Is Max Polyakov reinventing ‘fake dating’?

Russian/Ukrainian bride scheme is neither new nor original to the first Cupid affair. It was flourishing on the earliest dates of the Net. A lot of young and not-so-young Western gentlemen spent a fortune to sponsor their would-be-spouses only to discover that the entire romance was faked by some talented students from, lets guess, Yoshkar-ola.

…are using photos of young women and write letters to men pretending to be “a Russian woman seeking for a husband”. Most “writers” are male students of the local university, department of foreign languages. They ask women to give them their data and receive for them money transfers, giving women some money for their trouble… Foreign men are requested money for “visa and tickets” for the “girl”… Money usually is requested via Western Union or Money Gram, first for visa, then for tickets, then for insurance.Classic scam

No, really, Yoshkar-Ola is the most prominent base of dating scams. But generally the scam was widely used across both Russia and Ukraine very often, adding the sour taste to ‘Slavic bride’ phenomena. Max Polyakov has attempted to do it en masse with his Cupid, but the scam was debunked.

In XXI century there is little room for the original scam, because of wide use of video chats and mobile communication. Would-be-grooms will not pay for mythical brides basing only on dating profile and some getty photos. So the new version of the scam involves real women. According to some signals one of the Max Polyakov’s venues, The Together Networks pays (or at least attracts in this manner) for young attractive women to participate in video chats with foreigners. Their main role is to push men to pay for some expenses.

It obviously harms the reputation of Ukraine, already somewhat spoiled by earlier scams.

Here are some illustrative stories:

The article is also available in Russian.


Author: mpoleng

One day I woke up and decided: I'll be the best fan of Maxim Polykov ever. Moreover, I will became his impersonator, his second identity. I knew that it is hard task to complete. But I will win, I am definitely sure about it.

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