Nothing gets me more irritated than when I hear another person got scammed by “a researcher” in Ukraine or Russia.
Here’s the latest scam in Ukrainian research I learned about from a woman I’ll name Jessica: “Like many others, I fell for ******’s scam (though I wish I had done more research ahead of time, because I’m not the only one). **** has an extensive list on his website “*****************” It was during a set of years in which my great-grandfather was born. I found my great-grandfather on the list and contacted ****** about receiving the birth record, which he provided free of charge. Since I was looking for this birth record for over a year with no luck, I was thrilled to have finally found it and naturally, fell into ******’s trap of conducting paid research to investigate the line further. Before payment, ****** was extraordinarily responsive, emailing me at all hours and laying out a thorough plan. I will be honest, he does know his stuff, and that’s what makes it so easy to be swindled.”
“After payment, ***** sent a few emails: one that he couldn’t find a specific record I was looking for, but was checking a different area for it. The other email was to send records of individuals born in the same city I was researching with the same surname, though not the exact people I paid to find records of. He promised to work during the week and provide an update the following weekend. Since then, he has completely ghosted.***** does not respond to my emails and now I am working on filing various disputes/claims to get my money back.”
“Please be careful with researchers, especially the ones that seem too good to be true. Don’t let your emotions or excitement to ‘discover lost family’ get ahead of you. I believe the list my great-grandfather was on (among others) on ******’s website are there to lay a trap for people to fall into. I also believe he has an extensive collection of records that he’s scanned or photographed over the years, using them as a ‘ruse’ to provide semi-relevant updates to people who have paid for his services.”