Russian girls online dating scams
Most of the Russian scam (about 90% of it, if not more) originates form the same 2 sources: REPUBLIC OF MARI EL in Russia and LUGANSK in Ukraine.
The other 10% originates from pro-daters, mostly from South of Ukraine, like Odessa, Nikolaev, etc..
Sometimes they use the photos of Russian models and celebrities.
The girls on the pictures are NOT scammers and have no idea how their pics are being used.
If Mari El mostly scam for visa and ticket, Lugansk scams for translation services.
But Lugansk scammers are easier to detect by their photos.
Unlike Nigerian dating scam, there is a lot of information about Russian scam on the Internet.
Most people know what it's all about: the scammers establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love with you after just a couple of letters and then start asking for money, for different purposes: for visa and ticket to come meet you, for English classes, for cell phone, for Internet connection, for sick Mom, whatever. Or, she will ask you for more money and then will be gone. We are not going to cover agencies here, we don't work with Russian marriage agencies and have no idea who is scam and who is not.
Their profiles may say whatever: that they are from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Volgograd, Chelyabinsk, Kiev, Odessa, sometimes even USA.Most likely, they work on commissions, like telemarketers.The activity of this criminal organization is enormous, they place hundreds of profiles out there every day.The photos of girls on the phony Russian profiles come from different sources.
The majority is stolen from the Russian social networks, like (the Russian analog of Facebook).
But as you know, the money wired via Western Union can be picked up at any city and at any Western Union location, so it doesn't mean anything.