Local agents quickly realised that the more women they have in a database, and the more letters and chats they send, the more money they can make.Women who seek a partner abroad have no desire to sit at the computer for eight hours a day typing letters to men, many of whom they don’t even like.These local agents check women’s documents, hire a photographer to take photos of her, translate her questionnaire to English and upload it to the “mother” site.The local agent has access to the woman’s profile on the site, through an admin panel and has the ability to alter, delete, or operate it.If you search for Russian women or Ukrainian ladies, you will see tons of listings of websites, most of which will be using the PPL scheme.
The pay per letter (PPL) online dating scam has been around for over a decade, but it is only during the last few years that it has become rampant in Ukraine; it is less spread in Russia.
This is until their letter writing expenditure extends into thousands of dollars.“We will find him someone else when he visits here”, that is what a local agent in my home town Ekaterinburg, Russia, told me, when he was trying to convince me to answer a man I didn’t like, but who liked my profile very much.
I refused, but I am not sure the guy didn’t get an “answer” from me and wasn’t lured to visit.
Their job may be finished after the initial photo session, or they can, if they desire, attend meetings with their online suitors when they visit Ukraine and enjoy free meals and ask for more gifts, which they are allowed to keep.
In the beginning, the men who are receiving sweet love stories and confessions from girls 20-30 years younger than them don’t think that paying per letter is a big deal.