Lets talk about individual scammers, those who place their profiles on the different online dating services, free and paid.What we don't like about the existing Russian scam lists is that they provide the impression that there are thousands of Russian scammers out there, and behind each scam profile stays different girl (or guy, whatever). We are absolutely convinced: Russian girls are NOT scammers!In what is thought to be the first formal academic study of its kind, researchers at Leicester University have attempted to measure the true scale of online dating danger from the fraud potential perspective.Although it has been difficult to get a true grasp on the scale of this type of scam, not least thanks to the embarrassment problem which often leads to such crimes not being reported to law enforcement agencies, the research did reveal that one in every 50 people questioned claim to know someone personally who has fallen victim to the online dating con artists. The scammer creates a fake identity on a dating or social networking site.Photographs of attractive people, often female models and male army officers, are copied from elsewhere online and one will be attached to the fake profiles. An online conversation will be initiated, and at some point further photographs from the 'stolen' portfolio of images are exchanged with the potential victim in order to further entice them into believing that the person they are communicating with is genuine. Once an online relationship has been established, and moved away from the originating site to email, often within a week or so of the initial contact, the scammer will pretend to be in urgent need of financial help and a carefully prepared backstory will be employed to add credibility to the plea for help. If a victim has been persuaded to part with cash once, then the scammer will return to feed upon the prey time and time again until suspicions are aroused and then vanish into the ether never to be heard of again, at least not with that identity.Just how much can be conned out of the romantically desperate in these circumstances?Most of the Russian scam (about 90% of it, if not more) originates form the same 2 sources: REPUBLIC OF MARI EL in Russia and LUGANSK in Ukraine.
Further investigations by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) reveal that the sums involved can range from £50 () at the lowest end of the fraud scale, right up to a staggering £240,000 (9,000) in the worst case it was involved in.
Of course there are some freelance scammers out there (monkey see monkey do), but their number is very insignificant compared to the number of scam profiles generated daily by Mari El and Lugansk.
Yes, there is a criminal organization in Mari El behind the Russian scam and in Lugansk behind Ukrainian scams.
More than likely it is some ugly dude from a third world country who just learned to use a computer.
They found a hot picture and posted it on the dating site.