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Russian brides for sale scam is the name people commonly use when referring to a type of online scams where scammers pose as a Russian bride or a Russian woman looking for marriage.
Naturally, you cannot "buy" a bride nor there are "Russian brides for sale" (on the Internet or otherwise), however, there is a growing interest among western men in European women, particularly in Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European women, and as with anything in high demand, there are people who try to take advantage of the inexperienced.
There are two typical Russian brides for sale scam scenarios, one of which, for the purpose of this article, we shall call "Visa and ticket scam" and the second type "Agency scam".
Visa and ticket scam
This type of scam is conducted by individuals or small groups, who are posing as Russian women and use various means (usually large online dating sites) to get in contact with potential victims. They often use people living in the target country (U.S.A., Australia, Canada etc) to place profiles on dating sites to avoid detection by IP address and possible deletion of the profile by the website's quality control. Once on the website, they start contacting hundreds or even thousands website members, immediately asking to communicate through a private email address. The scammers use pre-written letters to establish a "relationship" seemingly "falling in love" over the course of correspondence. After exchanging 10-20 letters, they suggest to visit the man in his home country, and ask money for a visa and tickets (thus the name "visa and tickets scam").
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This type of scam is conducted by an online website, which features real Russian women, however, in reality it is just a money sucking machine by the "agency" designed purposefully to make you pay and pay and pay, and not to help you develop a relationship with any of these women.
The system for most "agency scams" schemes is 4-level:
You want to meet real women (some of which indeed want to meet foreign men, for others it's just a job - they are getting paid to be featured as "brides"); however, you cannot really meet these women because of the 2 layers in between (Online Agency and Local Agency), which both try to prevent you from getting in direct contact with real women. Why? Because they make money when you cannot talk to women directly and nothing when you can.
"Agency scam" is based around the communication model where you are requested to send mails through the Online Agency only, and you have to pay for each mail sent and received (or for each minute of online chat/text messaging or video chat). Let's say, you pay $6 per mail: $4 goes to the Online Agency and $2 (commission) goes to the Local Agency. And because you would not want to pay this money for just having your letters forwarded through the mailing system, the agency calls it "translation" - i.e. you are paying for translations to translate the letters you send to Russian/Ukrainian for women, and to translate their letters back to English for you.
This may not sound suspicious or seem to be unfair (translation is work and should be paid for), however, this is highly unlikely your intended recipient (the real woman) ever sees your letter. Imagine how much work should be going into that, really translating your mail (for a mere $2) and then contacting the woman and giving her your letter - because women absolutely cannot get your mails any other way than through the Local Agency (they also cannot register on the site of the Online Agency without being registered with a Local Agency - the Local Agency is the Online Agency's protection against the clients exchanging direct contact details and getting into a real relationship without both agencies).
As such, the Online Agency pushes all the legwork onto Local Agencies (hundreds of them), which it obviously cannot control and check, and the only way for a local agency to make money is the mere "translation" payouts for sending letters to and from women. Now, this about it... is the Local Agency interested in women getting into real relationships, i.e. getting married and leaving the agency? Absolutely not! Is the Local Agency interested in women starting an exclusive relationship with ONE man? Absolutely not! The Local Agency is interested in getting as many as possible letters through the system, or to be paid per minute for online texts and video chat.
Here, you think you would be getting the real deal seeing women online or chatting to them by text in real time. However, it will never be unless you are NOT paying for it. If you are paying per minute (or per letter), this means someone is making money from that and they will never want to give it up! This is where many women are getting paid by the local agency, because if the woman comes to the agency's office and "chats" online (with several men simultaneously, each of whom is paying), then obviously it is inconvenient to her and she must be compensated for that. If she really wanted to meet a man for marriage, it would be easier for her to have a computer at home and do it at her leisure, rather than go to the agency. "But women cannot afford computers" - what rubbish! This may have been true 10 years ago but not today; any woman has a friend or can access email at work or a free public place (like a library); the point being, if you are paying for contact (pay-per-mail or pay-per-minute), and someone is making money from it, you don't know if the contact is actually real or just a money-sucking venture for the Local and Online Agencies.
The only way to know, is to be in DIRECT CONTACT with REAL WOMEN for which no one gets paid per letter or per minute. Then you know the person is talking to you because they want to be talking to you and not because they are paid to do that.
And this is what "agency scam" Russian brides for sale schemes are meticulously trying to prevent: they do not allow exchange of direct contact details. It is the function of the Local Agency which censors your correspondence and removes any direct email addresses, phone numbers, Skype names etc. And if you think you are chatting with women directly on video/text online, so this is not an agency scam, tell your woman to talk to you directly on Skype (without the agency) and see if she wants to do it. If she is getting paid to talk to you (Local Agencies usually pay to women to chat online pay-per-minute with men), then do you think she is going to want to switch to talking to you for free? If she wants a real relationship with you, YES, she would certainly grab this chance; but if payment is the only reason she is talking to you, then obviously she won't. There can be any excuse presented as to "why" she "can't" talk to you for free on Skype (no computer at home, no Internet connection, Internet is too expensive, etc) - but you know it's B.S. if you really want something to happen; you can simply talk on the phone (excuse: no home phone, no mobile phone - rubbish! Everyone in Russia/Ukraine has a mobile phone, it's not 1995).
Can it be for real?
If you want to ask whether it can be for real if you have met a woman through one of the many per-per-letter or pay-per-minute online agencies, the answer is, well, certainly it is possible that your communication is for real. It is possible to win a lottery although not probable. It is possible the woman you like indeed talks only to you and is not getting paid by the agency to chat to you online, or she indeed writes all the letters you receive and receives all letters you write. However, it is not probable. Most contacts based on "agency scam" model are not for real. Although the woman on photos and videos is real, her feelings for you, most likely (probably) not. You can just as well pay for a hooker at home or join any of the hundreds singles chat services ads of which you can find on the back pages of the local "Playboy", you will get the same result (actually with a hooker you are at least guaranteed some action).
How to detect the Russian brides for sale agency scam:
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Can you meet someone real despite "agency scam"?
Once again, it is possible - but not highly probable. You might, but against all odds - and why would you bother?
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