Instead of grooming victims for sizable money transfers, Ukrainian swindlers go through pay-per-letter international dating sites that charge for communication.

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Various job ads offer a 25-75% commission to letter writers. Agents get commission for each communication from the master site that has the ability to process foreign credits cards online (which local Ukrainian agents don’t have).

The local agent also cannot develop a sophisticated software program and doesn’t have the marketing budget that the master site has.

Profile verification on dating sites is a feature that is worth its weight in gold. There are dating sites that boast tens of thousands of verified profiles, with copies of documents and video greetings recorded on file.

And then those sites allow manifold months-long swindles that rip off their clients for millions of dollars, while getting the first cut on the profits. There is a whole industry of selling and leasing verified dating profiles in Ukraine, which is the primary provider for websites advertising Russian brides.

Each letter writer is paid according to an individual agreement with the agent.

The best letter writers, who can entice and keep men hooked, are paid higher percentages of income.

Pretty young women are paid to pose for photos (these positions are advertised as “models”).

They are promised percentages from the income their profiles generate & gifts that men send.

Agents entice girls with tales of foreign men sending jewellery and i Phones to their pen pals.

If a man sends a gift, the model is allowed to keep it.

Or, if it is them writing emails and chats (this happens, albeit rarely – pretty women have better things to do at night than entertaining single foreigners with online love confessions), then they are doing it because they want commission, and not because they like the guy and desire to be with him.