Are you considering finding a Russian wife, corresponding with a Russian woman, using a Russian dating agency, already been scammed or just want to be sure that your correspondent and relationship is genuine?
She hopes that once you have invested time and money getting to know her, you won't mind she's not as young, pretty or educated as she had claimed.
Often, the photos belong to an international photo model.
(And if your photo appears in any scams, here, or on other websites, let us know so we can remove it or help in the process!
) Just like the Nigerian letter scams and the fake lotteries, there is often no real woman wanting to meet you; it is just a scam to get you to send money (for many different reasons: translations, agency commissions, to pay fees, sick brother, etc) or airline tickets.
The airline tickets can easily be exchange for cash, so don't think that sending tickets buys you any protection.