Russian Scams Q & A

Is your situation one of a million Russian scams? If you are involved in a situation that you think may be a scam, you're in the right place! Here you can read many questions and answers previously posted about possible Russian scams.

Almost surely your situation is described down to the last detail in one of these posts, and a thorough answer is usually provided.

If you can't find your answer there you have two options.

Option 1: Post your question here (below)

Your first option is to post your question below. I'm always happy to try to help answer questions about scams, but here's the thing... The most common scam questions have already been posted and answered many times over. So if your question is nearly identical to those already posted it only serves to clutter up the material making it harder for others to find helpful answers. In this case it will not be approved or answered.

So please spend a few minutes looking through the previous posts and the scams section of this site (see "Scams" in left menu bar) before posting your question.

If you post your question feel free to use fake names and locations and any other identifying details in order to protect the privacy of everyone involved, DO NOT post a woman's full, real name and/or email address, phone numbers, etc. This is not intended to become a database of known scammers.

Option 2: Use my paid scam consult service

Your second option is to use my paid scam consult service. Even if your question has been asked and answered 100 times I will happily address it again with a customized, individualized answer. Or if you attempted to post your question on this page and the post was not approved or answered, you can use the paid scam consult service. You can read about that service at Russian Scam Consultation Service.


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Other scam questions and answers

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Help 
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Another wrinkle in evaluating whether a Russian woman is real 
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What is your opinion of my current online lady? 
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Middle Aged Russian Woman 
Greetings! I'm 49 and divorced 2.5 years. In addition to dating locally, I have extended my e-Harmony search to Russia. I dated a beautiful Russian …

I found this in my husbands email, what is this? 
Here's the email: Hello dear, I received a letter from the dating sites with your email address and you look for a serious relationship. I look for …

Is Top Tour really a travel agency and can I contact them directly? 
I've been talking to a Russian girl named Olga and she wants to come to America to stay. I told her that would be great but I couldn't pay for any of it. …

I'm writing with the woman Natalya 
I'm communicating with a woman named Natalya that I read about on your site. She says she works at social services, stays in a village in Siberia with …

How to validate if she is real 
Hello there.. I left a comment on you site, not realizing I could contact you directly. I am interested in validating this women whom I am speaking with …

Russianlovematch.com Continued. 
Hello Again, I could be way off in my estimation of the character of the Russian woman I lost contact with last month on Russianlovematch.com, but I …

My Russian friend, she can visit me in America as a tourist? 
Can my Russian friend visit me in America as a tourist? My friend in Moscow Russia directed me me to the web agency Tourismo, according to her prepared …

would you lean toward scam or not scam??? 
I met a beautiful 29 year old girl from Siberia, she is a social worker, and has fairly good English. I contacted her first from a match type dating site. …

Woman I met online says she needs money to complete Visa payment 
After several e-mails a 30 yr. old woman from Syktyvkar asked for money to complete payment for Visa. She says she enlisted the help of a "travel agent" …

Do scammers use bank transfers? 
A year ago I signed up for free at a site to meet Russian women, but after filling in my profile realized I had to pay to send messages, so I forgot about …

Am I being scammed or falling in love 
Hi my name is Joe. I'm very confused and unclear whether I am being hustled. I've been talking to Anna, who is 30 years old. She is beautiful and nice, …

Russian dating sites 
First, my congratulations and sincere thanks for creating a truly helpful site! Only wish had found it sooner, but then I might not have met the most amazing …

Ukraine women who use men for gifts, money, vacations... 
Ukraine women who use men for gifts, money, vacations... So I met this girl on one of the sites you recommend, russian-ukrainian-women.com (note, I …

Does a Russian gal with a 90 day visa have to have $4500.00 before leaving to come to the USA? 
I have been getting to know a gal in Russia for about 3 or 4 months and we have been getting to know each other and wanting to do a real meet in my city …

Greencard Hunter? 
25 days ago I met a 19 year old Russian girl from St. Petersburg on an international cultural exchange website. She messaged me first after viewing my …

Is this a Russian scam? 
I have been talking to a young Russian girl. She contacted me we have talked every day for 45 days. I told her several times I thought it was a scam. It …

I believe my Ukrainian fiancee is true, but need some advice 
I have been very seriously dating a Ukrainian woman for 16 months and we are set to meet in three short weeks. All has gone so beautifully for us and I …

Is the Russian woman I met on match.com scamming me? 
Hello.... I met another Natalya that has the same story.....her father killed in the war, her ex boyfriend named maxhim cheated on her, she takes the …

