Are you considering finding a Russian wife, corresponding with a Russian woman, using a Russian dating agency, already been scammed or just want to be sure that your correspondent and relationship is genuine?
Then read on, and find out about the bizarre world of the Russian online dating. This is a simple scam, and happens in all internet dating, not just The Russian sites.
The photos may be of a model or friend and the description may be bogus, too.
The photos may simply be downloaded from someone's home website.
She hopes that once you have invested time and money getting to know her, you won't mind she's not as young, pretty or educated as she had claimed.
Often, the photos belong to an international photo model.
(And if your photo appears in any scams, here, or on other websites, let us know so we can remove it or help in the process!
Often the scammers use established dating sites, like
There is generally no woman even involved, and the scammers may even be in the US; see this story in the San Diego News: American MAN sentenced to 5 years in jail for "Russian Brides" scam Life in Russia is no picnic.
Except for the those at the top, life is generally very hard.
Of course, many people would love to live in the west, so she'll marry you...
but after receiving her green card, she'll divorce you.
And then send for Mikhail, her boyfriend/husband, who's been waiting back in Russia.