I remember a story of American author O'Henry about the legendary scammer Jeff Peters who practiced his skills in matrimonial industry long before the Internet (I read it in grade 6 - of course, in translation to Russian).To refresh your memory, him and his loyal friend Andy Takers decided to organize a low risk venture by placing an ad at a newspaper for singles: "Wealthy nice widow is looking for an honest kind man who will take a good care of her and her capitals.
When a woman from CIS sends you a respond to your recent ad (that you placed for free), the first question you should ask yourself is "How did she pay the membership fee in US dollars that must paid by credit card?
" A woman can place a free ad but cannot send emails to members without payment.
The trick was that everybody who wanted to write to the lady had to pay 50 bucks to have his letter handled to Mrs. Money was pouring in, expenses had been covered, and the venture started to make profits - when police did arrive. Very happy with the presence of the real person and nice figure on the bank's balance, police officer was offered to have his letter handled to Mrs.
Nice Widow free of charge (honestly, I don't remember if he used this generous offer).
What Internet has brought new is the possibility of using typing to express feelings that requires much less actor skills than face-to-face communication. Even phone conversation can give you more clues of what's really going on (though men usually tend to misinterpret subtle signs excusing them by the language barrier). Those girls are below average according to Russian standards - they would not be even considered as beautiful there; I have dozens applications from much nicer and REAL girls every week! Usually the contact originates from a personals site where anyone can place his/her ad for free.