In a nutshell what is usually happening with these "letter services" (pay-per-letter services) is that the agency is writing letters on behalf of the women, often without their knowledge.Alternatively, the girl may actually be writing the letters, but the agency shares the revenue with her (so she's "real", her name and photos are accurate, she's actually writing, but she's PAID to do it, and the longer she keeps you writing, the more she earns).In some cases men throw around the term "Scam" a bit loosely and label as a scammer any woman who does not fully cooperate.For instance, a guy may invite a Russian woman with whom he has been corresponding to join him for a tropical vacation at his expense. She accepts, but then does not later acquiesce to his physical demands, or maybe she just eventually loses interest.In addition to addressing Russian dating scams, let me also mention "non-scams"...
OR, a man pursues a woman, maybe even sponsors her for a fiancee visa, or even marries her, then after she is here in the U. Or she may have come over with sincere motives but grew very unhappy in the marriage, and maybe that was at least partly the man's fault (and everyone ASSUMES all along she planned to use the man to get to the U. A "scam", at least by my definition, involves INTENTIONAL DECEPTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCIAL PROFIT.
With this kind of scam, the "girl" with whom you think you are corresponding doesn't even exist.
"She" may not even be a woman, could be using stolen pictures, posting them on an online profile, and entering into a fake email dialog, and eventually will try to con her victims into wiring her cash for some urgent need, or for her travel expenses to come see you.
Of all the varieties of Russian dating scams, this is the easiest to recognize and avoid. If you use the services of "marriage agencies" or a marriage agency network to pursue Russian women, then you run a pretty good risk of encountering another family of Russian dating scams known as "Marriage Agency Scams".
At the start you may not even know that you are dealing with an agency or agency network.