Sometimes scammers might pay some local girl a minimal fee to sit and pose for pictures and to pick up money at the Western Union. The gang may also have accomplices in certain Western Union locations.
Their profiles may say whatever: that they are from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Volgograd, Chelyabinsk, Kiev, Odessa, sometimes even USA.
But as you know, the money wired via Western Union can be picked up at any city and at any Western Union location, so it doesn't mean anything.
The vast majority of scammers are in Mari El and Lugansk. Just like Mari El is the scam center of Russia, Lugansk is the scam center of Ukraine. No matter what the profile says: Donetsk, Kharkov, Kiev, whatever, this is all Lugansk gang.
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What we don't like about the existing Russian scam lists is that they provide the impression that there are thousands of Russian scammers out there, and behind each scam profile stays different girl (or guy, whatever). We are absolutely convinced: Russian girls are NOT scammers!Most of the Russian scam (about 90% of it, if not more) originates form the same 2 sources: REPUBLIC OF MARI EL in Russia and LUGANSK in Ukraine.The other 10% originates from pro-daters, mostly from South of Ukraine, like Odessa, Nikolaev, etc..About 20 million accounts on a Russia-based dating website called Topface, according to a report by Bloomberg. The thief who operated under the alias "Mastermind" then offered the accounts for sale on a website used by cyber criminals, which was detected by the fraud-detection software-maker, Easy Solutions Inc. hackers can use stolen credentials to try to access bank accounts, health records or other more sensitive data," Easy Solution's CEO Daniel Ingevaldson told Bloomberg in a phone interview."Ingevaldson said such personal information usually sells quickly, to fraudsters who use automated software programs to find sites where people used the same information they did to access the dating site," according to Bloomberg.