The Most Important Facts About Ukraine & Russian Dating Scams

Dear friends,

No matter where you live or what your background is, being alone and lonely can be devastating to your emotional well being, your social life, and your family life. So, finding ways to cure that loneliness is a reasonable response for anyone. Today, Western men of all ages and backgrounds can simply log on to the internet and start searching for their soul mate from Russia and Ukraine. Everything is easy? No way!

Sadly, Ukrainian & Russian online romance scammers are always on the prowl for Western men who are lonely and naive. These crooks prey on the goodwill and inexperience of their victims. They are criminals who are skilled at taking advantage of the vulnerabilities of people who live thousands of miles away. These scam artists will use a person emotionally needs, in order to get money or even to steal their identity. The Ukraine women scam artist specializes in getting a man to fall for a woman by sending pictures and love letters, until they finally ask for money. Usually, the reason will be to get the woman to wherever the man lives, so that they can be together.

Dating Scam

They use social media and online dating sites to post bogus and attractive things about themselves to lure victims into romantic relationships. For example, the scammers may create a fraudulent dating account on a paid or free International dating site. There is nothing true about anything they post. They depict themselves with pictures of good-looking Ukrainian & Russian women and post engaging and sympathetic description of their lives.

Recognizing Ukrainian and Russian online dating scam

Naturally, a young or trusting victim will believe them. When the victim has become a part of their loop, the scammers will flatter and comfort them, share the victim’s ideals and interests until they have formed an emotional attachment with their target online, most likely a serious boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Once this is achieved, they go for the kill by artfully deceiving their victim into sending a check or money through untraceable ways. The scammers also ask for personal details in order to rob or blackmail their victims. This method is called Catfishing.

The She-Is-In-Love scenario is when the scammers send e-mails and text messages full love for their victims. The crooks rely on the victim’s dreams and lack of reality. The scammers can sense these from their online interaction. They want to get the victim to continually send them money.

There are several variations of the Russian and Ukrainian online dating scams:

1.) Ukrainian & Russian translation scams

Translation scams involve a third-party. Here, the scammers posing as a Russian woman will create a simple but sexually charged relationship with the victim. Then she will pretend not to understand English and tell him to hire the translator she recommends which will cost a lot of money.

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2.) Marriage dating scam

The marriage and matchmaking agency / online dating company is completely fictitious. The website displays pictures of beautiful and young Russian and Ukrainian women whom the scammers will introduce to potential victims once their hefty membership is paid. Of course, the agency is a fly-by-night and no introductions are made.

There are many valid Russian and Ukrainian online dating sites, but there are also predatory websites run by people adept at manipulating the emotions of their victim. Always remember that the scammers will write and use anything to get their victim to send them money.

The scam can be run by a single person or several people. These scammers are focused on exploiting compassion and sensitivity. One trick is when the scammers appeal to the victim’s goodness. For example, the victim meets a Russian / Ukraine woman online through the dating sites. Love develops between them. The woman encourages him and reveals things about herself that is intended to gain his love and sympathy to the point where he feels that he needs to help her. She tells him that no one else will help her and that he is the answer to her prayers.

This control makes him feel very special. At this point, she is comfortable to take the liberty of asking him for money for made-up situations like an emergency or to buy an airplane ticket from Moscow to meet him in the United States. He can send the money through Western Union or Money Gram. Once the scammers get the money, the relationship is discontinued.

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3.) Pay Per Letter Scam

The pay per letter scam, or PPL scam, is one innovative model of an online dating scam. It is essentially rather refined and reflects not just one scammer trying to make some money, but instead an organized and formal system with multiple participants operating on a large measure. There are a great number of “reliable dating and marriage agencies” in Ukraine and Russia looking for translators who are willing to write messages, communicate and translate.

In order to use the online dating services, the Western man needs to pay some amount of money to send an email, read the messages, chat, and so on. For example, the scammer might charge five dollars per email to theoretically cover the costs of translation.

It is called “pay per letter” scam because the Western man pays for each time they communicate with the Russian and Ukrainian “bride”. The scam artist provides steady, systematic income to the scam team, who benefit from the appearance of validity that the dating site provides.

How to avoid getting scammed?

Guys, just follow my advice:

  1. Do not be a victim.
  2. Precaution and skepticism are important.
  3. Common sense is a very useful tool in detection.
  4. A potential victim is full of fantasies not reality.
  5. Question anything that is too good to be true.
  6. Do research on Russian and Ukrainian women and culture.

