DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE met a Russian woman online and the romantic in me says: “Yes, come over and visit me.” But the pessimist in me knows this could be a scam.
We’ve been chatting for the past two months. I have developed feelings for her but I’m wary.
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I’m a 38-year-old man and have never had much luck with women, so I thought I’d try an international dating website.
This girl came online and we clicked. She’s 29, says she’s fed up of Russian men and in an ideal world would fly over to meet me.
She sounds genuine but I have heard of scams like this. She hasn’t asked me for money yet.
I think it would be best to video call to get to know her better. But how do I go about doing that?
DEIDRE SAYS: Yes, I would agree – and while it is possible to video call, some social media sites are controlled by the Russian authorities. Ask your service provider what platform it would recommend.
Video calls are fine but there is no substitute for getting to know someone face to face. It will likely be a while before she can visit due to Covid. So keep your options open and explore whether you can date somebody closer to home.
If your long-distance relationship survives, ensure you don’t send any money or give her your personal information. Take things slowly and see what develops. Good luck.
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