All true Russian dating scams are about tricking you out of your money, so as long as YOU control how and where your money is spent, you won't be scammed.
Avoiding Russian Women Scams is my best one-page guide on how to avoid being scammed.
But dating scams are EASILY AVOIDABLE with just a little common sense combined with a little guidance.
In the relatively short history of my site it is clear that Russian dating scams is the subject of greatest interest to my readers.
With this kind of scam, the "girl" with whom you think you are corresponding doesn't even exist.
"She" may not even be a woman, could be using stolen pictures, posting them on an online profile, and entering into a fake email dialog, and eventually will try to con her victims into wiring her cash for some urgent need, or for her travel expenses to come see you.
The most obvious indicator that you're dealing with an agency or agency network is that you pay for each message to any girl to whom you write, and usually you must pay for her reply (if she replies).
Direct scams usually perpetrated through email is the first category.
If you sign up for "direct-connection sites" (sites where members communicate directly with one another without any human intermediaries - like Match.com) and correspond via email with women you meet online, you will definitely encounter "Email Scams".
Russian dating scams involving marriage agencies (i.e.
marriage agency scams) usually start with "letter forwarding services" and "gift services".