One of my favorite quoted expression is: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." (Benjamin Franklin - 1706-1790) But there are also many variants, that are 'close' to swindle practices, but not (yet) labeled as real illegal organizations.
These are organizations that will use methods to keep you as long as possible as a paid customer, or those who ask far too much money for their services.
For example, some web sites have over 20.000 profiles, however this is not a reason to find any scam inside this Agency, it only gives you an impression how many profiles you can find on the 'entire' web.
Ask specific questions and check if you receive answers on these questions In case you are using an Agency with email forwarding or other mail-services, and your correspondent is not responding on your specific personal questions, this could be a sign of being suspicious.Another important thing is to confirm with her if your (original) letters indeed are reaching her.You can also first visit our recommended agencies that you can find in this topic.Write a detailed introduction letter (preferable translated in Russian), to receive a detailed reply of the woman If you write your Russian lady for the first (introduction letter) time, please write a detailed letter about yourself.These persons mostly don't answer your specific questions and don't give much personal information, but use general (predefined) text for their letters.
This is at least a sign that you have to be careful.
Citizen, then this warning counts for any person from any country who wants to contact a Russian woman with the purpose for romance! Magic visas for Russian brides Tips and information why Russian brides can't get business or tourist visas to enter the United States Ever received a letter like this? They make visa, foreign passport, buy the tickets and even find a hotel where I can stay. When to be careful or even suspicious (these indicated signs are not enough to protect yourself from being scammed, they are just some possible red-flags.
By the way I know a travel agency here, that can organize the trip to your country very quickly. if no, then put these words right above your computer, in case you will receive a letter similar like this.
For the woman it's important to see that the man who is writing to her is serious about finding a new partner.
To be very serious in your intentions and to be very open to her, gives you a response which you can analyze as reliable or not.
But if this and all our other information is not enough for you to feel yourself 'well prepared' and certain then you always can decide to provide yourself with more information, tools or services.