A Sexy Russian Girl Wants You?
So, you’ve been corresponding with an amazing Russian girl for several months, but you haven’t spoken on the phone, and now she wants to see you in your city? She may seem real, but if you feel something is off, the entire situation might be a scam. If you’re asking that question, it means that the chances are high that you’ve become a victim of one of the most common scams on the Internet: the Russian women scam.
Here are a few things you should know about Russian women scams and how to manage your online dating efforts to avoid them and find the woman of your dreams.
Use The Right Website
While some websites are reliable and scam resistant, others may not be so. If you meet a girl on the former ones and write to her, you can usually be 100% sure that she is real. However, if you suspect that something is off, you can always get in touch with the customer service, and they will investigate the case for you.
Unfortunately, while other websites may have far more interesting women, you can’t be sure that they are all real. And that goes especially for websites that offer pay-per-letter services. These are nearly always full of Russian women scams, and it’s best to approach them with a healthy dose of skepticism. In fact, you should just avoid them altogether.
Some of the most reliable websites you can visit include Russian-Ukrainian-Women.com, Russian Cupid, and Ukraine Date.
Check Whether She Saw Your Profile
If you look for dating opportunities on reliable websites, most of the time they have a feature where you can see all women who viewed your profile. If you start corresponding with a Russian woman and she seems to be interested, check whether she saw your profile. If she doesn’t appear on the list, chances are high that she is one of the many Russian women scams.
Make sure to check that, especially when she writes to you first. If you can’t find her on the list of women who viewed your profile, you can be sure that this is a Russian woman scam.
People who intend to date online usually take a good look at a person’s profile before writing to them. A real Russian or Ukrainian woman who is serious in her pursuit of a foreign husband will do the same. It just doesn’t make sense for her to send you a message or express interest without having a look at your profile first.
Note that this feature may not be 100% sure. Sometimes a woman may check your profile while not being logged in and eventually she will not show up in your ‘who viewed my profile’ list. However, it is important to check that, especially if there are other things in her emails that might raise suspicion.
If you’re talking to a Russian woman you’re not sure about, just Google her. That way you will be able to verify the information she told you about herself. If she has no digital footprint, consider that as a red flag. Having no online profile is very strange these days. If you find a trace of her online, check marriage and divorce records – most of the time, these are all recorded publicly. Property ownership is also public information. Have a look at criminal records as well. If you’re curious, you can try one of the fee-based services to help you do the background check. It means spending a little, but if you’re facing a potential scam, you might be saving a lot.
Check Where Her Emails Come From
Every device connected to the Internet gets assigned an IP address that shows the country of origin. And you can check the IP through email easily. Have a look at the header to see the IP address of the device from which the woman sent you a message. That way, you can learn where she’s writing to you from. If you have any doubts, it’s best to confront the person – after all, they might be using a VPN that will result in showing you an entirely different IP that has nothing to do with the place from which they are connecting to the Internet.
Keep A Close Eye On The Money
So you’ve been corresponding with a Russian woman, and you think she’s not a scammer, it’s time to make the final step and simply follow the money. Remember that most Russian women scams are about tricking you out of your money. These scammers often convince their victims to wire them money to travel and see you or to arrange an apartment for your visit to the city.
Make sure that you spend money only on services that you chose. And never, ever send your money to anyone. If you are talking to a Russian woman and decide you two want to meet, plan the meeting in a way that keeps the money out of her hands. Naturally, that will mean you need to spend some money to travel and cover the accommodation costs to meet her. However, it’s essential to do this in a way that’s smart and provides her with no cash.
Avoid Pay-Per-Letter Services
When it comes to pay-per-letter services, things usually get problematic. Even if the woman in the picture exists and is somehow in contact with the agency, you can’t be 100% sure that she’s the one writing to you. Sometimes women enter into arrangements with services like that for sharing profits. What happens is that agencies hire writers who are responsible for delivering your correspondence pretending that they are these women to inspire you to write as many letters as possible (and pay up).
Arrange Your Accommodation
If you decide to see a woman in her city, beware of that simple scam. She may say that the idea is simply fantastic; however, you need to send $1,000 so she can arrange an apartment for you. When planning your visit, it’s best to be the one to organize all the accommodation. It might be a bit difficult, but remember that nearly all Russian and Ukrainian cities have a city center where it’s easy to rent out a hotel or apartment.
Most Russian women scams are so simple that it’s enough to use your common sense and follow the advice above to avoid them. However, it pays to know their methods to make sure that you’re not losing time corresponding with someone who has everything but dating in mind.
U.S. Embassy In Russia Warning
The U.S. Embassy receives reports almost every day of fraud committed against U.S. citizens by Internet correspondents professing love and romantic interest. Typically, the Russian correspondent asks the U.S. citizen to send money or credit card information for living expenses, travel expenses, or “visa costs.” The anonymity of the Internet means that the U.S. citizen cannot be sure of the real name, age, marital status, nationality, or even gender of the correspondent. The U.S. Embassy has received many reports of citizens losing thousands of dollars through such scams. American citizens are advised never to send money to anyone they have not met in person.
The internet dating scams include some common elements:
- Misrepresentation about the costs and requirements of a U.S. visa,
- Claims that they must buy airline tickets only in Russia,
- Use of professional models’ photos gleaned from internet web sites,
- Sudden financial hurdles to leaving Russia,
- Requests to send money only through a specific company,
- A scan of a (usually fraudulent) U.S. visa to prove intent to travel.
This article is a guest post by Sienna Walker:
Sienna Walker is a business blogger writing for DirectorStats – a professional online business directory.