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Africans Are Not The Only Romance Scammers Out There, Ukrainian & Russian Women Are Also Heavily Involved In Dating And Marriage ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.

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In The World Of Romance, It Takes All Kinds.

Every dating site has a huge number of Eastern European Women looking for willing men.

How Do You Spot The Scammers From The Real Ones?

It is much more difficult, if not impossible initially.  There are some clues.  However, you first have to understand their situation.

Women in Ukraine

Women in Ukraine are the most frequent posters of profiles, so you will encounter them more often than from other former Soviet Bloc countries.  The living conditions for many are not great, and the culture does not favor single women.  So it can be heartbreaking to hear their stories.  However, there is also a thriving industry in helping them find mates, both honest and dishonest.  The lines between the two are very confused also.

Legitimate women will have a sad story – it is common – you will want to send flowers and/or small gifts.  But if they suggest a specific business for this be concerned.  It is too easy to find an online florist, so you really don’t need help – just make sure you call your credit card company and tell them you are making ONE payment in Ukraine and not to allow any more.  Sending Western Union funds is also a red flag in the first month.  After a few months then maybe, but the good thing about scammers is that they have little patience, so they will pitch their scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. within a couple of weeks.  If you get past a month of frequent chatting and emails without a money request, odds improve that the woman is honest – no guarantee, but better odds.

Use Webcam or Video Calls

Another little clue is if you can see her on a webcam – look for anything out of the ordinarily,  such as if she lives with a man – she might claim him to be her brother, cousin, etc.  This could be true, but more likely this is her husband or boyfriend, and you are being played.

Look for Gifts or The Demand For Gifts

Look for a lot of stuffed animals as well, this is a sign of gifts from other men.  One of the scams is that they get a commission from the florists and gift shops, so getting many men to buy them gifts is the scam in and of itself.

You Should Never Give Your Credit/Debit Card Information Directly To A Ukraine Business Over the Web or Phone

Credit card fraudCard Fraud Card Fraud is one of the most commonly referenced fraud definitions. It occurs when a fraudster uses a card (debit or credit) to make a purchase without the authorization of the cardholder. Card fraud can occur in-person or through digital channels. is also very common, so remember to call your bank and tell them IN ADVANCE about the transaction you are going to make.

Over All Risk

Otherwise, the risks are far lower overall with Eastern Europeans than with the hidden African scammers, but they do exist.  The highest risk with Eastern Europeans is in Immigration FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. – meaning that you are just a stepping stone.  The only solution to that is to take lots of time before making the leap.

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