Scams dating women
To those outside Russia/Ukraine it might appear that Russian dating scams are EVERYWHERE!
And it is true that if you enter this pursuit by web searching and selecting random search results you will almost surely encounter scams.
Before you write to me asking about possible Russian dating scams, or post your question here on my site, here's the short answer: Below I'll discuss the categories of Russian dating scams and how they work is a good start to avoiding them, but you can actually avoid them without knowing very much about them by following a few simple guidelines.
I'll summarize here: (1) Shop only on the reputable sites, and (2) "follow the money".
Of all the varieties of Russian dating scams, this is the easiest to recognize and avoid. If you use the services of "marriage agencies" or a marriage agency network to pursue Russian women, then you run a pretty good risk of encountering another family of Russian dating scams known as "Marriage Agency Scams".
At the start you may not even know that you are dealing with an agency or agency network.
Sometimes this can occur when you actually write a girl on a site, sometimes the girl contacts you on a site, or sometimes the girl directly emails you even though you've never seen her before or written to her.
She'll just say "Hi, I saw your profile at the agency and you seem like the perfect man for me..." (but failing to identify the agency).
those behaviors that sometimes leave some men feeling scammed, but that don't really qualify as scams.
In some cases men throw around the term "Scam" a bit loosely and label as a scammer any woman who does not fully cooperate.
For instance, a guy may invite a Russian woman with whom he has been corresponding to join him for a tropical vacation at his expense. She accepts, but then does not later acquiesce to his physical demands, or maybe she just eventually loses interest.
But the funny thing is that the ubiquity/omnipresence of Russian dating scams is MUCH SMALLER than it appears from outside Russia/Ukraine.
It's just that those perpetrating the scams are highly visible and do a LOT of volume.