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.
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:
- Do not be a victim.
- Precaution and skepticism are important.
- Common sense is a very useful tool in detection.
- A potential victim is full of fantasies not reality.
- Question anything that is too good to be true.
- 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 http://romancescam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=10910 on how to find IP addresses.
Recommended reading: Anti-Scam ebooks:
Be safe! 🙂
I wish you a lot of luck in Ukrainian dating adventure!Questions? Feel free to ask Krystyna, your Ukrainian dating expert 🙂 (s. here: Contact Krystyna)