She had emailed her phone number but told Dave he could not call her, saying "my phone doesn't accept international calls".
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.
Tatyana, a good-looking blonde, leans across the table. It is Saturday evening and we are nearing the end of a foreign-friendly speed dating session in a central Moscow restaurant.
Most male expats say that their nationality can still have a positive impact on girls.
"You can just speak English and heads will turn," said Sean, 26, an English language teacher.
On Valentines Day this year, Dave was woken up just before 7am by a call from a private number.
The Aleksandra on the phone was less loving, more forthright and after wishing him "happy Valentine's Day", she quizzed him: "you are going to send the money?