1.This lady has asked for unspecified financial help. I request that you investigate her under your anti-scam policy. If she is insincere, then I will not want to communicate with her again. Please advise.
2.Some comments from our former client about our services and his experience in finding a Russian wife:
3.This lady scammed me out of a gift and lunch last july...
4.Why you are listed on a anti scam site as a untrust worthy agency?
5.The girl wrote that I had written her from Africa, when I am in Irkutsk. What is wrong?
6.The girl signed her letter Ksyusha, when in her profile her name is Kseniya. Is it a scam?
7.Do you interview any of the women that are advertised on your site? What backgrounds checks to you do and what sort of ID do you check?
8.If the majority of women using this site are poor and have no passport so they cannot travel why do you not have these details on their profile?
9.Why is it that your site uses photos taken by professionals in a studio environment instead of using normal photos taken outside?
10.I wrote to the girls and they never really answered my 2 page letters except with about ten lines of nothingness. I have been scammed good and proper on two occasions, maybe it is another scam...
This lady has asked for unspecified financial help. I request that you investigate her under your anti-scam policy. If she is insincere, then I will not want to communicate with her again. Please advise.
We investigate EVERY case when a woman asks for money. If you are scammed by a woman in our database, we will return you money you spent on corresponding with her. And NEVER SEND MONEY to a woman you do not know very well or have not met personally.
Some comments from our former client about our services and his experience in finding a Russian wife:
During my four years of horror (after my English!! - ex wife left me, our two daughters aged 14 and 16 at the time, the business, the house....), I was in contact with 3 Agencies, about 12 ladies, I met 7, I visited Ukraine 5 times, I had two ladies come and visit me in France after I visited them... before I found my love!
That is to say it is not a scam, it is entirely feasible, Army of Brides are certainly the best people I have come across to help us..... BUT it is not a doodle. It is expensive, time consuming, stressful. We western men are targeted by gold diggers (twice, I had a relationship nearly destroyed by a so-called "friend" of the lady I was in contact with, who instead of helping us, tried to extort money from me, and told me all sorts of lies about my woman, so I would break up, and restart sending money for a new relationship....)
With Army of Brides, the Mariupol head office are the people to trust (Oleg, the boss, Irina, his assistant are now friends of mine). Beware the sub-Agencies in the other cities... those are needed of course, but the quality and honesty of those local people are very irregular....
My principle, looking back now, is.... if you are normal, solvent, serious, reliable, be certain that your lovely woman IS out there, waiting for you.... there is no doubt about this. The question is: will you be willing/able to spend the time/effort/emotions/stress/monies (which are all required in fair amounts) in order to find her.
And although I have found her, we are still working at adapting to each other, and need to be intelligent enough to keep the relationship going, even when times are rough (sadness about leaving home and country, different standards, habits... which can make life surprisingly difficult)
I am not pessimistic (quite the opposite in fact) but we must not kid ourselves that it is simple, quick, cheap and easy. It is NOT. But the rewards are huge! I live in a dream, with a lovely woman who gives me a new, unexpectedly happy life, as I give her a new, unexpectedly happy (at least I try) life!
Sorry I write so much... but I have been where you are now, with no one to help me, and I promised myself that I would try and help others, when I could.
This lady scammed me out of a gift and lunch last july...
If you think you would regret about the money you spend on gifts - simply do not buy anything, better invite a girl for a cup of coffee. If a girl is honest, cup of coffee will do - she is aiming at communicating with you, but not tries to get presents from you. If she is a scammer - you do not need her anyway. But be a man to accept that a woman might not like you when you meet in person, even after she almost loves you in her letters - people are different in letters and in real life.
I wrote you a email to ask you why you are listed on a anti scam site as a untrust worthy agency. I have been dealing with you for a few weeks and you have always been helpfull but i was obviosly worried to read this. I wrote to the person who runs this site and asked him why your agency was on there black list. I had a reply today saying they could not say if the women were real or not, so i would like to ask you what garuntees have i that the letters i write and receive are going to the girls i have chosen from your site. I have been told that there is no garuntee that it is them writing back to me, PLEASE answer this email as it is obviosly a wrry to me.
