were in fact prostitutes, not as their job discriptions stipulate on their profile, which in europe and usa is a criminal offence it is false advertising.i found on internet a blog of a guy who dated for two years id 1080121 on anastasiaweb, he found out after they were going to marry that she to was a prostitute, he is taking irina matyushkina from berdyansk to court for his money he spent, letters, holidays, presents etc, i spoke to alexanda on anastasiaweb by e-mail about this, she claimed this guy did not give her the information required to
confronted her on this to date i have not had a reply, i have informed her that her e-mails will be sent to this guy, and i hope that a lawsuit will persue, his lawyers are in discussion with my lawyers at present, and the possibilities look good, PLEASE PEOPLE BE CAREFUL THINGS ARE NOT RIGHT WITH THIS AGENCY, THERE IS SOME THINGS THAT DO NOT SEEM RIGHT, AS SHOWN BY ALEXANDA IN HER E-MAIL SHE KNEW THAT IRINA MATYUSHKINA WAS A PROSTITUTE THEN ACCORDING TO THEIR SCAM POLICY WHY WAS SHE NOT REMOVED, ALL OTHER LADIES WERE GIVEN TO ANASTASIWEB ABOUT THEIR WAY OF LIFE TO DATE NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE, I HAVE REPORTED THEM TO THE FBI FOR FRAUD.


Point 2:  Here is what the owner of an antifraud site said (who will remain anonymous) and I quote:

"Well it's very simple. In America the legal system is based largely on how much money you have not on whether something is right or wrong.

Anastasia employ a large team of very expensive lawyers who are just waiting to pounce on anyone who tries to take them down. Most people simply do not have the money to bring an action against them and they are very good at covering their tracks.

I have had dealings with the owner of Anastasia in the past.  He claims of course that there is no wrong doing but the many reports over the years tell a different story and he is either being incredibly naive or trying to brush the reality under the carpet.

If you present  yourself as credible, get enough people to say good things about you and throw a lot of money at advertising then people will believe you are what you say you are. This is what Anastasia do. They have courted
relationships with the media to the point where people believe the hype.

Most people don't question what is put in front of them, especially if it's from what they perceive to be a trusted source such as their daily news paper or tv show. It's easier to stick the blinkers on and accept than to open your eyes and try to unravel the seedy truth of it all.

As far as the FBI are concerned, like any law enforcement they need to see hard evidence. Given that the majority of men who have been scammed are too embarrassed to come forward coupled with the somewhat ambiguous
nature of the international dating business, hard evidence is very hard to come by. What it needs is someone who has been ripped off, who is not afraid to come forward but more importantly someone who has kept meticulous records of every email, telephone conversation and correspondence and who will not be intimidated by Anastasia's legal heavies.  The day will come!

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