Most of the ladies on this dating website are originally from Bulgaria and the rest are from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Tajikistan, Poland, Czech Republic, etc.

There is generally no woman even involved, and the scammers may even be in the US; see this story in the San Diego News: American MAN sentenced to 5 years in jail for "Russian Brides" scam Life in Russia is no picnic.

Except for the those at the top, life is generally very hard.

And then send for Mikhail, her boyfriend/husband, who's been waiting back in Russia.

There's presumably no way you can guard against this - anyone who is patient can perpetuate this scam anywhere.

The reason for the slight difference in dating is the imbalance in the population in Russia; due to sheer lack of men it is simply harder to find a husband for Russian brides or Russian women.

In some cases in Russia one can find a woman much younger partner for dating but remember, the greater your age difference, the less the chances of your marriage surviving and more chances of getting married to someone who has no feelings for you, but plenty of financial plans...

She hopes that once you have invested time and money getting to know her, you won't mind she's not as young, pretty or educated as she had claimed.

Often, the photos belong to an international photo model.

You will be able to find subservient women in some other countries such as Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Laos etc.

Beautiful young Asian girls will absolutely readily marry men much older than themselves!

The airline tickets can easily be exchange for cash, so don't think that sending tickets buys you any protection.