Ukrainian Custom 
Hello Bob, got a query in regards to Ukrainian custom. I have been chatting with a lady online for nearly three months, really like except she holds back …

How elaborate do Ukraine scams get ? 
So I've been chatting to what appears on the surface to be an ideal match for me but I have some doubts at how everything seems too good to be true. This …

Just an inkling of doubt 
I met this Ukrainian woman on Fdating free dating site. I initiated the first contact. She wrote back and wanted to go to Skype very quickly to communicate. …

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Russian girl connection via Match plus general questions 
Hi Bob I came to your site by a very convoluted way but really glad I got here. Been reading nearly everything on here! Great straight forward info, …

Money not requested 
I got a wink on match.com from a profile that said she was 27 years old and local and ended up being from a Russian woman in Vologda Russia. I responded …

UADreams.com 
Is UA Dreams (uadreams.com) a legitimate dating site? Bob's Comments: It depends on what you mean by "legitimate". If you read through my …

Scam? I wrote more for you to examine 
I wrote to you and had a 50/50 chance of not being a scam. Here is more info. A Russian woman got my info off a dating site. Which I was on a few but never …

I was just wondering if this woman is scamming me 
This woman emailed me out of the blue and I will say that this is not the first time. She said she got my email from a dating agency looking for foreign …

Do Russian women require "solvency money" to depart airport? 
My Russian lady claims to be at the airport and ready to board the plane when Customs official demands to see this money, in cash, or proof thereof. The …

Way too beautiful to be true - but certain things do add up and others not so much. 
I've been communicating with a girl that I met on one of your recommended websites, she had no profile pic up on the website and a very limited profile …

Are Bride Forever and/or Golden Bride legit? 
I have received email solicitations from two other Russian dating sites besides Anastasia and I'm wondering if either is legit. They are called Golden …

Meet a Lady in Kazan 
I have been sending email back and forth to a lady from Kazan. She has not asked for any money in the almost 3 months we have been talking. She did …

Tour companies in Ukraine 
After weeks of corresponding with Eva, it appears she may be trying to scam me. Eva has an interest in visiting me and she suggested using a travel …

Am I dealing with a professional Russian scammer? 
Hi Bob , first of all thank you for this space and your advice. I met a woman online trough a free dating site with no intermediaries. I first made the …

Translators giving address of woman 
My name is Mike. I met Anna from Ukraine on Russian Cupid . After several e-mails and corresponding, I asked Anna for her phone # and she told me …

She wants me to come see her soon 
I met a Ukrainian girl through a free personals website. We exchanged e-mail addresses quickly. We have sent each other several photos but she says she …

Looks like a scam, feels like a scam, BUT.....(Part 2) 
Hi Bob Sorry, it's me again. I don't want you to waste time in replying to this follow-up to my previous post, but I wanted to update your site as various …

Looks like a scam, feels like a scam, BUT..... 
I was contacted by a 34 year-old Russian woman through a reputable dating site. I am 60 (First hint of a scam!) I sent a brief reply. She responded …

Is she for real? 
Hi, I have been writing a Russian woman for a little over a month now. We write every day. She writes from work as she doesn't have the internet or …

E-mail tracing of Russian scammers 
Hi, I have been in contact with an alleged Russian lady for about 4 weeks, e-mails almost daily apart from Sundays as no home computer, (she says, then …

Not sure if its a set up 
I met a lady from Ukraine on a dating site. We exchanged personal emails right away. We have been emailing each other for over 3 months. She states that …

Exit Fees from Russia 
I have a pen pal from Tver, Russia who had a trip all planned out, including airline tickets. Anyway, she said she couldn't come because there is a $1240 …

How can I know that pictures a Russian woman sends me are actually the girl I'm speaking to? 
How can I know that a Russian woman with whom I am communicating by email and text messages is actually the girl in the pictures she sends and posts online? …

Can a single Russian woman get a visa to travel to the USA 
I have been corresponding via email with someone I think though to be legitimate. She has now gotten plane fare and sent me the flight information but …

america require $1000 from russian citizen as proof can provide fof self? 
She is at the airport and needs to show that she can provide for herself while in America. Bob's Answer: Yes, a Russian woman needs to show …

True or false 
My girl insists she needs to purchase her ticket and hotel through a local Russian travel agent to meet me in Panama. By the way Panama doesn't require …