Here are a several tips to keep in mind: It is highly unlikely that women or men who look like models will be posting on dating sites so skip anything with glamorous and perfect-looking people. Few people look like models, and nine out of ten, they are already in romantic relationships.

Do not form any association with people who ask you for your e-mail and residential address or your cell phone number through the Russian dating website no matter how much the potential victim likes her. Sooner or later, the scammers will find a way to worm their way to the victim’s affections until the victim becomes attached that he or she sends money and provides intimate information for targeting.

They will keep bombarding their victim with attention. Remember, some of these scammers are part of organized crime. They know how to manipulate their victim by profiling based on the things that the victim writes about himself. For examples, if the victim writes that he loves animals, the scammer will use that to gain the victim’s trust.

The IP address should always match the professed location. IP addresses are located in the e-mail headers. Go to on how to find IP addresses.

Recommended reading: Anti-Scam ebooks:

  1. Ukrainian dating guide “Avoiding scams” by Krystyna
  2. ANTI-SCAM GUIDE by Elena Petrova Review

Be safe! 🙂

I wish you a lot of luck in Ukrainian dating adventure!

krystyna dating blogger


Questions? Feel free to ask Krystyna, your Ukrainian dating expert 🙂 (s. here: Contact Krystyna)



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Krystyna is a Russian and Ukrainian dating blogger and Youtube video coach. On Ukrainian dating blog, you find more than 500 articles on dating Russian and Ukrainian ladies. Enjoy! No time to look for specific information or article? Check my “Krystyna’s lessons on successful dating Ukrainian ladies”. The guide offers you useful tips you must follow on your adventure to find your special Ukrainian woman for marriage. For more info, just click HERE

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30 Responses

  1. christopher says:

    Evgenia Malykhina from Krivoy Rog Ukraine is a known scammer. Google search her by name and you will see her on the Internet! A real low life this one, most talented liar I have ever known if you can call lying a talent!

    • Bob says:

      All the ladies are scammers and fraud I can give two ladies they screwed me personally. I see we should burn Ukraine and whats in it.

      Pretty picture and fraud.

      • dan says:

        Bob, whoa there buddy the Germans already did this with the Russians. I been to Ukraine many times, yes you had scammers. You will meet them on any dating site especially the big ones like Anastasia date or a foreign affair. True Ukraine ladies are not scammers at all. I been to Ukraine many times, I have many friends there, you must look to marriage agencies! Not things like Anastasia They are dating agencies.

        Talk to ladies, call them, if they do not give personal information about themselves they are fake. You may write to ladies for months, do not go there and expect a lady to jump into your arms, they are modest wonderful ladies. Do not chase ladies with a 20 year age difference it is not going to work! You need to make contacts and be on the ground and meet many. Forget the supermodels, they are not real on any of the big dating agencies, yes they will date you and that is all.

        Also if you know their first name, and age search them on in city that they live with birth date. You will be ahead of many things to know about them with this. So burn Ukraine? No, we all have bad experiences but keep them as experience! It did not kill you did it? I had bad experiences with Anastasia that was fake, I do not hate the fraud lady, I actually feel sorry for her! Her loss!

  2. Krystyna, I congratulate you on succinctly describing the scams that take place within many of the Ukraine based ‘marriage agencies. My view is the girls are also often victims, not realising what they are getting themselves into when they agree to the “free photoshoot”. You are also absolutely right to highlight the fact that it is not uncommon for girls to work several profiles, either by using photos taken from social networking or model sites and/or, hijacking the identities of girls who have left the agency. I have also heard examples of girl that were fearful or threatened when they tried to leave the agency. It is a very murky world and the reality is, the website owners, often based in the USA could and should do more to stamp out rogue agents. Great article!

  3. Paul says:

    Krystyna. Thank you for a very useful website. I met a proffesional dating scammer Valeria Novitskaya from Nikolaev. She meets anybody for a weekend in Ukraine or abroad.

    Having met her for real..Swears undying love. Then starts asking for money gifts holidays etc etc.. She often travels to Egypt to see her real boyfriend.

    She uses Anastasia id1692679 as well as alot other sites. The most convincining liar you will ever meet.

    Be warned or loose a fortune..

  4. Paul says:

    Hi Henri. I hired a investigator after a friend of hers tipped me off. She has so many men on the go its unreal. She is a professional scammer & gold digger. I had the misfortune to be taken in by her scams & met her more than once. She still uses Anastasia id number 1692679. You will save yourself a lot of money & time by avoiding her. Where did you meet her..? There is also photo’s of her with her..?? on scamming sites on the internet.. good luck with your search.

