Better halves

The Lonely Person Abroad has been a staple of email spam almost as long as there’s been email spam, which is almost as long as there’s been email. I don’t get too many of these, and the few that get past the spam filter are quickly offloaded into the bit bucket, but for some reason, this one stayed my deletion finger for a few moments:

You know, they are so many people in the world, but some of them are alone, because they didn’t find their halfs yet, as it is so hard. If you are alone and want to find your love, you can write me and we’ll start communicating. I’m alone and looking for a good man, who will give me his love and care. Who knows, maybe we can fill up our lonely hearts with love.

This is signed by “Tanya L.” at a Russian domain you might recognize, though an inspection of the message header indicates it was sent from Turkey. And there remains a mystique about the Russian would-be bride, which I blame on Lara Antipova, who, to some of us anyway, bears a startling resemblance to Julie Christie.


  1. Tatyana »

    21 February 2013 · 11:18 am


    And who is Lara Antipova? And Julie Christie?

  2. Tatyana »

    21 February 2013 · 11:21 am

    Never mind, google enlightened me.
    Now I understand the sad, sad tragedy of cross-purpose expectations when Americans marry their Russian mail-brides.

  3. fillyjonk »

    21 February 2013 · 12:06 pm

    I get those e-mails periodically, for allegedly-Russian alleged-mail order brides. I’d be tempted to mail back and say, “Thanks for the offer, but that would not be permitted in the state where I live.”

    Of course, considering the amount of “member increasing” spam I get, I guess the bots don’t stop to check the sex of whom they are sending to.

  4. McGehee »

    21 February 2013 · 1:05 pm

    I think I’ve gotten that exact same email.

    You stay away from my Turkish Russian mail-order-bride spammer!

  5. nightfly »

    21 February 2013 · 1:56 pm

    Hm… Turkey with Russian? Was the message addressed to Reuben?

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