Thousands of people, including many lonely and gullible British men, have lost large amounts of money after entering into correspondence with women on websites, naively beguiled by their warm words, suggestive chat and the sexy pictures they attach to their emails.
When they were asked to send money, which the women claimed was needed for British visas or to buy tickets for travel to Britain, the men readily agreed.
They never saw the money or heard from the women again.
And a third is a glamorous 23-year-old who calls herself "Anna Safina".
In an email to one British man, Anna wrote: "I wish I could be with you.
I'm sure that together we will have a lot of fun and spend great time!
"I'm very caring person and loving, I will do for you everything to make you feel good.
"I want to wake up in the morning early and prepare food for you.
I want to meet you in the evening when you come from your work and kiss you tender, to hold you and to show you all my love." It sounded just too good to be true and, of course, it was.In reality, "Anna" was part of a scam masterminded in Yoshkar-Ola, the scale of which was revealed last week to The Mail on Sunday by the FSB, the Russian secret service, after a series of raids.One remote city and so many beautiful women, all desiring nothing more than to fire the passion of British men.Our pictures below show some of the stunning Russian ladies who have offered themselves on dating and marriage websites recently.All of them hail from the far-flung outpost of Yoshkar-Ola, close to the Ural Mountains.One willowy beauty is a hard-up nurse who is desperate to leave her impoverished homeland and start a new life with a man in the West.