  5. Paul says:

    Valeria/Valeriya Novitskaya….

    She also uses jump4love dating site id 149412

  6. Rick says:

    I met her twice over a year ago … she ripped me off for a lot of money. I thought I was good at spotting a liar but she fooled me. She is beautiful. I ignored the red flags … there were no scam reports on her when I met her now there are many, many, many. She does go to Egypt a great deal.

    She works with an interpreter friend Katie … they are a good team. They sure had me fooled … I thought she loved me. Says she is a travel agent … I doubt whether she has any job except ripped men off. She talks about her daughter Dasha all the time.

    Stay away from her and never never send any of these girls any money … never.

  7. Paul says:

    There is much about Valeria Novitskaya on the internet now. that i think she is going to come unstuck big time & possibly get seriously hurt or worse.

    I thought the boyfriend in Egypt was serious but its not. She has got more than 1 man there that she sees there. Also from what i have read she has scammed over a 100 if not more in the last 3 years. She has obviously made a fortune..She really is a dangerous peice of work. But i think we are going to read about her having real misfortune before to long. Its sure to get back to Egypt before to long.

    I feel sorry for her daughter & family. What on earth posses women to put themselves & there loved ones in danger like this..?

    What do you think Krystyna..?

    She conned me out of a lot of money but i sure do not want to see her maimed or worse. She denied everything when i confronted her & was so convincing with tears etc i nearly believed her..
    Her 2 younger helpers Julia & Katie are just as stupid. & probably are unaware of the dangers they are putting themselves in. She could spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder.

    Like many others i believed all the lies about marriage, love & being the only man for her..

    My advice to any man is STAY AWAY it will end in tears..

  8. Paul says:

    Scammer Valeria Novitskaya is now useing Veronikalove profile number 132650. she is useing a different main photo. But it is most definately the Queen of scammers Valeria.. Keep well away if you value your time money & sanity…

  9. Jean says:


    I would like to report a SCAM. This lady, Anastasiia Stepanova, from Ukrainian origin, just spend a few days in France (coming from kiev via Cologne) before contacting me by skype (i think she was registered in the Travelgirls site)

    She wanted to meet me in belgium and asked to wire money for hotel and train expenses. i helped her and she finally never came and disappeared (i believe she is now in Cologne)
    I lost € 250 in the process

    I would like to warn others about her practice. Steal money from others to spend for own purpose


  10. Paul says:

    Latest on professional dating scammer Valeria/Valeriya Novitskaya she is now using Step2love i.d number 100192 &
    Be warned she is very convincing & devious & will have you believing all her lies & making you think you are the only man in the world for her.
    She WILL gtake you for as much money,gifts,holidays etc as she can. Avoid her at all costs. She seems to be unstopable…

  11. dan says:

    Scammers, and everything else bad with ladies? What about the psycho men that the good ladies deal with? You use marriage agencies only, make brief contact before you go to meet “some” ladies. Do not use the big dating agencies like Anastasia or foreign affair and the ones associated with them. Also a lot of local dating agencies work with these big scam companies.

    These local agents get paid to recruit profiles and they also get kick backs to chat. Example, you are chatting online, yes video with big dating site supermodel. She is smiling all the time and seems to type while you are not receiving anything? Why because she is chatting on multiple screens via the local agent at home, “making money” the local agents get paid lets say .12 cents per minute, the lady gets lets say .04 to .06 cents per minute. She chats with ten men and ladies, yes ladies are looking to meet other ladies on them to! So she is getting while chatting .60 cents per minute, that is $36.00 per hour! Very good money! Now convert this to UAH it is 291.36 per hour! They are making a killing!

    How do I know this, been there talked to locals on the ground while in country, they call it dirty work! Also if you are curious, cruise the webcam nude sites and search for your lady! You might find her there! Please, do not waste your time with the big dating companies, it is just not real! You have to go to the country and be there with her for much time to find each other!

    Find local marriage agencies that verify are real, there are many and some are very anti Anastasia date or a foreign affair. Check out he once worked for both of these dating agencies and will show you how they are not real!

  12. Paul says:

    Valeriya Novitskaya is now working for Step2Love. id 100192
    She is a proffesional dating scammer & total fraud. Avoid her at all costs & never ever send her money no matter what she says. Even if she says she wants to meet you. everything she says is a lie unfortunately.
    99% on S2L are frauds.

