Glossword glossary, Dmitry N. Shilnikov and Internet Fraud
|This is the story of a fraud by Dmitry Shilnikov, Glossword developer
Dmitry Shilnikov, Glossword developer, wanted for Internet fraud
Update: 24 June 2005 Note that when asked how he would feel about being somebody for a job and not getting the job done he says that he just got married and that he is a just man in love! The definition of a lame excuse!
Update: 29 June 2005
After answering a few questions about some of his bugs and being silent for 5 days what is his reply when I ask him for his progress and when he will deliver what he was paid for?
Answering your questions, I've send you 15 messages, will you send me more and ask me do to something more for free?
The full story
This is how it started. I asked from Dmitry N. Shilnikov to customize Glossword for me. We exchanged a number of emails, agreed to the cost and then came the time to pay him. I paid him upfront (withour ever receiving the customized dictionary) the amount of 360 US dollars on the 11th of March 2005 and I have yet to receive from him the customization! As you will notice from the emails below:
a) he gave me his father's name for the Western Union transaction and
b) he refused to give me his phone number with the excuse:
"I am afraid my English is not so excellent to talk by phone. Please let me write PHP and HTML, because I know these languages much better than English".
I did find in one of his pages where he advertizes his services a Russian (mobile?) number [8-916-165-56-90] to which he never answered. It was only answered once, presumably by his father, who did not speak any English. I had a Russian speaker call again and his excuse was that they did not have any money and they could no pay the internet connection!!! When my friend asked him but why couldn't him go to an internet cafe and at least let me know that he could not do it, he said nothing. Notice that this happened some time after I sent him the money.
An interesting point is that, in his latest version, glossword 1.7.1, he incorporates some of the customizations I asked for like custom pages, CVS export, wildcard search, etc!
A complain about the incident has been filed to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) (complain No I05062113569627).
I would appreciate any information anybody has on this person and his whereabouts as, I believe, that the betrayl of trust in an internet transaction is something of an extremely serious nature and should not go unpunished.
I would be happy to provide further information as well as Dmitry N.Shilnikov's emails to anyone who wants to inquire further. Please contact me using the contact button on the right, top of this page.
Here is the Western Union money transfer MTCN 5785348870 (click on the image to enlarge)
22 March 2005
I just writing to let you know that I am working
on customization and improving Glossword for your site.
Here is some new results.
Friday, 11 March, 2005
> Could you please confirm:
Nick is my father's name. Here is values for fields exactly from WU
First name(s): Nick
Last name: Shilnikov
Country: Russian Federation
Postal Code: 101000
The only important thing in the form is MTCN (money transfer control
Friday, 11 March, 2005
> Amount sent: 360 dollars
> MTCN: 5785348870
Thank you very much! Tell me please, what did you wrote in "Receiver" fields.
10 March 2005
> Could you please provide me with a working telephone number?
Spiros, I am afraid my English is not so excellent to talk by phone
Greek is all the more :-)
Please let me write PHP and HTML, because I know these languages
much better than English.
Update: 24 june, 2005.
This is a reply that came 4 hours after posting this page and sending another email with the title "Action will be taken"
I am sorry if I seemed like I was tricking you for a while.
I have read all your messages.
Please give me more six days.
I can give you 6 days but there is no excuse for this. You could at least have told me to wait! I also spent money to programmers to try to fix your previous buggy versions.
Would you like to be treated this way? Eh? Pay somebody and then they contact you 3 months later and say "give me six days"?
> Would you like to be treated this way?
I share your emotions. I've just married and Internet is the last thing
I was thinking about. I am a men in love,
and if you ever had a women, I hope you'll understand me.
She knows I need to do a work, I know I need to work. Sorry again, you don't have to worry, I'll do what
I have promised and even more. You can take into account. I'm working in Internet for about 7 years, I can't just leave away.
And sadly, I am not
the only one:
Dmitry Shilnikov aka Dmitry N. Shilnikov
I did a search today in a courious
reflection of what Dmitry Shilnikov had done
with my money as well as two sites there
were never completed. If any of you
decide to contact Mr. Shilnikov for any work
on your site think very carefully
about it. The money involved was enough to
keep him in money for almost a year
while a lot of this time he was never around,
at times for months. This is nothing
new with him. A quick search revealed this
unhappy client who was dealing with
Dmitry Shilnikov. I knew I could not
have been the only person having work
issues with Dmitry N. Shilnikov.
Yes... this is the author of Glossword!
The 2 sites - EuroBride.ru and NameAgain.com -
At this time the incompletion of
these sites have resulted in a great deal of
loss of time and income as well as
expenditure. EuroBride.ru is now over 4