You may think it's just a big dating website, but in reality it is a network of local agencies.

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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.

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".

In addition to addressing Russian dating scams, let me also mention "non-scams"...

those behaviors that sometimes leave some men feeling scammed, but that don't really qualify as scams.

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.

She agrees, but during the trip she refuses him sex, or later loses interest. He demands the gifts be returned and labels her a scammer. Well, there may be a small chance that all she wanted was citizenship (according to common American beliefs, that's all any of them want - see my discussion of Russian Women Myths for more about that), but that's very rare. But when the divorce rate in America is over 50% anyway why is it that only foreign women who get divorces are labeled as engaging in "marriage scams"? None of these are Russian dating scams by any fair definition.

OR, a man pursues a woman, maybe even sponsors her for a fiancee visa, or even marries her, then after she is here in the U. Or she may have come over with sincere motives but grew very unhappy in the marriage, and maybe that was at least partly the man's fault (and everyone ASSUMES all along she planned to use the man to get to the U. A "scam", at least by my definition, involves INTENTIONAL DECEPTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCIAL PROFIT.

These scams are lucrative mostly because they prey upon distance and anonymity.