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Wonderful site and excellent service! For those of us genuinely searching for that "one special woman" Elena restores a lot of lost faith that we may actually be able to do this without losing a fortune and getting a broken heart in the process!

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Thanks for all of your information, particularly the scam warnings. I am interested in Russian women not only for their impressive beauty, but even more for their obvious intelligence, grace, and desire to live with men, rather than compete. This is a minefield, but the treasure is certainly worth it. 

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I got this scammer on my personal ad last week. I had never imagined of looking for someone in Russia. On the contrary, I was pretty much against the idea of international relationship/marriage. Then, because of this scam, I happened to find your web site. Sure enough, I was stunned to find the exact letter and "her" name and mailing address on the recent black list. It was on your web site. Your web site info saved me.

But ironically, because of this scam, I got to know your web site. I've read your e-book of "anti-scam" and now this e-book by Ms. Smiley. Now I'm starting to think quite positively about finding someone again. If I do find someone special, I will learn from the lesson in the past and make it work this time.

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I have returned from Donetsk, Ukraine after a wonderful visit with Yuliya, who I met through your agency. I stayed with Yuliya and her parents, and was treated like family member. I first began writing and calling Yuliya back in October, and now we are engaged. She is a wonderful woman, and we are a  perfect match. Her photo was the reason I joined your site, and soon we will always be together! All I can say guys, is don't give up. 

After five years of searching and listing my own scams on this site, Yuliya and I found each other. Your lady is waiting for you too. All the best. 


Elena you've saved my life. Yes, this is true. Only recently I found your site, and was excited that I would find a real relationship opportunity.  Shortly after that on another site I had my own ad on, I was contacted by a Russian woman and we started corresponding. As I've been constantly reading all the pages on your site, and just this week started receiving your free 9 SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING RUSSIAN WOMEN email, I both realized I was making some mistakes in my words to that woman AND THEN that I shouldn't trust such an unsolicited free web site contact. Well, I will post the details through your scam report email, but only after I allow the final "send me the money" email, but long story short, your site led me to another that I started reading scam letters on. It turns out the woman I'm in correspondence with is using email IDENTICAL to ones sent by a famous scammer from a couple years ago, of course with new photos and new home town! 

SO - you see, I know now that you are an angel and my gratitude will show when I sign up for your site. First I will let this scammer run her course and that will give me enough time to recuperate from the trauma - fortunately I'd not intended to send any money, however it was a major shock to think that I was being played the fool.

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I want to thank you for an honest and reliable business. Your sites are the only ones where I rarely have clients asking to check their girlfriends. I know that the only reason for that is an honest and open working relationship with the clients.

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IN THE NEWS: American MAN sentenced to 5 years in jail for "Russian Brides" scam

So you thought those "Russian brides" were canny and stealing money from nice western guys? NO, scammers are mostly MEN pretending to be Russian women seeking love! And this scam was run FROM THE U.S.A.

In his guilty plea 40-year-old Robert McCoy from San Diego, California, admitted defrauding more than 250 men and agreed to pay back his victims whopping US$737,521. Investigators say there could be more victims that have not been identified. The fraud utilized the infamous "visa and airfare" scheme: McCoy and his wife Anna were posing as Russian women seeking marriage and a non-existing Russian marriage agency that would provide women with visas and tickets. (Click here for earlier reports on this scam.)


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This is the first Russian Women Black List (since 1999).

The structure of the Black List is as following:

All old stories (more than a few months old) are compiled together as alphabetical archive, and now include photos of women-scammers and links to related articles. New additions/updates are added separately, and are accessible from this page.

If you are looking for a particular person/agency, check similar names (may be different variations or spellings). Some scams are running under dozens of different names.

And thank you for your feedback!!

Last updates were added March 28, 2014 Page 676
Next updates will be published around April 25, 2014.

DISCLAIMER: This page is compiled from visitors' comments only. All messages posted tell about personal experiences of their authors, and not necessarily reflect the position of Russian Brides Cyber Guide

My Trip to St. Petersburg to a Girl I Met Online - What REAL Russian girls are like?

By Matt (USA): "I agree wholeheartedly with people who have written here about Russia and how safe it is, the friendliness of the people, the warmth, etc. The time we spent together was magical... Russian women are SMART, WARM, CARING, and most of all, desirous of being wanted, loved by, and cared for by a man who isn't playing games with them."