This is not the first time we get such question from our clients concerning listing of our web-sites in Jim's list. Here's the reply: we do not know why, but Jim doesn't like our owner, Oleg Syedyshev -
they have never met personally, Jim knows nothing about the way we work, and didn't ever asked us about it. Perhaps, it is because Jim is friendly with Angelika.net (Larry Gucciardo and David Stickney) who have had some misunderstandings with Oleg in the past. What is written in the "report" is not true - we do not steal profiles from any web-sites, we call each girl to verify her identity from our main office (which very few agencies do), and we DO look for partners - local marriage agencies to deliver mail for girls in their cities. All profiles on our web-sites are given by such local marriage agencies - they do not have their own web-sites, but they have women who want to find a foreign partner, so such agencies participate in our affiliate program. We do not hide anything from the said above - all this is written on our web-site pages. All big nets work on this scheme: one web-site with a lot of girls, many local agencies that deliver mail to ladies, do advertising in their cities, help men when they come to meet the lady personally. We would like to see some evidence given by Jim - but he doesn't give any on his web-site... He thinks himself the highest authority, the person who knows absolutely everything about scam... but how can he? What guarantees/proofs would you consider solid? you ask and we will give them to you. If you have any further questions - contact us.
Jim gives some comments about Hanuma Net Ltd web-sites, and it seems he has read this answer. Hopefully he will read this update too and add to his site the "proof that army-of-brides.com copies and steals profiles from other sites and agencies" (citation from Jim's list).
Honest Jim, if you read this, give the facts for our users:
Jim writes: "It says that I don't know how they run their agencies. That is true. I have no idea. But I DO know how they run their scams. There are a number of Russian sites where Russians are complaining about him (Oleg) stealing photos and profiles."
NAME THE SITES, JIM.
Jim writes: "He (Oleg) also has pornographic sites, so why even bother using any of his services?"
NAME THE SITES, JIM!
BTW, Jim, there are some sites listed with ours that do not belong to Oleg Syedyshev. Check "who is" more attentively.
How can people believe a person who never shows himself? never gives proofs? names himself THE Leader and highest authority without any grouds for this?
Oleg Syedyshev and Hanuma Net NEVER hide, all the web-sites have contact information available for the customers, not only an email, but also phone numbers and actual office address. Guys, think about, why Jim didn't give his actual contact information on his site (unlike we do in the bottom of every page)?
I don't know if someone translated a letter wrong to a lady, but I am in Irkutsk, which last time I looked is in Russia and not Africa. I made no word that I was in Africa so I would like to know what is up? I found the letter to be a joke as well since it is quite a bit of money that is paid for your services. I don't think I will write to this person again since she I don't believe is serious. More like fun for her which is okay but I won't play that game.
It is a pure misunderstanding. Look what the girl wrote in her letter: Thank you very much for your letter. It is so sunny and warm that it seemed to me that you wrote to me from Africa! :))) Thank you very much! So, you can see that the lady wanted to express how much warmth she felt in a your letter; she didn't mean that you wrote her from Africa, it was just a comparison (it is always warm in Africa, and the girl felt warmth in your letter).
The girl signed her letter Ksyusha, when in her profile her name is Kseniya. Is it a scam?
Of course, it is not! The girl just uses common variant of her name to sign her letters. One and the same name can have many variants. It is understandable that Western men wouldn't know all variants of Russian women names, as, for example, it still surprises Russian women when Robert from profile becomes Bob in the letters. We would advise you to consult Russian women names
page to find out a little bit more about most popular variants of names that can be used by Russian brides in correspondence.
Do you interview any of the women that are advertised on your site? What backgrounds checks to you do and what sort of ID do you check?
