I just got done reading a pretty disparaging article about how big the Russian Mafia Online Dating Scam Industry is…

And it’s NOT a “Pretty Picture”…

Even if the entire scam process itself is launched with thousands of images of beautiful women floating around on the internet.

You’ve already heard the stories I’m sure but here’s what a major British Newspaper, the Daily Mail is reporting.

Thousands of people, including many lonely and gullible British men, have lost large amounts of money after entering into correspondence with women on websites, naively beguiled by their warm words, suggestive chat and the sexy pictures they attach to their emails.

When they were asked to send money, which the women claimed was needed for British visas or to buy tickets for travel to Britain, the men readily agreed.

They never saw the money or heard from the women again.

In a final humiliating twist, they found out, usually far too late, that many of the sensuous “women” with whom they had been corresponding were actually men – part of one of the many sinister Russian mafia rings making a fortune out of such scams

I posted an article about this this earlier about how this “boiler room” operation works.  But it’s worth taking an additional look as to what the UK Daily Mail is reporting here..

In this case, the gang used a team of female students, fluent in English, to write to him and even chat on the phone, pretending to be besotted with him…

… No other business pays as well in this grim backwater.

…The capital of the Mari-El republic, Yoshkar-Ola, is 500 miles east of Moscow and is still suffering from the collapse of its manufacturing industry after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.

Today it is estimated that as many as one in 100 residents in the city is involved in dating scams.

… At any one time it is estimated that Yoshkar-Ola has up to 500 scamming “offices” – mostly situated in rented flats fitted with banks of computers and a satellite link for high-speed internet connections.

Now what’s really depressing is understanding the driving economics behind this entire situation and how in my mind the situation is only going to get worse unless more Western Men wise up quickly as to what is happening and how to avoid it.

No wonder this new industry is said to be worth an incredible £40-£ 50 million a year to the city.

One fraudster, who poses as an attractive blonde called Anna Ivanova, said: “The average salary in my city is £75 a month.”

“The choice here is simple – either poverty or larceny. Now I earn £3,000 a month.”

Now although I believe this is an important article to take in it’s clearly only telling one side of the story.

And because of this I smell a bad agenda here.

I’m seeing a biased and slanted story on behalf of this newspaper because if the author wants us to think that all Russian Women on the Internet are con-artists then it certainly does a good job at that even if it’s obviously not true.

This is because there are no quotes from legitimate single Russian Women who will now have an even harder time trying to find a relationship online because of the damage that is done to their reputation in the West by these thugs and gangsters.

Instead we get the following quote from the scammer “Anna Ivanova”.

“People are fools if they want to find a wife on the internet.

“It is not real. I correspond with a whole division of Westerners – and they are all idiots.

“And I am quite successful in the business. I can wait to be noble and honest in my next life.”

I can only imagine what my own reaction would be if I was curious in learning more about Russian Women for the first time and came across the above quote.

I’m sure I’d probably run like hell away from this whole idea if I came across something like that.

And unfortunately this is exactly what I’m sure the author wants you to do.

Now if you’ve read my previous posts you will know that I’m not a fan of online agencies or English dating sites that are “dedicated” to showing off Russian or FSU Women who are “available” to you.

(And in case you need to revisit them here are some links for you.)

As I’ve said many times before I believe the economic incentives and logistical issues are weighted on the wrong side of the equation towards achieving success.

However I do want to be fair about this and at least acknowledge that yes I’m sure there are many legitimate women and men on these sites trying to find each other.


Trying to discover each others true character and intentions solely through emails, chats or even phone calls is just plain dumb.  These mediums are only good for introductions.. nothing more and nothing less.

For example..

Would you try to close any major business deal with someone you’ve never physically met and have no outside personal or historical reference on?

Are you kidding me?

Gentlemen, this is why airplanes, frequent flier miles, and conference rooms were invented.


In Business or in Romance the 80/20 rule ALWAYS applies..

  • ONLY 20% of your POTENTIAL Romance or Relationship depends on your initial correspondence.
  • 80% depends on your ACTUAL MEETINGS with them.

The success stories that you see posted on these agency sites happen because some guy understood this rule and actually got on a plane to check things out for himself. And he may have had to do it several times or more to get it done right.

And Gentlemen it’s no different in the business world if you are trying to close that one deal which can permanently change your financial and professional future.  At some point you need to roll the dice on your “costs” and take the plunge.

So unless you are the kind of guy who believes in handing out employment contracts to people you’ve only gotten resumes from..

I would take EVERYTHING you read from a “potential” woman with whom you are only corresponding to with a grain of salt.

OK that’s all the bad news for now..

Here’s the good news..

This part of the world is LOADED with Fantastic Ladies who have qualities and charms that you can only dream of.

And yes the Mafia boys are trying to exploit this by painting an “easy picture” for you to get together with your “dream girl”.

They know your hungry.. so of course they want to try to be your express pizza delivery service..

Well guys it “don’t work that way”..

So literally, please don’t “buy” into it.

Just understand that there are truly many “Ladies in Waiting” here.

And Ladies in Waiting don’t ask you for money to fly out to you..

Ladies in Waiting are simply just that..

And the rest is up to you.