  • Real Russia and Real Russian Women - By Colin (USA): "Russia has more millionaires and billionaires per capita than any other country in the world. Their education system is perhaps the best in the world. The Russian health system is superior in almost all categories. [Russian women] are so much more fine than Western women; you would need a book to describe that fineness. Astounding. Beyond all belief -- exceptionally wonderful..."
  • American Men Have The Right to Enjoy Themselves in Eastern Europe - By James (USA): "Since the women in E. Europe and Russia are intelligent, socially savvy and above average, shouldn't they be free to feel the automatic emotion of attraction that runs through all of us? Shouldn't these girls have the freedom to decide for themselves who they will and will not sleep with?"
  • She Would Marry Me Only If I Moved To St. Petersburg - By Robert (USA): " I also have been to Saint Petersburg twice. I met a woman who I can tell you for once in my life it was love at first sight... Contrary to the Myths that the women just want to leave Russia and will marry anyone to do so, she would marry me only if I moved to Saint Petersburg".

Angels in Russia

There are probably a few hundreds of Russian dating scammers on today's Internet - but there are also thousands of real Russian women with usual women's dreams of love, marriage and family: A true-life Story of Dan and Val, who met over the Internet and fell in love: "I subscribed to an internet dating service a couple years ago, expecting to only communicate with American women. I did that, met a few, had a girlfriend from Germany for about a year, but I also received a couple interests from Russian women (which turned out to be scams). They intrigued me enough to make me wonder if I should look outside our country, Russia in particular..."

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Internet dating scammers arrested in Russia

In May 2001 Terry, an Australian man scammed by a gang of Internet con-artists, sent his story to Russian Bride Cyber Guide's Black List. We published his report. But Terry not only sent a warning to others. He  continued tracking down the criminals. He even sent a letter to President Putin requesting his help in investigation. The final of the story was dramatic and hit pages of newspapers all over the world. Now radio and TV-stations are eager to talk to Terry but he is not keen to give interviews. But guess what? We have some exclusive comments directly from him! Click here

10 simple anti-scam tips from a Russian woman
- By Maria Koshkarova

A short while ago I found the black list, shown here. No need saying that scammers can reach pretty much anybody, who is looking for a life partner online. However I noticed (after reading the letters shown in the list) that there are certain things, you can notice before the scammer reaches your bank account. Why do I write this? Because I am also one of you (more or less), somebody who is looking for a life partner and decided to give it a try online. I am a Russian woman of 23 y.o. and I think, I know what a woman is looking for online if she is not a scammer. So, here are my tips, I hope, they can help somebody to avoid a problem...

Men, stop breeding Russian scammers! - By David Timmerman

Men in America get scammed by women here all the time. My best friend is a lawyer and he tells me about cases where men sent money to women under false pretences. It's because American men have the idea they can buy a woman and American women will let you try. We have created our own flock of scammers right here in America. Many American men (including myself) will complain that women have heads like cash registers but they never think that we are the ones that created this. Women in Russia are more interested in your warm heart and great personality, not your money. They are not looking for a meat ticket like American women - but sending them money is changing that...

Advice from a 27 y/o Russian woman engaged to an American about scams and scammers

The reason I am here is that a friend of my husband (let me call him like this), has decided to marry a Russian woman, thinking they all should be as nice as me. My husband is 34 while I am 27, while this friend in America is 48 and also wants a young woman. He got some ads of Russian women, and I could tell pretty easy it was all scam. Can I share my opinion with you, speaking from a point of view of a Russian woman...

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What to do if you have been scammed:

1. Apply to your local state or federal enforcement agency and request to prosecute the criminals that stole your money. (It is the nearest police station where you would report a house burglary, for example.)

2. Report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center of FBI at

3. Send a complaint to your country's Embassy in the country where the scammer resides AND their Embassy in your country - for example, if you live in USA and the scammer resides in Russia, you should send your complaint to the USA Embassy in Russia and Russian Embassy in the USA.

Send it via registered mail, and include with your report:

  • Name and surname of the scammer (the person on whose name the money was sent, even if it is different from the name of the person your were corresponding with).
  • Details of the scam - a complete story including dates, names of the persons and websites, printed copies of letters, copies of Western Union receipts etc.
  • Request to hand your complaint to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the country where the scammer resides (where you have sent the money to) and request to prosecute the scammer and recover your money.
  • Your name, address, email address and phone number.
  • Print the complaint, number the pages and initial every page, sign the last page.
  • Include a copy of your ID/passport (page with your name and photo).

Click here for an example

Such a complaint will be considered as an official statement, and can be used by authorities to initiate a criminal investigation, and, possibly, recover your money.

Without official complaints authorities are not able to prosecute scammers.

