Interview with a professional online dating scammer

Dear friends,

Almost every man who is in search of a Russian or Ukrainian wife thinks about the dangers of online dating scam. You know all these horrible stories on forums and blogs… A scammer here, a scammer there… Russian and Ukrainian dating scams take in tens of millions of dollars each year and most of the victims are men. These scammers are ruthless people who are ripping people off by selling elaborate fantasy stories to unsuspecting men. They know what they are doing and how to get the naive victim to fall for the bait. When the scam is over, the unfortunate victim is left still lonely but with less money.

One of the most frequent questions my readers ask me is if there is a real chance to find a genuine woman through an online dating site or marriage agency. I would answer, yes there is; but not a huge chance.

But then my idea has been to find a really professional scammer who could share her/his insights of this business with me and my readers. After a long search, I finally was able to take an interview with a woman who earns her money by cheating Western men. I highly advise you to read this interview that will help you become smarter in the hard Ukrainian and Russian dating world. Enjoy!

Krystyna: Hello Marina (*note: the name has been changed at the request of the woman)! Thank you very much for taking time to answer my questions. Let’s start as usual! Tell briefly about yourself.

Marina: Hi Krystyna. It is my pleasure to answer your questions. Well, my name is Marina. I’m 34 years old and I live in a small town near Saratov (Saratov is a city and the administrative center of Saratov Oblast, Russia, and a major port on the Volga River. Population: 837,900 (2010). Source: Krystyna). I would add that I am divorced and am a single mom of two daughters. I graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages ​​of Saratov State University (German and English).



Krystyna: How did you become a scammer?

Marina: Life made ​​me become a scammer, namely: poverty of life in the Russian provinces and the inability to properly earn money on a full-time basis. I was actively looking for a job as a translator or copy writer. So I found a local dating agency which was in search of writers and translators. I briefly thought about it. And then I accepted the job offer.

Krystyna: What are your duties at this dating agency?

Marina: The duties are very common. I have to write romantic messages to male customers, tell them how I am in love with them and describe our future together. I am writing this on behalf of the agency’s female customers. But most frequently, I have to create fake profiles of Russian brides and write messages on behalf of these fake brides.

Krystyna: And how do you create these profiles?

Marina: Very simple. I use social networks such as or for searching fake brides. There are many photos of girls who live in small towns and villages in Russia and they have no idea that their pics and information can be used to scam Western men. It is not difficult to create such profiles.


Krystyna: Do you have a fixed salary? Or do you get a percentage of the communication with Western men?

Marina: I have a very small fixed salary (only about $300 per month). Basically, I make money on a percentage base. The more guys respond to my messages and buy credits to communicate, the more I earn. It’s simple math.

I have another job, as well. Sometimes I create my own profile on any online dating site and try to wangle out of Western men hoping to find the perfect partner in Russia. But this business is very time-consuming and hard.

Krystyna: How do you do this business?

Marina: First of all, you need to wait until YOU get a message from a man who is interested in. It is better not to start communicating first because once you sent a nice message to a man, you may be suspected of dishonesty and scam. Then I need to slowly develop our communication and relationship and fall in love in him. Well, then I go with the turned scheme. I write to the man that I need to learn English, but I have no money. It was just one example of my stories… There are really a plenty number of good stories…

But as I said already, this business is hard and takes a lot of time to do. The men become really cautious and I must give my best and make any effort to get money from them. Often, I get nothing despite of a few months of intensive communication.

Krystyna: Why are you doing this? You know exactly that you’re playing with other people’s feelings and emotions. You use their thirst of love and tired of being alone for your own purposes. Honestly, I cannot imagine that I’m doing this kind of work!

Marina: Dear Krystyna, you are not me! You live in Western Europe and have a regular job. You have a husband who cares for you and your child. I live in Russia, not in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg but in a small awful town! There are no jobs, no perspectives, and no motivation. Just nothing! I have two kids who want to eat and drink! I have to care for them. You say that I am scamming men. No, I am trying to survive there.

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Krystyna: I got it… Thank you for your honest responses! Do you want to add anything at the end of our interview?

Marina: In most cases, the men are to blame of becoming victims of online dating fraud. No one is forcing them to buy credits to communicate with women or to send money to the women they hardly know or have never met offline. I just use this stupidity and naivety to survive…


krystyna Questions? Feel free to ask Krystyna, your Ukrainian dating expert 🙂 (s. here: Contact Krystyna)



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Krystyna is a Ukrainian woman who blogs about dating Ukrainian & Russian women and how to deal with intercultural differences in a Ukrainian/Russian-Western relationship.

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