Can a Russian woman age 30 be truly interested in a man of 70 years? 
I met this woman on a sex webcam site. I began in the "private" sessions only to talk. She initially refused to give out any personal information, but …

behappy2day 
Hello, I have come across a site that seems to be very large and active and has not been mentioned on here. It is called behappy2day.com. I checked …

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Was I scammed? 
I was in Kiev, Ukraine recently and I met Alina on Tinder while I was there. I wanted to meet Alina and she made arrangements to pick me up at my hotel …

Is Russianlovematch.com for Real? 
Hello, I have been a member of Russianlovematch.com - do you have any knowledge of them? Around the middle of November, something big happened with …

my russian girlfriend is thinking of coming here 
We have talked for a while she want to come and see me. Is it wise for her to come? What is the best way for us to be together? Bob's Answer:

A Russian woman wants to come to the USA to meet me... 
I met this woman online a few months ago. She, as most, seems to good to be true. After a couple of months, she said she wants to come here. I felt …

Russian woman nearly tricked me in to sending money 
I thought she was honest but things started to come together. She was sending the same photos, she looked beautiful, she sounded desperate, a honest women …

Russian law requires citizens to buy their own ticket? 
A Russian woman says the Russian law requires that she buy her own plane ticket. Is this true? Bob's Answer: No, it is not true. I have …

Travel agent 
I have met a girl on an American dating site and I have read the majority of the scams from others and I am still on the fence. First, use has never …

Have met on Skype several times, but still not convinced it is not a scam 
I met a young Russian woman from Moscow a couple of months ago. We have met and talked on Skype several times, so she is definitely real. She is attractive …

You say all scams are about money. Are some about identity theft? 
I met a Russian woman on match.com. She asked me to write to her email address. In her first or second email she told me her birthday and asked for mine. …

What do know about a Russian Travel Agency called Top Tour? 
Top Tour is a travel agency in Russia. This woman I have been writing to looked in to coming here and what it would cost. I also wrote this Travel agency …

Does a Russian woman need money to depart from Russia? 
I met a Russian woman that says she has a ticket to fly to Phoenix to be with me. She says customs requires she has to have at least $700 U.S. money before …

Is this a good site that I can trust? 
I have been communicating with women off and on for a couple years using a dating site called Russian Women Now. It says the site is Powered by 1st International …

I meet a Russian women online she sent photos of her holding paper that says I love you Derek 
So we have been talking for 8 months. She is from Russia. She emailed my personal email from an agency. She has a tourist visa which she paid for in full. …

Do Ukrainian women usually travel with their translators? 
Hello, I have been corresponding with a Ukrainian woman through the AnastasiaDate site for about 8 months now. I am 66, she is 47, and I chose her because …

Russian woman coming over to Britain for marriage 
There is this Russian Lady coming from Nizhny Novgorod who is looking for a serious relationship... marriage. She emailed me to say shed found my name …

Contacting Ukrainian Women 
In one of the columns you mentioned contacting many women/visit one. How is the best way? I am with Anastasia Date and one of the AFA sites. They're practically …

Is Online Dating Ukraine a scam? 
Hello. Your advice is great and I appreciate this web page. Some of it may be bad news for me though. Without ever reading your page I was glad that …

I am writing a Russian girl with the name of Olga XXXXXXX 
I've been writing her for about 1 month. How do I find out if she is a scammer. Her name is Olga XXXXXXX.I am 30 years older & have my concerns. Her letters …

Still not sure if being scammed  
I've been writing letters back and forth with a Russian woman once a day for 3 weeks now. Is it typical that the woman would not have an phone nor computer. …

Russian Woman 
Met a Russian woman on my personal email she wants me to send my full name, address, phone number and closest international airport closest to me... have …

Was the phone call I received today really her? 
Hello again..... I gave her "A" cell phone number to reach me because I have had my doubts believe me. And the next day..... I just received a …

Tourist Visa 
A beautiful Russian girl contacted me through an American dating website. We have been emailing 3 months. I looked into what would be required to bring …

Is there such a thing a proof of support money before being able to leave russia? 
After many months of correspondence with a Russian woman she was prepared to make a flight to the US. She had all the required documents such as passport, …

Russian dating scam? 
Well I had no idea about the Russian/Ukraine phenomenon. But last month I was contacted by a beautiful lady named Olga from Krasnodar Russia. I kept thinking …

Can I get in any trouble if a Russian woman visits me? 
I met a Russian woman online and we have been emailing for a month and she is in love and wants to come see me. She is borrowing money, and her mother …

