Q. I am
corresponding with a Russian woman. Is she a scammer?
A. Probably yes :) If you are here looking for information on Russian scammers,
you have probably noticed something suspicious (she
asked you for money, or there was some other red
flag). If that is the case, she most likely is a
scammer. Genuine, honest Russian women will never
ask for money. Because in Russia there is a stereotype - Money is asking ONLY prostitutes!
Q. The woman I am corresponding with told
me she already has a visa to come to the US and
she only needs money for the ticket. She has even
sent me a copy of her passport with the visa. Is
she a scammer?
A. Yes, she is definitely a scammer.
The copy of the visa and/or passport is simply fake.
We have seen tons of fake documents. Usually they
send them in low resolution, so that the flaws are
not so noticeable. Sometimes "she" claims that she
has almost all of the money needed for the ticket,
she just asks you to chip in three or four hundred
Q. The woman I am corresponding with told
me she already has a visa and a ticket to come to
the US and she wants me to pick her up at the airport
and wants to stay at my place. She has not asked
for any money. Is she a scammer? What's the catch?
A. Yes, she is a scammer. And she is
not coming. The catch is, that since she is not
asking for money, you might not suspect her to be
a scammer. Then, at the last moment, usually a day
before her "arrival" when you are already psychologically
"conditioned", she suddenly tells you that she needs
to pay some additional fee, usually not much, say
$196, otherwise she can not use her ticket and all
her hard earned money she paid for this ticket and
the visa is lost. A lot of guys fall for that, considering
that she never asked for money before, and the amount
is relatively small. Their thinking is: what is
two hundred dollars for me, even if she turns out
to be a scammer. If you do pay, the scammer notes
you as a sucker, and starts asking for more, under
various pretences. Because they know that he who
paid once is much more likely to pay again.
Q. What are the "red flags" I should pay
attention to in a correspondence?
A. The biggest one is asking for money,
regardless of the pretence. It could be paying for
the Internet access, for English courses, for mother's
operation, and the classics: for the visa and ticket
to come to your country. Smaller red flags:
- "she" wrote you out of nowhere, not as a direct
responce to your profile posted on a concrete website.
This is the most obvious one, but some guys, especially
those not yet Internet-savvy, fall for it. Just
think about it, if you have your profile on a certain
website, her response should come through that website.
If she is contacting you out of the blue, saying
something like "I saw your profile on the Internet",
it is simply spam, the scammers use it often.
- "she" had only sent you one or two pictures of
"her", and refuses or ignores your requests for
more photographs (since the scammers steal photos
from dating or model sites, they cannot produce
more pictures of the same person).
- "she" ingores questions you ask in your messages
and instead writes long-winded paragraphs about
her city/country or some unrelated subjects (because
scammers have to write a lot of letters they use
pre-made letter templates where they change just
your name and maybe a couple of other sentences
to make it look like an answer to your letter).
- "her" photos look very glamorours, like model
pictures (scammers often steal photographs from
aspiring model sites, or even well-known celebrities
- "she" is 20 and you are 55
- "she" writes that she is in love with you in the
I am sure many of these red flags are obvious to
you, just use your common sense and you will be
Q. I've been scammed. What do I do now?
I am sorry, but getting your money back is highly unlikely. Western Union
or other ways scammers ask you to send money, do
not have a way for recourse. Cut your losses, learn
from it, and move on. Do not be disappointed about
your idea to meet a Russian woman. Most likely it
was not a Russian woman you've been corresponding
to, so don't take it out on them. I know some guys
who have been burnt and now they post on various
Russian women forums things like "do not belive
Russian women, they are all scam". These guys are
not getting anywhere with such attitude. Instead
look at many examples of the guys who finally brought
home beautifull, honest, and reliable Russian women.
Yet, before you move on, the good thing to do would
be to help others like you. First thing to do is
the scammer to our site. Then we recommend reporting
your case to the Interpol. It does take some time
on your part, the Interpol will not be very welcoming,
they might even tell you something like they will
get to your case right after they solve all the
murders (they don't want any extra work of course,
they prefer to just sit on their butts all day).
And you will probably never get results, let alone
your money back. Yet we encourage all of the guys
who have been scammed, to go through this process
and report them to the Interpol. Once the case is
officially reported, the Interpol has to do something
about it, for example dump it onto the Russian athorities.
Well, then they have to do something with it. After
enough cases are sitting unsolved in their hands,
they go out and arrest somebody. Believe me, other
scammers are keeping their ears to the ground, and
those arrests make them sleep bad.
Q. When I tried to upload info and pictures
of a scammer I was sent back to info form with message "All fields required" even though all fields were
A. You must refresh page (for new captcha generated) after this message, and
type all fields again.