  13. Paul says:

    Valeriya is now working the Romance Compass site as well. I.D 32461. Be careful guys. She is also on Hamster porn site & works as an escort for wealthy Arabs.

  14. Steve says:

    Dear Krystyna, this is important, there is a search engine promoted Ukrainian dating website called which is Nothing but a SCAM. I initially thought I came across a real Ukraine marriage dating website, but was I wrong when I started talking to the scamming woman, I then tried to report the scams to the website administrator and got No response from them, and they still have the same woman that tried to scam me on there every day, here is the letter that I sent to website administrators:

    Hello, you have allot of SCAMMERS on your site at:, some are from Russia, and allot of them have their info listed as living in the United States, but in reality they have Never been to the United States, allot of them live in Accra Ghana Africa of all places, and they try and get you, from your site, to chat with them on Yahoo Messenger and/or Yahoo email, and then they say they can come and see you if you give them money so they can buy an airline ticket, but will Not accept if you buy the ticket for them, that’s a SCAM Con Game, here is one of your Scam members by the user name of: Flirty, she has her living info as United States, but Never been to the US, and she is trying to run a money scam starting at your site, read some Flirty emails to me:

    flirty Deen Hi dear..I just called and confirm on the price of the airfare..It $1400 for one way and $1200 for round trip.They also told me it would nice and easy if i get the plane ticket here becos of the econo
    To Me
    Today at 9:01 AM
    Hi dear..I just called and confirm on the price of the airfare..It $1400 for one way and $1200 for round trip.They also told me it would nice and easy if i get the plane ticket here becos of the economic problems going on all over the world and also there will be a refund on them..Here is an update and hoping to read from you soon..Stay bless and have a nice day..Hugs…

    Ohh okay but they told me it advisable to buy it here incase there is a problem they sort it out and save me from embarrasment becos they have been having issues about that when people buy tickets outside the country and found them saves in a mess on the departure day and moreover here is not develope for such things even though they accepts that…thats what one representative told me when called their customer service number…

    Okay but explain further that the reason why they advised me to get it here is the world cup people will be trying with all sort of drug and people will be smuggling illegaly to different countries thats why and they have making advertsiment of it on Radio and Tv and also newspapers i dont want to get myself in any sort of emabarrasement my dear i hope you understand me now?

    Here is some more Scammers on your site:
    Username: Brandy
    Username: Alena Alenhik
    Username: Vivibaby
    Username: Valda

    I hope you take some actions to clean up your site because there are Lonely men that fall for these Scammers on your site and get ripped off, that’s low down dirty rotten to a man.

    Dear Krystyna, could you post this important information on your site so maybe it can help Stop these terrible scammers, regards Steve.

  15. Tony says:

    If anyone wants to “sue” Jump4love,com dating site write to me-This site is a scam,i read about it before joining it to see if it was true,it is a true “scam” site.(

  16. john says:

    has anybody dealt with tatyana 1612305? on adate, she told me her name was kidlova but on vk she is kidanchuk, after a year talking she refused to communicate freely on skype, a pro scammer i think, but maybe i am wrong.

  17. Kirke says:

    Claim to be dance instructer from Ukraine irina ibrahomiva her name given has fake passport sent me copies of paid non refunded tickets from delta airline from a coral travels agency of Ukraine agent named Yulia says she a manager irina said she needs 3000 to recieve tourist visa to the U.S. For 3 months

  18. My goodness, we have guys here still using Adate?????? John, just leave.

  19. Mel says:

    Can Anyone tell me if there are Students using older married men to Pay for their university and gifts?

  20. David says:

    Romance Compass IS a TOTAL SCAM !!

    I wasted $ 200 and i know for sure. DON’T waste your time as NOTHING will EVER Happen !! They prey on men’s loneliness. They even posted a friend of mine on their who is a Russian Model and is NOT registered with them. They even listed her wrong address on her page !! THEY ARE FULL OF *censored* !! STAY AWAY !! SAVE YOUR MONEY and TIME !! David

  21. Alan says:

    Romance Compass does have a bunch of legit dolls up there but avoid this site at all costs
    I only wasted $85 on this site on a model named Anastasia Klovanich and she talked up on how much she needed me to be with her and be by her side until i eventually received her details. I tried adding her on VK and on Facebook but she blocked me off after refusing to add me for a few weeks and blocked off my number. I will be taking her down in February in a song I have written up ;). Otherwise stay away

  22. Jesse says:

    The only way to possibly meet a non-scamming, non-gold-digging Russian or Ukrainian woman is to travel to Russia or Ukraine and spend time there.

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