The Translation Scams, on the other hand, are pretty specific to Ukraine alone.
This type of scam is based on the same idea - a young lady is looking for a soul mate abroad.
Travel scams (sometimes you will see then being referred to as Visa and Tickets scams) are the most widely used.
We loosely classify RDSs into two groups: 1) Travel scams and 2) all others.
- If you tell them that you don't send money to anybody and are aware of Russian scams, they will assure you they are not a scammer and will keep writing - Most of their letters, including letters from their "travel agencies", if you enter a snippet from it in Google, can be found on scam lists - They may call you on the phone, but the sound is always very bad, voice distorted and if you have a caller ID, there is always some bogus number showing up, like 602-222-0000 - Yet they never have a phone themselves - They prefer to call you on the cell phone, probably because such calls are harder to trace - They will give you some mailing address, but if you try to check it out by sending flowers or registered letter, the address will turn out phony - If you ask them to send their photo holding a sign, unless the photos belong to some Russian model or celebrity, after some hesitation (and probably extra fee to the girl) they will send you one - They may do IM with you, but prefer e-mails - They always want to come visit you.
If you suggest you visit them first, they will find thousand good reasons why is it a bad idea and will keep insisting on them visiting you first like the pushy telemarketers - If you manage to insist on visiting them first, the meeting place will be changed from their home city to Moscow or Saint-Petersburg - They will ask you to send them money for passport, ticket and visa, often you may be contacted by a phony travel agency, which will send you invoice for Miss.
The main theme of the scam is that someone (be it a young women or a young men) contacts a potential victim on a dating site, quickly involves the potential victim into romantic online-relationship, and then asks the potential victim for financial assistance with arranging a person meeting.
The scammers make money by asking for: Very often, the Travel scammers use falsified visas, passports, tickets, and other documents to create an appearance of legitimate travel arrangements Thousands of foreigners already became a victim of this scam.
Step 3: if nothing helps, manually go to 5 or 6 and look through reports and photos posted there. In fact, I would estimate that over 70% of scammers ARE NOT reported online, because people who got scammed often do not know that black lists exist, or how to use them.
Maybe you will find her picture posted online somewhere under a different name. Some victims have such a limited computer knowledge, that a thought of navigating a forum or anti-scam site seems intimidating to them.
A good thing about Travel scammers is that they are very easy to detect if any .
We would recommend the same due diligence checks to detect them.
Scammers almost never delete their profiles themselves, in spite of what they might tell you, only get kicked out - They are often paid (or golden) members on the expensive paid dating services - They try to sneak their e-mail address into profile and put it onto their photos - They don't answer your questions and seem not to read your letters - If they changed your name in the greeting, their letters could be actually sent to any man - They talk about Russian men being alcoholics and not knowing how to treat women - They don't respond to conversation and their letters are monologs about themselves and their everyday life - Their letters are usually quite monotonous, boring and don't make much sense, until it comes to money subject. - Their English is not consistent: one letter may be written in excellent English, another again with online translator - They tend to repeat words, for example "I wanted to tell to you that that, if we can to meet?