4. Inform the website where you have found this person (or where s/he has found you), giving them all details of the scam and asking to remove the scammer from their pages. Request response.

5. Inform the service provider where the scammer's email account has been registered, and ask them to disable this address. Request response.

Use aliases POSTMASTER and ABUSE; so if the address was report it to and Forward them the letter with money request and the story of how you have been scammed. (Sometimes aliases POSTMASTER and ABUSE can be disabled and in the return letter you will be given a different email address or a link to the website to file your complaint. You can also check the website of the email provider to find a link to report abuse: i.e. check the website and look for the link "Report abuse" or "Report spam".)

6. If you have sent money to a scammer via Western Union, report it to Western Union fraud department and customer support department. Request response.

7. If your scammer is from RUSSIA or UKRAINE, send information to Russian Police (only if you have sent money to a scammer).

8. Send a report to the Black List.
See how to compile your report

Your responsible position helps protect others!

PLEASE NOTE: We at Black List don't do anything else except publishing reports that we receive from our visitors. If you want criminals to be prosecuted, please apply to authorities and lay charges. DO IT. It's proven to work. 

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I am in contact with scammers; how do I catch them?

If you have detected that you are in contact with a scammer (found the same letters or photos in the Black List updates or Black List archive, have been asked for money for any reason by a person you met online, etc), this is what you should do:

  1. Don't let them know you are onto them. 
    Keep corresponding and make sure you get the money request, and the exact NAME of the person to send the money to. This is the only real thing in the whole scam - photos, letters, stories and feelings are all fake. Keep them busy; they only have so much time on their hands. Play along; they often don't even read the letters until they ask you for money. When they ask for money, send them to the bank a few times - give them an imaginary money transfer number (Western Union has 10-digit numbers; MoneyGram - 8-digit numbers). Waste their time as they have wasted yours. Have fun.

  2. Send us your account, the current photos and letters they use
    This will help other potential victims to avoid being scammed. You can add-on to your report later. Make sure you compile your report exactly according to our requirements, so it can be published quickly.

  3. As soon as you have been asked for money, send a warning to Western Union and Money Gram that this person is a fraud. 
    This will prevent criminals from receiving money from other victims.

  4. Unfortunately, right now it is very difficult to catch the criminals in the action (when they receive the money transfer). This is because the money transfer can be picked up at any location within the country or even in another country, i.e. it's impossible to define where exactly the criminals will show up to pick up the money. We at Black List are just an informational service - we do not catch criminals. Report the crime to If they consider it worthy of investigation, they will contact you.

  5. If your scammer is from RUSSIA or UKRAINE, send information to Russian Police (only if you have sent money to a scammer).

How to add a comment to this page

Please read the following guidance and follow the instructions:

1. ONLY send the story of how YOU have been scammed.
If you have not been scammed but only suspect you are being scammed, click here.

2. Write your story in the following order:

  • Heading (scammer's name/city/country) = "Subject" line for your email message.
  • A few words about yourself (for example, "I am a single father of 2, white American, 45 years old, self-employed") - OPTIONAL
  • What happened (which website the contact originated from, for how long it was going, what it was about).
  • How the money request was handled, on whose name the money was sent (or requested), how much, how many times.
  • What was the final of the story (if you informed the website, what did they do).
  • Photos and letters of the scammer (preferably the initial letter and the letter with money request, and 2-3 most clear photos).
  • Your name - sign your story.
  • Email address for contacts (to be published along with the story), add under the signature - OPTIONAL
  • The complaint should be compiled as ONE MESSAGE, please copy and paste the text of the letters in chronological order.


PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately I do not have time for editing your stories. I receive about 200 emails a day without scam reports. (Most of my time I successfully help single Russian women and western men to find each other; this Black List is just my volunteer input to the community. Click here to read more about me) So please put all the facts together, clear and straight to the point - so anyone of any intellectual level would understand what happened. Emotions are fine but do not let them overwhelm the facts.

3. Send your story to Russian women black list (you need to re-type the email address)

Send your report as an email message to the address above. Attach 3-4 most clear photos of the alleged scammer.

Where and whom can I ask scam related questions?

If you want to ask a scam related question, or find out about an agency or a girl you can do it in one of the following ways:

Way #1 (Long and tedious):
Read the Black List and see if your question has already been answered.

Right now, the Black List contains more than 500 pages of information. Browse and read. Check if your situation is the same. Check all the names, addresses and odd phrases from the letters you receive (especially personal names, mispronunciations etc). Copy and paste and put in quotation marks phrases up to 10 words, and see if someone has used the same phrases in letters before. Click here to search the Black List.

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