Finding your true love online is becoming more and more popular in our busy modern world, where people have no time for old-fashioned courtship.
The advantages of online dating are numerous: it's cheaper than going out to fancy restaurants or clubs, there are never "bad hair" or "nothing to wear" days on your first date, and if the date goes sour it is much easier to withdraw from an embarrassing situation by just clicking an "off" button.
Women from Russia, Ukraine and other regions of the former Soviet Union have long been a popular choice for many eligible bachelors in the USA and Western Europe.
We help couples with all the travel arrangements: visas to Russia and other countries, airline tickets (international and domestic), train tickets, accommodations in hotels and serviced apartments, transfer, guides, etc.
In most cases we deal with happy couples longing to see each other, however, we do get occasional phone calls from frustrated grooms whose "dream girl" turned out to be a scammer.
Signs that you might be scammed: From our experience we should warn you that anyone can become a victim of a scam.
When it comes to matters of the heart even the most brilliant man can be tricked if he is not informed on tactics used by scammers.
We have compiled a list of possible scam-scenarios we hear most often from our clients looking for a life-partner abroad.
We hope this information will help you not fall into a fraud trap.
Although your lady friend might have some legitimate reasons not to invite you to her home-country (and we hope the reason is not already having a husband at home or not even being a woman you think you are corresponding with) it should still raise a red flag for you.
Do not send her any money, offer to buy her a ticket instead. Even if she writes to you that an airline ticket would cost two or three times less in Russia (which is questionable) , do not send her the money! Most likely you are being set up for a "visa and tickets scam" when a bride asks you for money to pay for her tickets and visa and then disappears once she gets it. Ask her to provide more details on the University that she is going to come to study at, and then contact that University.