Russian dating scams are not a new phenomenon. It is not rare to meet a person who knows someone who was scammed or was scammed themselves.
While Russian scammers do exist and can be potentially dangerous for your wallet and your self-esteem, there is no need to give up your dream of marrying a beautiful Russian woman. If you are careful, alert and diligent enough to do a good amount of research on dating scams, you are not going to get scammed and get your heart broken. Here are some tips which will help you protect yourself from Russian dating scams.
First of all, it is important to realize that the girls you see on photos are not scammers. Many scammers are not women and are not even Russian. They often work in groups, which sometimes consist of strictly males. They steal pictures from Russian modeling agencies websites or social networking sites and pretend to be Russian women.
If you want to avoid dealing with scammers, first of all you need to avoid free dating sites at all costs. Frugality is not a good idea when you are looking for a wife. Since anyone can register on free dating sites, they are full of scammers and of bored teenagers who joined the site just to kill time ad have fun.
Save yourself time and, in the long run, money, because in 8 chances out of 10 that a person you meet on a free Russian dating site is a scammer. In fact, most people who have been scammed have been scammed on free dating sites.
Serious Russian women are not going to post their profiles on free sites, because they know about the risks associated with it. Therefore, go with reputable Russian marriage agencies or Russian dating sites. There is no 100% guarantee that you will not run into a scammer on a paid site, but it reduces your chances dramatically. Reputable dating agencies check every member who registers on their site to make sure the person and their information, such as phone and address, are real.
Second of all, pay attention to the woman’s behavior. Did she approach you first? Is she “in love” with you after your 2nd letter? Does she look like a supermodel and is quite a bit younger that you? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you are most likely dealing with a scammer. Russian women are rarely pushy, it is just not part of their mentality. They want to get married and start a family, but respectable Russian women are never going to throw themselves at you, especially if they look like supermodels.
Not all scammers act this way though. Some are smarter, so they take their time before madly falling in love with you. How can you detect them? Pay attention to their letters.
Do her letters look like a blog where she tells you all about herself (how wonderful she is, how broken her heart is and how desperately she wants to have a good family), but never seems to answer any questions you have for her? If they do, most likely this is not due to her poor English skills. You are probably dealing with a scammer, or a group of scam artists who are using pre-written letters. These types of scammers act differently. They are patiently sending pre-written letters in broken English; sometimes even for as long as few months. If you start having doubts, ask her more specific questions. You can also copy a part of her letter and “Google” it. It may pop-up on an anti-scam site.
Some scammers are getting creative and hire women (often prostitutes or broke college students), who communicate with you over the phone and pretend to be your Russian bride. Not all of them go that far and if you are using respectable Russian dating agencies, you should be fine. However, it still doesn’t hurt to be cautious. You may not know that who are dealing with is a scammer until she asks you for money. If she does – run away, no matter how sincere she sounds and how believable her sob story is.
Don’t give up on your dream because of the fear of Russian dating scams. Just be alert, do your research and don’t forget to listen to your heart and your gut.
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