It is obligatory that every local agency should check woman's ID - passport in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia (it is NOT an international passport which is needed only for travelling abroad, and since not many woman can afford traveling, in many cases women just do not have an international passport, it is an internal passport every citizen of these countries receive when he/she reaches the age of 16). There we can check: first name, last name, middle name, date of birth, place of registration (NOT postal address, or living address, but the address where this person is registered. It is quite often BUT NOT ALWAYS that this place of registration co-insides with the living and postal address for the woman). We do NOT do background checks, we are NOT a detective agency, we are MARRIAGE and DATING agency. We offer services on e-mail forwarding, translation, gift delivery. We can only promise that Russian girls presented by Army Of Brides are not married - this information is given in girl's passport - if she has never been married there is no stamp in woman's Ukrainian or Russian passport, if she is divorced, there is a stamp about her marriage and divorce. We can't check "unofficial" relations of Russian brides - boyfriends, lovers, etc., and if a girl is in relations and comes to us it means her relations are not serious. Women come to us because they WANT TO GET MARRIED, and consider a marriage agency to be a good chance to meet reliable man for love, romance, serious relations and marriage.
If the majority of women using this site are poor and have no passport so they cannot travel why do you not have these details on their profile?
It is a common knowledge that economic conditions in Russia and Ukraine are inferior to Western countries, and this is one of the reasons why so many Russian women are searching for a husband in the West. If you are searching for a rich wife, you should NOT look among Russian women. Many women from Ukraine and Russia have never been abroad, though it has become rather popular now to spend vacations in Turkey. Western men are looking for a true love here, for partner in life, and love doesn't divide people to poor and rich. We would advise you to read about finding a Russian wife in the Internet (there are a lot of articles on this topic). The most important is that bringing a wife from Ukraine or Russia is time/ effort/ emotions/ stress/ money consuming process. You must not kid yourself that it is simple, quick, cheap and easy. It is NOT. But the rewards are huge!
Why is it that your site uses photos taken by professionals in a studio environment instead of using normal photos taken outside?
Professional photos are made not only for professional models: Russian women understand that the first impression you, foreign men, get about a woman is from the photos in her profile in our Russian women catalog, and if the picture is of low quality you may not write the woman back. If a Russian girl is serious she will go to the professional photographer and pay quite a sum of money and make professional photos where she looks good. Later on, while exchanging letters, the woman can send you her "amateur" photos, made by her friends (such amateur pictures are really of worse quality than professionally made ones, and after scanning and resizing the quality of amateur photos become even lower; that's why we do not advise Russian women to use their home-made photos for profiles on the Russian brides web-site). The agency usually advises a woman to go to the photographer who makes good photos. You can notice similarities in photos of Russian brides from one city. By the way, some of Western guys should give more attention to their photos as well: when a woman sees in your profile picture from your first wedding in which you just have "cut off" your ex-wife, it doesn't look like you are serious, and many women would feel humiliated by this: they take pains to show you the best, sometimes make several photo-sessions at different photographers to attract your attention, and you post to your profile just any picture of yours... If you are not going to the photo-studio to make pictures, try at least find one where you are alone, without ex-girlfriends or any other women (even if it is your mother or sister), where you look good, where you are (preferably) dressed nicely, and most important - this should be a recent picture of yourself.
I wrote to the girls and they never really answered my 2 page letters except with about ten lines of nothingness. I have been scammed good and proper on two occasions, maybe it is another scam...
We completely understand your feelings - when a man was scammed before he is expecting scam everywhere, and this tendency is spreading all over the Internet like a paranoia, and we are really sorry for the whole situation in the field of Internet dating. We try to provide honest services, but we have to rely on the local agencies to deliver correspondence to women. We do regularly check the database, call women to verify their telephone numbers, postal addresses and their interest in our services. We understand that men have to make a choice - to place an ad on the free web-site and risk to be contacted by "gold-diggers" or to pay for the services of the agency and risk to be scammed by the agency. We do not try to talk anyone to be our client - it is your choice what is the best for you - you should just think all this over and make conclusions - Internet CAN'T be reliable 100%, even the best agencies can have problems. As for replies from women, we do not MAKE women write long letters, they write what they write. We would advise you to consult anti-scam web-site regarding this: men who receive long thoughtful letters from Russian women be careful - it may turn out to be scam.