The photos of girls on the phony Russian profiles come from different sources.
The majority is stolen from the Russian social networks, like (the Russian analog of Facebook).
If Mari El mostly scam for visa and ticket, Lugansk scams for translation services.
But Lugansk scammers are easier to detect by their photos.
Of course there are some freelance scammers out there (monkey see monkey do), but their number is very insignificant compared to the number of scam profiles generated daily by Mari El and Lugansk.
Yes, there is a criminal organization in Mari El behind the Russian scam and in Lugansk behind Ukrainian scams.
The activity of this criminal organization is enormous, they place hundreds of profiles out there every day.Those are real girls, who invite you to visit them and start "milking": shopping, restaurants, gifts, etc... But this is happening in any country and in any culture, Philippines for example.We don't believe pro-dating is only Russia-related.Lets talk about individual scammers, those who place their profiles on the different online dating services, free and paid.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!