Ukraine--Kiev--"Gold"? #general


Daniel Kazez <dkazez@...>
 

After posting a message to JewishGen, I have been solicited by
a person in Ukraine who stated that perhaps some of the people
on my family tree (>from Ukraine) had money and gold confiscated
during WWII. In particular, he wrote:

All information about victims that have been received as
result of use of author method is a private property. We can
send you information concerning each person indicated above,
if you pay for the information.

Thereafter, he faxed me pages stating his intention to search.

Finally, he sent me e-mail stating that--surprise, surprise--he
had found records for most of the surnames of interest to me
(as I have them simply listed below). He asked me to send
money to "complete the search." (By the way, none of my family
ever lived in Kiev!)

Last year, when I wrote directly to the Kiev Archives, this
same person sent me a fax stating, essentially, "I have found
records for you. Please send money."

Is this a scam? Is he just hoping that someone will send
money? I don't know. Last year, after he sent a fax regarding
my Kiev Archives search, I posted a message on JewishGen asking
if anyone knew him or could vouch for him. Not one person
responded in the affirmative.

Each time I have written a specific message to this person,
asking for any details on his work, I have simply received
in return another message asking for money.

I do not wish to cast ill-will towards anyone. If you have
been solicited (as have, I've heard, at least a dozen other
JewishGen writers) then you will need to evaluate his messages
on your own. I have no information that conclusively proves
that he is not offering a reputable and valuable service.

Dan

Daniel Kazez <dkazez@mail.wittenberg.edu>
Poland: TALMAN, ENGLANDER, JURKIEWICZ, STRAUSBERG, KIFER, CZAPNIK, BRODA
Ukraine: OBERMAN-HOBERMAN-GUBERMAN, LISS, SOBLE-SOBEL, STEIN, AXMAN
Turkey: KAZEZ-KAZES, ALHADEF-ELHADEF, FRESKO-FRESCO, HABIB
http://userpages.wittenberg.edu/dkazez/fam/ent/fam.html

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