If they have known that, they would probably never loose their money. Do you want me to send you information about the scammer I am corresponding with?
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Most importantly, there is no need for a Western Union sting operation.
If police investigates the case, the scammers' passport information will be requested from Western Union records.
If you cannot find a human translator who would translate you letter to police for free, then please send an letter in your native language, plus a computer translation of your letter. Address where to send the letter and the evidence: MVD of Russian Federation, "OTDEL K" Zhitnaya ul. 16 Moscow Russia "Otdel K" is a specialized division of Russian police that deals specifically with computer crimes. If you did not send any money, no crime was committed, so no prosecution will follow. Mainly, because there is no reason to Russian police to get involved - unless there is an ongoing criminal case against the scammer AND the judge issued a warrant.
Their phone numbers: 7 (495) 222-34-01; 7 (495) 222-46-16. Police will merely file this information away in some database. You can't point fingers at Russian citizen standing in line at the Western Union office and ask them to be arrested simply because you desire to see them in jail.
Western Union sting operations may sound to you like the best way to catch the scammers! Russian police has no legal ground to arrest anyone based only on your accusation. Police need to review the complaint and decide whether to open an investigation.
Sufficient investigative research would need to be performed to ensure that a crime indeed was committed.
Drag your conversation with the scammer along for long enough to get the scammers' last name information.The scammer can then install malware or access sensitive information.In some variations the scammer persuades the victim to pay for unnecessary or fictitious antivirus software or software updates.Police will then decide what to do with the obtained information.They may visit the scammer and have a talk, they may put him or her under surveillance for a while to find out whether there are other members of the scam group that can be located via surveillance, they may put a tap on the scammer's phone, etc.