Another approach Russian scammers often use is to post their profiles on Direct-Connection Russian dating sites where there is little or no screening.

Russian scammers post pictures and profiles of beautiful Russian women.

They may have downloaded the pictures of some Russian actress or model who you would not recognize, or they may have downloaded the pictures from a real girl's profile on another site.

Russian scammers are always coming up with new, creative, convincing twists to this basic story...

Like when you offer to buy her flight tickets for her she'll claim that a Russian law requires that she buy her own ticket, so she really just needs you to wire money.

They just put all the email addresses they can collect through this method into a database for later use.

And the "Russian woman" who writes you later won't usually be the pictures on this profile.I have a friend in the travel agency who can get a tourist visa for me to visit you, but I need 0 for the visa and 00 for the airfare. ..." BUT BE AWARE OF A NEW TREND AMONG RUSSIAN SCAMMERS: It is becoming increasingly popular for Russian scammers to disarm your suspicions by talking about plans to come see you in your country, but INSIST on covering all their own expenses for the visit, even if you offer. Sometime, usually immediately prior to her trip to come see you, she will run into some unavoidable cash flow crisis.You can't help but think "Gosh, how could this be a scam if she is paying for the trip? Or, another similar recent favorite is for Russian scammers to claim that they ALREADY have their visa and will be coming to your country and that they just need to choose the city...Well, they may all be real, they may all be fake, or there may be some real and some fake.So a real girl may have posted her profile, and a Russian scammer thought it looked good, so he/she copied the pics and description and posted it on another site.Or, in some cases, the girl writing you actually posts her own pictures.