He launched a webpage with information on the scammers to collect reports from other victims.
In the next step he found and contacted the Russian Embassy in Australia, numerous Russian based newspapers and then various Russian government agencies, including the much feared Russian Tax Police, sending them the scam details.
At first they used the real name of the wife (Anna Lazareva) to collect money but then moved into using names of other females to receive wire transfers from all over the world.
Other aliases were Alfia Magdeeva, Marina Chumachenko, Vasilisa Schelkonogova, Anna Porfireva, Olga Trophimova, and many others.34-year-old Yuri Lazarev made a set of photos of his wife Anna and was posting them at large Internet personals.
Scammers then initiated correspondence with men pretending to be a single Russian girl looking for a serious relationship.