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Is Someone with a child less likely to be a scammer? 
I think all the guidelines you've provided about avoiding scammers is SUPER helpful. I'm curious though whether you found scammers mostly don't have a …

Just wanted to say thank you! 
I'm owner of marriage agency in some small Western-European country. (ex-Angelika local office, by the way) I know all the things you are writing about, …

Do You Think I Am Being Scammed? 
I met a woman on the internet from Russia says she can get a travel visa, but wants me to pay for her flight. I offered to get her a flight for £450 pounds, …

I received an email from a Russian woman wanting to meet me and get to know me 
I have been emailing a Russian woman who says she's a dentist and after about a month wants to come and meet me here in United States but will do it with …

I am Hesitant. 
I am Hesitant... Thus I searched for some answers or resolve. I have been writing to a 33 year old, stunningly attractive Russian woman who finds me …

I met a lovely Ukrainian woman online, had 3 visits, but I suspect she may be scamming me 
I met her online with AFA, visited her in Kiev, she visited me in London, and I visited her again in Kiev. And yes, we were very intimate together during …

I am worried about a scam through travel agency 
I have been talking to a girl from Novosibirsk for about a month. She wants to come see me. Gave me name of travel agency that would supply all her travel …

Can it really be 50% chance she is real??! 
I've been talking with this girl for a couple weeks now and everything seemed fine until she asked for money. I don't remember what site it was, but contacted …

Visas/International Passports 
My name is Alex. Who do you recommend using to have a Ukrainian woman come to visit me in the USA, if she needs help preparing her international passport …

Need Help: Romance Compass 
Ok here it is... I've been with Romance Compass for a while and I meet Olga. Everything was going well until she asked me for help. I helped, then after …

Need to know if Olga (ID 34117) on Romance Compass is real 
I want to know if Olga is real and not scamming me. Her name is Olga id on romance compass is #34117. I'm suppose to travel to meet her soon so can you …

I just don't know if this is a scam 
Hello my name is James and I am a single 28yr old Aussie and I am worried :( For a while now I have been emailing this Russian chick and recently she …

Contact with Elena for three months now she wants to come. 
I've been in contact with Elena for the past three months daily. She is in love. She didn't pass the IP test but was insulted from my accusation. She was …

I writing to a Russian women who says she wants to visit me 
I did not join any sites. I have messed around on a few American sites, but I have not sighed up on sites. Here is part of the letter she sent me after …

Too Hot Russian Girl 
Reading your website has raised my suspicions about a hot Russian girl I've been writing. After only a few weeks she is all over me. She all too perfectly …

Looks like a scam, feels like a scam, BUT.....(Part 3) 
Hi Bob Your instinct was spot on (not that I ever doubted you!!) (-: The young lady who wrote to me confirming her visit to the travel agent, and …

Address Confirmation 
Ladies and gentlemen, First I want to thank you for your very useful site. I was in communication with a girl on the site hearts-in-love.com. After …

Not sure if its a set up - Part 2 
About her being in cahoots with Anastasia Date. I didn't meet her thru Anastasia. She is on Anastasia Date but I met her on Cherry Blossoms. I have never …

Is she a scam? 
Hi there, and congratulations on your site! Very helpful! I met a girl on Elena's Models. (This a highly recommended site, where 99% of ladies are real …

Is this a scam? 
Hi Bob I live in England & last week out of the blue I got a email from a Russian girl stating she was looking for a BOYFRIEND I took this as a joke as …

AnastasiaDate 
Is AnastasiaDate.com a reputable sight or is it one of the sights that are just false? Bob's Answer: Click here to read my full review of AnastasiaWeb/Anastasi …

She wrote back claiming the "exit fee" is true... 
I guess some people still try to stick to the scam. I just told her that I will be traveling to Russia next year with the advice you have on site it won't …

Meet a Russian Girl 
Hi, I have met a Russian woman and she answers all my questions, and after 12 emails she wants to come and meet me, but needs me to send her money to come. …

Hi, What are my chances of finding a life partner on Anastasiadate.? 
Hi, My name is Hussain and I live and work in Australia. I have been visiting Anastasiadate.com, but have not been involved in any correspondence with …

Confirming Her Identity 
Hi. I am corresponding with a girl who says she is from Kazan. We have spoken on the phone and shared many emails and photos, but have never spoken over …

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She called me on the phone 
Question: I have been writing a Russian girl for about a month and she seems real. She's not overly beautiful, just nice, but she wants to fly to …

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